Chevrolet has unveiled the new-look MY2014 Camaro line at the 2013 New York Auto Show. The MY2014 Camaro models now bear a revised exterior design integrating high-performance aerodynamics for more efficient cooling and stability at high speeds. One of the models unveiled was the returning Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, which boasts of a full aerodynamics package that creates downforce at speed.
Chevrolet released the first Camaro Z/28 in 1967 as a competing car in the Sports Car Club of America's Trans-Am 2 class. The first Z/28 is powered by a smaller and lighter 302-cubic-inch V-8 for enhanced weight balance. The car also features quick-ratio steering and a heavy-duty suspension for track use.
Because the 1967 Camaro Z/28 was made to focus on road racing, it was not available with an automatic transmission or air conditioning. On the other hand, the new Camaro Z/28 is not intended to compete in a specific race series. Despite that, the new Camaro Z/28 is also focused on track capability. In fact, in initial testing, the Camaro Z/28 clocked three seconds better per lap than the Camaro ZL1.
This surge in speed for the Camaro Z/28 has been attributed to increased grip, more stopping power and reduced curb weight. Thanks to comprehensive chassis revamps, the new Camaro Z/28 could do 1.05 g in cornering acceleration. Also the Z/28 features Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes that are capable of 1.5 g in deceleration as well as consistent brake feel.
Likewise, the naturally aspirated Z/28 is 300 lbs lighter than the supercharged Camaro ZL1, thanks to a number of revisions like lightweight wheels and thinner rear-window glass. The newest Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is still available with a manual transmission, although air-conditioning could be installed as an option.
Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, remarked that they aimed to create fastest road-racing yet street-legal Camaro possible. He said that while the ZL1 offers remarkable performance on the street, the drag strip, and the track, the Z/28 is solely made for track performance.
He noted that while the Z/28 will be too track-focused for most drivers, it could be one of the most capable track cars offered by a carmaker. Chevrolet will start deliveries of the new 2014 Camaro line to its dealers later in 2013 while it expects the new Z/28 to be competing at track events across the United States in spring 2014.
Truly, the MY2014 Camaro represents the most noteworthy redesign since Chevrolet launched the fifth-generation Camaro as a concept in 2006. Tom Peters, Camaro exterior design director, remarked that the MY2014 Camaro was their opportunity to apply what they learned from listening to customers as well as from the continuing development of high-performance models.
He added that by looking for solutions that are both functional and beautiful, they were able to create a Chevrolet that is “simple, powerful, honest, and more than expected." With the significant styling changes for the MY2014 Camaro, it acquires a wider, lower, more contemporary look.
It features a front fascia that has a wider lower opening as well as a narrower upper opening that updated the looks of the iconic "halo ring" HID headlamps on the Camaro RS package. The Camaro SS features a functional hood vent that helps reduce heat and aerodynamic lift. On the rear, the Camaro SS features sculptural decklid, horizontal lamps and diffuser.