With the launch of its 2014 refresh, Chevrolet also announced the revival of the Camaro Z/28 sports car. While the entire line up gets a refresh to improve stability and cooling at high speeds, the Z/28 can also out perform any other Camaro in Chevrolet’s history on the track thanks to a full aerodynamics package.
“As the ultimate track-capable Camaro, this car restores the mission of the original Z/28, and serves as a testament to the expertise of Chevrolet as the best-selling brand of performance cars,” said Mark Reuss, president, GM North America. “The build sheet is the wish list of any racer: lightweight, high-revving, dry-sump LS7 engine; carbon-ceramic brakes; integrated coolers for track use; true aerodynamic downforce, and a significant reduction in curb weight. This car could only come from Chevrolet, and could only be called the Z/28.”
The Z/28 sports car proved itself in testing, beating the ZL1’s lap time by 3 seconds thanks to its 300lb lighter curb weight and enhanced grip.
“We set out to make the fastest road-racing Camaro possible that was still street-legal,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “While the Camaro ZL1 offers exceptional performance on the street, the drag strip, and the track, the Z/28 is entirely focused on the track performance. The Z/28 will be too track-focused for most drivers, but offers road-racers one of the most capable track cars ever offered from an automaker.”
Despite the track-driven design and engineering, the Camaro Z/28 is keeping all four seats in the coupe, as Chevrolet already offers up a two seater with the Corvette, although the rear seats have been modified to reduce weight. It also gets body modifications such as a redesigned underbody that is crafted to reduce lift, fender flairs, bold rear fender diffuser and spoiler, longer rocker panels, and a large splitter.
On the inside, the Z/28 gets a flat bottomed steering wheel, standard Recaro seats with bolsters and a matte-metallic finished dubbed Octane.
Under the hood a 7.0-liter naturally aspirated engine pumps out 580hp, and 470lb-ft of torque.
Delightfully, Chevrolet is only offering the Camaro Z/28, which hits dealerships in the US this spring, in a manual transmission, as it did with the model’s predecessor.