2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28: Here It Is49
Not to steal the fire from the 2014 Cadillac CTS or anything, but Chevrolet has revealed a refreshed Camaro for the 2014 model year. Most importantly, with the new Camaro comes the resurrection of the Z/28 moniker, which will be powered by the amazing 7.0L LS7 V8 engine mated to a six-speed Tremec TR6060 manual transmission. This puts the output of the Z/28 at 500 howling horsepower, and 470 pounds-feet of torque, fitting perfectly between the 426 horsepower Camaro SS, and the 580 horsepower Camaro ZL1. In many track-oriented circles, the 2014 Camaro Z/28 is perhaps the most capable Camaro ever.
For instance, Chevy claims that the 2014 Camaro Z/28 is an average of three seconds faster per lap than the more powerful ZL1. This is thanks to chassis revisions, such as a unique suspension and huge Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires that measure 305 in every corner, that allow the Z/28 to grip at up to 1.05 lateral G forces. Then there’s the Brembo brakes, which provide 1.5G of stopping force. And last, but certainly not least, is the fact that the Z/28 is 300 pounds lighter than the mighty ZL1, thanks to several incremental tweaks, ranging from thinner rear window glass, to lighter wheels. Even the carpet and tire inflator kit was ripped out of the trunk, along with all the speakers in the cabin, save for one in order to hear the door and seatbelt chimes. To really hit it home as to how hard-core the Z/28 is, the air conditioning is not standard, and comes as the vehicle’s only option. Yet the Z/28 still managed to keep its second row of seats, though we pity the sorry souls that find themselves in the second row of this track beast.
Inside, the Z/28 is treated with manually adjustable Recaro racing seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and seat cutouts that seem ready for five-point harnesses.
GM Authority was the first to report that General Motors was on track to bring back the Z/28, all the way back to when the company re-applied for the trademark of the name. Evidence began to mount when a VIN card leaked out, listing an LS7 engine for the 2014 model-year Camaro, and again when the Z/28 name appeared on a part fitted to the ZL1 Camaro. Those with sharper memories may recall that rumors of the Z/28 began swirling as far back as 2011.
Update: check out the full 2014 Camaro Z/28 specifications.
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Wow, watching the intro… Wow, omg Z-28 so freakin nice… New Camaro is freakin smokin Hot… Wow, when the Z-28 came out bout crapped my pants… So nice, way to step it up GM… Dang… Speachless…
Wow the Boss doesn’t have shit on this at ALL!! Nice. Not sure about that rear end but wow this is a huge success. I love it and those seats. But my favorite thing is the loss of 300 lbs over the ZL1
Hey Matt. the Boss is a 302… here I shall say it slower 3 0 2. Chevy decided not to compete with Ford (Boss) cause they cant build a small block (5.0) to match so they re-cycle the vette convertible 427 stick a badge on it and say “hey look a z-28”
SCA Trans AM is still 5.0 litre limit. GM like typical Democrats make up there own rules and declare victory
OBTW its numbers are not that good 0-60 in 4.15 confirmed. Quarter is in the low to mid 12’s.
Buy the ZL1. Its a great car and you’ll have a better chance against the coyotes
Sorry Boss Man, but your fanboy-ism is misplaced. The Boss Laguna Secca can’t even beat or out handle a 1LE! (This has been proven and all comparos have said unequivocally that the 1LE is the superior car)
As for GM’s decision to not make a 5.0 hipo v8, there was no need. Neither car is competing in Trans Am and the closest modern equivalent (World Challenge) has no such limit – so why bother?
Also you need to get informed; everybody knows the 4.8l and 5.3l V 8 can easily eclipse 425 with just cam/ head swaps. Never mind F.I. . GM simply chose not to go that route. And why would they when they have a purpose built, world class road racing engine sitting right on the shelf in the form of the LS7!
If the 1LE is superior to even the Laguna Secca, the Z28 will reside in a higher class entirely.
Sidenote: the coyote is a mean a$$ motor. But it’s strength on the streets rest almost entirely in the modified F.I. Realm. Supercharges, turbos, nitrous, displacement still talks. And the coyote is still playing catch up when all things are equal.
So the ZL1 model will be continued and still have the supercharged 6.2? No way to fit a supercharged 7.0 in it?
The z28 and the zl1 are different cars, hence the different engines. It would be relatively easy to supercharge the 7.0 with some money.
This z28 is going back to it’s Trans AM roots. It’s a Road Racing track special like the Z28 is supposed to be. A supercharger adds weight and doesn’t allow the engine to rev as high. the power deliver is different as well. The LS7 may have a huge displacement at 7.0L but it’s designed and biased to high, free revving HP vs down low torque…in essence the most bad ass of GM V8 track engines.
why does it have a 2012 radio? no my link infotainment system?
Air conditioning is OPTIONAL,Took ALL the speakers out except one. Sounds like your info center is optional Lost 300 lbs of weight. AWESOME. Now go find a mustang to embarrass!!!!!
Nope. No radio. Only one speaker in the car, and it’s for the door chime!
What did they do to the back!? Hideous!
Unless it’s the 90s: http://www.videovoom.com/VideosOfCars%20copy/images/Photos1992LexusSC400/Photo1992LecusSC400RearPassengerAngle.jpeg
Come on now, the Lexus has less black plastic (why, why, why ADD black plastic for the hell of it, GM?), and it doesn’t have a cutout for a European license plate.
dude… a cutout for a euro license plate? are u serious? 1. I doubt any Z28’s will be crossing the Atlantic and 2. if you’re one of the queers that puts euro plates on cars here for “looks” you deserve to be shot anyways especially on a Camaro. Now if you’re referring to a front licence plate bracket then its a dealer installed one that clips onto the fascia and if you’re unfortunate enough to live in a state that requires them (such as the garbage dump known as Ohio) then I wouldn’t be too worried anyways, cops don’t usually hang out on road tracks where this baby will spend most of her time. Just don’t get caught on the way there!
