When Chevrolet introduced the new Camaro back in 2009 with a fresh face, a new platform and hot engines under the hood, enthusiasts around the country had one question: Where's the Z/28? The moniker has long graced amped-up versions of Chevrolet's muscle car, but for the last few years it has remained suspiciously absent from the latest Camaro, with the performance mantle being handled by the SS and, later, the super-powerful ZL1.
Rumors of a 7.0-liter V-8-powered Camaro in the pipeline persisted, however, and at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, Chevy finally unveiled the goods — a new 2014 Z/28 meant specifically for road-racing enthusiasts who want to drive a competitive car to the track, win, and drive it home again.
I recently got some passenger seat time in a new preproduction Z/28, still in development phase, at GM's Milford Proving Grounds. The company has a specially built track called the Milford Road Course that combines elements from tracks around the world, including the famed Nürburgring, all laid out in the company's southeast Michigan backyard.