New York Auto Show: 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS shows its new design

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 29, 2013

The iconic Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is now back! The brand unveiled the come-backing Z/28 at the New York Auto Show as part of the restyled 2014 Camaro line. The unveiled MY2014 Camaro models all don a revised exterior design that incorporates high-performance aerodynamics – allowing more efficient cooling and stability even at high speeds.

The MY2014 Camaro signifies the most considerable redesign since Chevrolet introduced the fifth-generation Camaro as a concept car in 2006.

The changes in the design of the new Camaro compared to the new previous model are very visible on the front and rear. For instance, the front fascia now has a wider lower opening. It also features a narrower upper opening that updates the appearance of the “halo ring” HID headlamps on the Camaro RS package. On the other hand, the functional hood vent on the Camaro SS helps reduce heat as well as aerodynamic lift.

Also on the rear, changes include horizontal lamps, sculptural decklid and diffuser.

As for the new Camaro Z/28, this revived icon now features a full aerodynamics package that creates downforce at speed, making it the most track-capable vehicle in Camaro’s history. The aerodynamic package on the Camaro Z/28 is designed to produce downforce at track speeds. The front of the Z/28 now has a large splitter connected to an underbody panel. The Z/28 also features fender flares over the front and rear wheels.

Likewise, the car features extended rocker panels for aerodynamic stability. The Z/28 also features an aggressive rear spoiler and functional diffuser. The cabin of the Camaro Z/28 includes: trim in a distinctive, matte-metallic finish called ‘Octane;’ a ZL1 flat-bottomed steering wheel; and standard Recaro seats with microfiber suede inserts. The Camaro Z/28 also includes new seats that feature aggressive bolsters for high-performance driving.

Complementing these are seat cutouts inspired by the five-point harnesses found on racing seats. Both front seats of the Camaro Z/28 are manually adjusted to cut the car’s weight. To further trim the Camaro Z/28’s weight, Chevrolet got rid of the seat-back pass through and employed high-density foam in place of the rigid structure of the seat back and steel mesh of the seat bottom.

This resulted to total weight savings of around pounds (four kilograms). For improved weight balance and track performance, Chevrolet opted not to install the most Camaro powerful engine available – just like the original Camaro Z/28.

Back in 1967, a 396 cid V-8 with 375 hp was the most powerful engine available. Yet, the original Camaro Z/28 was powered by a less powerful yet lighter engine – a 302 cid V-8 with 290 hp.

Back to the present, the 2014 Camaro Z/28 is powered by a lightweight, naturally aspirated 7.0L LS7 that develops 500 hp (373 kW) of output and 470 lb-ft of torque (637 Nm), instead of the supercharged 6.2L LSA (580 hp) found on the Camaro ZL1.

For maximum airflow, the new Camaro Z/28 features racing-style, cold-air induction system and large K&N air filter. Airflow was further improved by a standard dual mode exhaust system and larger-diameter pipes, which bypass the mufflers during acceleration to the torque and sound generated by the LS7 engine.

The engine powering the Camaro Z/28 is mated to a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission that features close-ratio gearing and 3.91:1 final drive ratio.

Tom Peters, Camaro exterior design director, remarked that the MY2014 Camaro is their opportunity to apply what they have learned from listening to customers, and from continuing development of high-performance vehicles. He added that the automaker’s solutions are both functional and beautiful and are meant to create a genuine Chevrolet that is “simple, powerful, honest, and more than expected.”

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Chevrolet introduces the restyled 2014 Camaro

Chevrolet introduced the restyled 2014 Camaro line at the 2013 New York Auto Show, including the return of the Z/28, the most iconic model in Camaro history.

The 2014 Camaro models feature a revised exterior design that integrates high-performance aerodynamics for more efficient cooling and stability at high speeds. The new Chevy Camaro Z/28 also features a full aerodynamics package that creates downforce at speed, which helps make it the most track-capable offering in Camaro's history.

"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 first Camaro Z/28 was introduced in 1967, created to compete in the Sports Car Club of America's Trans-Am 2 class. It featured a smaller, lighter, 302-cubic-inch V-8 for improved weight balance, as well as quick-ratio steering and a heavy-duty suspension for track use. In keeping with its road-racing focus, the 1967 Camaro Z/28 was not available with an automatic transmission or air conditioning.

While the new Camaro Z/28 is not intended to compete in a specific race series, it is solely focused on track capability. In initial testing, the Camaro Z/28 is three seconds faster per lap than the Camaro ZL1. That extra speed comes from three areas:

Increased grip: The Z/28 is capable of 1.05 g in cornering acceleration, due to comprehensive chassis revisions
Increased stopping power: the Z/28 features Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes capable of 1.5 g in deceleration, and consistent brake feel, lap after lap
Reduced curb weight: The naturally aspirated Z/28 weighs 300 pounds less than the supercharged Camaro ZL1, with changes ranging from lightweight wheels to thinner rear-window glass
Like the original, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is offered only with a manual transmission. In a nod to modern convenience, air-conditioning is available, but only as an option.

"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."

The new 2014 Camaro line will arrive at Chevrolet dealers later in 2013. The Camaro Z/28 is expected to be appearing at track events across the United States in spring 2014.

High-performance aerodynamics highlight changes for 2014 Camaro

The 2014 Camaro represents the most significant redesign since the introduction of the fifth-generation Camaro as a concept car in 2006.

Compared to the previous model, the design represents a strong visual change front and rear, resulting in a wider, lower, more contemporary appearance. The front fascia features a wider lower opening, and a narrower upper opening that also updates the appearance of the iconic "halo ring" HID headlamps on the Camaro RS package. The functional hood vent on the Camaro SS helps reduce heat and aerodynamic lift. Moving to the rear, the sculptural decklid, horizontal lamps and diffuser complete the powerful statement.

The Camaro Z/28 also features a full aerodynamic package designed to produce downforce at track speeds. At the front, the Z/28 features a large splitter, connected to an underbody panel that further reduces lift. In profile, the Z/28 features fender flares over the front and rear wheels, as well as extended rocker panels that contribute to aerodynamic stability. An aggressive rear spoiler and functional diffuser complete the aerodynamic package.

On the interior, the Camaro Z/28 features trim in a distinctive, matte-metallic finish named Octane, the ZL1 flat-bottomed steering wheel, and standard Recaro seats with microfiber suede inserts. The new seats (also available on the coupe versions of the SS and ZL1 models), 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. A total of nine pounds (four kilograms) was 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 seat bottom.

"Unlike the Ford Mustang Boss 302, we felt it was important to keep the 2+2 configuration of the Camaro Z/28 as Chevrolet already has a world-class two-seat sports car in the Corvette," said Oppenheiser. "By modifying the construction of the rear seat, we were able to reduce the overall weight of the Z/28 while still preserving the flexibility of 2+2 seating."

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