Wrong… Look at the overall car… The tail lights are fine, go check your head…
Anyone ever tell you you are a scumbag. And that you are what’s wrong with the world? Yeah, I bet you they have.
OMG! That is Sooo funny! I was thinking the exact same thing!!! “The 2014 Camaro, inspired by the generic look of the Lexus SC300 Coupe” The early nineties are back baby!
What a failure for the Camaro. The rear lights “wrap around” – wow! Suddenly, it’s 1989. So with the wrap around lights they could have eliminated the separate side-marker light cleaning up the body a little, but no, they keep it. How pathetic this is.
acually these tail lights look insired by the early camaro’s whic hthe 90’s jap cars tried to emulate for tail lights i gues because I see old camaro in those lights not honda
What’s going to happen to the ZL1? If the Z28 is faster on the track, then why would anyone buy the ZL1? Does the ZL1 get upgrades too?
The Camaro Zl1 is a street and track car, and it is much faster 0-60 sec, and quarter mile time, plus it’s fully loaded with A/C, Radio, infotainment, selectable drive modes, handles much better on the streets, backseats, cheaper in price, 58,000 +,
The Camaro Z/28 no rear seats, no radio, no A/C, Price 75,000 +, Not to comfortable to drive on the streets but performs the best on the Track. If you have the money to buy this car and have a second car for daily driving than it would be a good choice.
I’m not going to bitch about the Z/28, it was a wise move for GM to make.
The front looks better than I thought it would, too (the hood is still awful, IMO). But the rear is worse! (There’s a seriously bad trend going on with GM rear ends lately.) Oh well, I’ve never liked everything about any of my cars or trucks.
How do you figure the rear is worse, the car looks freakin awsome… What the heck is your problem… Go post your rediculous comments on autoblog along with all of the other posers…
It’s one thing to have a difference of opinion, but you’re going to call me names? You are really\some kind of scumbag.
If you have not watched the intro and you want to want to be a critic based on these pictures SHUT YOUR TRAP and go watch the intro video…
I have you little piss ant. It’s my opinion. That’s all. Are you so insecure that you can’t handle a differing opinion? Did I call you a tasteless fanboy? Suggest you need glasses? Suggest you’re a narcissistic little twerp? No, I just shared my thoughts, went about my day, came back, and saw your crap. Do I care that you seem to like the car? Seriously, do you think I care because I don’t. Wouldn’t even I loved the changes. And you know what, go ahead and continue on insulting me… because I don’t really care about that either. You’re a piss ant. Plain and simple. Have a nice life, piss ant.
Dude chill out, better yet the preschool down the road is enrolling new students maybe you should enroll… Dude I was just sharing my opinion as well, I dont care what you think… You are entitled to your opinion just as much as I am to mine, but bring some substance to it… I have been posting comments to this site for 3 years and have no problem calling trolls like yourself out…
Only Porsche or a very high end hyper car maker can get away with taking away features (radio, ac, etc.) from cars and then charging more for it.
I seriously hope that this car has options to add radio, AC, etc. back in to make it a regular car. Saving 300 lbs of weight is only going to attract the smallest of small customer bases for a car that is already very heavy.
I wonder where this is going to fit in price wise.
This is a more track oriented car, they can most definitely get away with deleting items
this is a race car made for track racing.
Chevy dealers are jumping for joy over this one Z/28,LS7-427 with dry sump,500hp, Recaro’s, Brembo carbon/ceramic brakes, etc….Can you say “bump sticker”! Won’t matter though, demand will certainly far exceed the supply. This very well could be one to buy and “put away”.
Wow, looks incredible, that front and rear end look amazing. Engine bay’s not to shabby either!
Very cool! I think the new tail lights are more reminiscent of the 69’s. only problem I see is this might kill ZL1 sales.
I sincerely hope that those gloss black wheels are available for the SS sedan!!
Thats a significant change. Thats exactly what I was hoping for. Amazing. Simply Amazing.
On a side note, we have a 300lbs of weight loss for the Z/28. Any word on whether the rest of the line up lost a few pounds as well?
only if they pull features
Other than a rear seat delete and MRC I cant think of any other way to improve this car. Well done Chevy!!!
The suspension on this car is better than MRC,, MRC is great for daily driving and track. This suspension is setup to own the track.
How. Much. ?.
I just wish they would have left the taillights as they were, these ones just don’t look right on this car. But this Z/28 sure is hot!
frikkin awesome… finally USA is gonna have something trackable with all the “parts” that you pay through your arse to get installed on other cars… you need a stereo on this car don’t kid yourself and it would look better with flat black vs gloss black IMO… but yeah it’s a home run… can’t wait to see what kind of times it will do @ VIR and other tracks with Pobst at the wheel!!!
Stereo?!? pshshshsh; let those 911 guys creep around off ramps and hang at the back of the pack on track days while listening to Beethoven wory about optimal radios. I’ll be too busy cranking up that bad ass American sound track of 427 cubic inches screaming at 7000rpm to even notice there is no radio!
Yes those features are available. The option is to DELETE them. And no mention of a Ma—bu redo. got that one wrong