2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Edges Closer to Production

Z281

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 Nürburgring, all laid out in the company's southeast Michigan backyard.

Z282

This makes it easy to test cars at high speeds and in challenging conditions without the expense of shipping them all over creation. Sadly, no driving time was allowed, but GM did give us a peek into where the Z/28 is headed when it arrives in showrooms early next year.

First the details: The new Z/28 is a track car, not meant for daily-driver use like the last Z/28. It has no air conditioning and only one audio speaker, necessary to produce audio warning sounds in the car. GM's gearhead engineers have gone through the entire car and have, in their words, "taken out anything that doesn't make it go faster or is required by law." The resulting numbers: a 7.0-liter V-8 from last year's Corvette Z06 making 505-horsepower and 481 pounds-feet of torque. It's 60 pounds lighter than a Camaro SS 1LE and nearly 300 pounds lighter than a Camaro ZL1. It just lapped the famed Nuerburgring Nordschleife in 7:37.40 minutes — in the rain. That's faster than the Lamborghini Murcielago or Porsche 911 Carrera S.

Z283

All in all, Chevrolet says that 190 parts are unique to the Z/28 versus the 2014 Camaro SS, and the list of equipment is long. There's a unique tire and wheel package that is far lighter than those found on the SS, which helps to drop the car's center of gravity by 33 millimeters. Standard carbon ceramic brakes are fitted, which supposedly offer amazing durability and lack of fade, lap after lap, and which GM says offer 20 times the lifespan of normal brakes. Enormous Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires are used, with 305/30ZR19 tires all around, the widest front tire of any production car in the world. The supplier list of go-fast bits looks like a who's-who of the automotive aftermarket racing parts world: Mahle, Brembo, Recaro, Torsen, Pankl, etc.

Sadly, my experience did not involve driving the car, as these are still development models. That opportunity should come sometime in early 2014. But as a passenger in the hands of one of GM's incredibly skilled development drivers, I can attest to the astonishing abilities of the Z/28. It has supercar grip, racecar sound and yet should still be accessible to weekend warrior racers who want to drive their entry to the track. The Z/28 will be the most expensive Camaro you can buy when it goes on sale next year, slotting in above the already monstrous ZL1, and GM is looking to limit production to just 3,000 to 4,000 Z/28s during the next two years.

Z284

Related
2014 Chevrolet Camaro: What's Changed
2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 at the 2013 New York Auto Show
Research the 2014 Camaro on Cars.com

Comments 

ect

There are rumors about the Z/28 mass production that this will be manufactured somewhere in state of Canada by the end of the year on 2014. And some says it will begin before the year end which are very annoying. Please give me an information regarding the matter.

The current Camaro is indeed manufactured in Canada, at the GM plant in Oshawa, Ontario, and there is no reason to believe that the Z/28 variant will be any different. The 7.0L LS7 V-8 engine however will be hand-built at the Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

sheth

LS7 wont be built in michigan any more?

karl

nevah was

Post a Comment 

Please remember a few rules before posting comments:

  • If you don't want people to see your email address, simply type in the URL of your favorite website or leave the field empty.
  • Do not mention specific car dealers by name. Feel free to mention your city, state and brand.
  • Try to be civil to your fellow blog readers. This blog is not a fan or enthusiast forum, it is meant to help people during the car-buying process and during the time between purchases, so shoppers can keep a pulse on the market.
  • Stay on topic. We want to hear your opinions and thoughts, but please only comment about the specified topic in the blog post.
view posting rules

If you have a TypeKey or TypePad account, please Sign In

Search Results

KickingTires Search Results for

Search Kicking Tires

KickingTires iPhone App
Ask.cars.com