Preview 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
By Glen Woodcock, Toronto Sun
(Barely) street legal Chevy Camaro Z/28
It’s not always possible to keep a secret in an organization as large as General Motors – too many lips to not let it slip. Especially when the secret is so juicy good the natural impulse is to want to share it.
But GM managed to pull it off and the unveiling of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 was a total surprise – and a pleasant one, judging by the applause and cheers the car received when it rolled onstage at the 2013 New York International Auto Show.
True to the original Z/28 from 1967, the 2104 model is a (barely) street legal model that’s really meant for the racetrack.
To help shave kilograms, the rear glass is thinner, the battery is lightweight and tires are smaller (19 inches) than on stock Camaros. There’s no tire inflation kit or fog lights and a lot of the sound deadening materials have been pulled. The space for the stereo system has been gutted too, although one speaker remains for the driver to hear the federally mandated seat belt chime.
Air conditioning is optional but lightweight Recaro seats for driver and front passenger are standard.
Power comes from a hand-assembled LS7 engine borrowed from Corvette – supposedly the most powerful small block V8 ever, good for a reported 500 hp. The 7.0-litre engine is lightweight yet strong with titanium intake valves and connecting rods plus a forged-steel crankshaft.
The only transmission is a short throw six-speed manual with final drive ratio of 3.91:1. There’s a performance traction management (PTM) system on the rear drive wheels, lightweight 15-inch Brembo ceramic brakes all around and a track-proven cooling system.
The slippery body shape is designed to create maximum downforce on the track. Fender flares, front and rear, a rear spoiler and extended rocker panels help create aerodynamic stability at high speeds.
The 2014 Camaro Z/28 goes on sale late summer 2013. Pricing has not been announced.