More sexy metal has emerged from the 2014 New York Motor Show. This, friends, is the new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, a car that marks something of a rebirth for the most celebrated model in Camaro history.
The Z/28 was originally introduced in 1967 as a sportier alternative to the standard Camaro and the new 2014 model is designed with the same purpose in mind. The car comes with a full aero package that provides a more aggressive appearance and increased downforce, better Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes capable of 1.5g in deceleration, plus ‘comprehensive’ chassis revisions that allow it to generate 1.05g during cornering.
Power comes from a 7-litre LS7 V8 engine, co-developed with Corvette Racing, which is expected to deliver ‘at least’ 500 horsepower and an impressive 637Nm of torque. The engine breathes through a dual-mode exhaust that can bypass its silencers under hard acceleration for better torque and increased noise and power is funnelled to the rear wheels via a six-speed close-ration transmission.
An important ace up the Camaro Z/28’s proverbial sleeve is its improved kerb weight. Chevy has discarded pretty much everything that could hinder performance and has shed an impressive 136kg compared to the Camaro ZL1. It’s ditched the stereo system (except one speaker that plays the seatbelt warning chime), eliminated the tyre inflator kit, ditched interior sound deadening and carpets from the boot, swapped the standard battery for a lighter one, fitted thinner, 3.2mm-thick glass on the rear window (it used to be 3.5mm) and fits air conditioning only as an option.
So, it won’t be very luxurious then, but it should go like stink off a shovel with skunk excrement on it. Indeed, Chevy says it should be able to shave up to four seconds off your lap time, assuming you’re any good behind the wheel in the first place.
Price & Availability
We’ve no info a release date or pricing as yet, but we’ll update you when we know more.