Amongst plenty of gearhead goodies, the ($75,000) 2014 Camaro Z/28 comes standard with giant Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, but purposely without standard air conditioning (optional), or carpeting in the the trunk (completely unavailable). These top-of-the line brakes can withstand incredible abuse, and are not something found on cars south of $100,000.
To put things in perspective, the next cheapest car with carbon ceramic brakes standard is the Audi R8 V10 Plus, which costs $170,545. By the way, the Z/28 ran the ‘Ring nearly 10 seconds faster than what’s been recorded for the Audi. And it did so in the rain.
These six-piston-in-the-front-and-four-in-the-back carbon ceramic brake rotors are better at slowing the car down, and are far more resistant to heat compared to steel rotors, which goes a long way in terms of stopping consistency. In fact, these stoppers provide over one G force of deceleration for the Z/28. They also help in adding lightness, as they are 40 percent lighter than comparative steel rotors. Lastly, these brakes are more practical because they should sustain throughout the life of the car. All in all, it helps the new Z/28 come from a complete halt from 60 mph in just 113 feet. Impressive for a track machine that weighs in over 3,800 lbs. And after a bit of experience with them after a day at the track, we can vouch for their capabilities. But more on that to come soon.