2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Priced at $75,000
DETROIT ? Chevrolet today announced the 2014 Camaro Z/28 will go on
sale this spring with a suggested retail price of $75,000, including a
$995 destination charge, but excluding tax, title, license and dealer
The new Z/28 is offered in five exterior colors ? Red Hot, Black,
Silver Ice Metallic, Ashen Gray Metallic and Summit White. Only a
single option is available: A $1,150 package that adds air
conditioning and a total of six audio speakers. The standard Z/28
package includes one speaker.
"The Camaro Z/28 is an uncompromising performer that's bred for
the track ? and every one of its unique components supports the goal
of faster lap times," said Mark Reuss, president, General Motors
North America. "It takes the Z/28 back to its racing roots and
adds to the strong lineup of Chevrolet performance cars, including a
revamped Camaro SS and supercharged ZL1, as well as the SS sedan,
Corvette Stingray convertible and 2015 Corvette Z06, which we'll
introduce at the North American International Auto Show next
The Z/28's unique exterior is designed like a race car to produce
downforce that presses the tires against the track for greater grip ?
up to 1.08 g in cornering acceleration ? and faster lap times. The
aerodynamically optimized design helped the Camaro Z/28 log a lap on
Germany's legendary Nürburgring road course that was four seconds
faster than the Camaro ZL1's and beat published times for the Porsche
911 Carrera S and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.
Power comes from the 7.0L LS7 engine, with dry-sump oiling, rated at
an SAE-certified 505 horsepower (376 kW) and 481 lb-ft of torque (652
Nm). The engine will be built by hand at the new Performance Build
Center within GM's Bowling Green assembly plant.
A close-ratio six-speed manual transmission is the only transmission
offered and power is distributed to the rear wheels via a Torsen
limited-slip differential featuring a helical gear set, rather than
traditional clutch packs, for optimal traction. The differential works
in unison with Chevrolet's proprietary Performance Traction Management
system, allowing drivers to adjust the level of throttle and braking
intervention to match their capability and driving environment.
The Camaro Z/28 is also one of the first production cars fitted with
race-proven, spool-valve dampers, which allow four-way damping
control, enabling engineers to precisely tune both bump and rebound
settings for high-speed and low-speed wheel motions. The wider tuning
range also allows dramatically greater damper stiffness without a
significant change in ride quality. Additional chassis changes include
stiffer spring and bushing rates for improved cornering response.
Lightweight, 19-inch forged aluminum wheels and Pirelli PZero Trofeo R
tires reduce unsprung weight by 49.6 pounds (22.5 kilograms) per car
compared to the 20-inch wheels standard on Camaro SS and ZL1.
The massive 305/30ZR19 PZero Trofeo R tires represent the first
production-car application in the industry and are believed to be the
widest front tire on any productioThn car. To fully exploit their
grip, the Z/28 also features Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix? rotors and
fixed, monoblock calipers. The large 394 x 36 mm front rotors are
paired with six-piston calipers, while the 390 x 32 mm rear rotors are
paired four-piston calipers. Compared to similar-size, two-piece steel
rotors, the lightweight carbon discs save 28 pounds (12.5 kg) per
The combination of tire grip and braking power enable the Camaro Z/28
to achieve at least 1.5 g in deceleration. With standard front brake
cooling ducts, the Z/28 is also capable of continuous track use.
On the interior, the Camaro Z/28 features trim in a distinctive,
matte-metallic finish called Octane, a flat-bottom steering wheel and
Recaro seats with microfiber inserts. The seats feature aggressive
bolsters for high-performance driving, as well as seat cutouts
inspired by the five-point harnesses found on racing seats. To save
weight, both front seats incorporate manual adjustment.
The rear seats of the Z/28 have also been modified for weight
reduction. Nine pounds, or four kilograms, were saved by eliminating
the seat-back pass-through, as well as using high-density foam in
place of the rigid structure of the seat back and steel mesh of the
Additional examples of weight savings include:
Elimination of the tire-inflator kit, except for Rhode Island and New
Hampshire, where it is required by law
Removal of some interior sound deadener, as well as trunk carpet
Use of a smaller, lighter battery
Thinner rear-window glass ? 3.2 mm vs. the standard 3.5 mm
Elimination of high-intensity discharge, or HID, headlamps and fog
No air conditioning except as part of the single option package.
The Camaro Z/28 will be available to order in late January with the
first cars delivered to customers in the spring. Rights to the first
Camaro Z/28, VIN 0001, will be auctioned at Barrett Jackson Auction in
Scottsdale, Ariz. on January 18.
The Z/28's suggested retail price includes destination and freight
charges, as well as the gas-guzzler tax.
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