2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 gets a price tag of $75,000

Article by Christian A., on January 3, 2014

General Motors today announced that the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 will carry a price tag of $75,000, including a $995 destination charge, but excluding the tax, title, license and dealer fees. For those who don’t know, the 2014 Camaro Z/28 will be offered in five exterior colors: Red Hot, Black, Silver Ice Metallic, Ashen Gray Metallic and Summit White.

The standard Camaro Z/28 includes one speaker, but for those who want more, Chevrolet offers a single option: a $1,150 package that ads air conditioning and a total of six audio speakers. Each Camaro Z/28 will be powered by a 7.0-liter LS7 engine, with dry-slump oiling rated at 505 hp (376 kW) and 652 Nm (481 lb-ft) of torque.

The engine is bolted to a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission, while the power is delivered to the rear wheels via a Torsen limited-slip differential featuring a helical gear set, rather than traditional clutch packs, for optimal traction.

Moreover, the 2014 Camaro Z/28 comes with 19-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped in Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires that reduce unsprung weight by 49.6 pounds (22.5 kilograms) per car compared to the 20-inch wheels standard on Camaro SS and ZL1.

Behind these wheels we find the 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.

The latest iteration of the Chevrolet Camaro (2014 model year) has been dramatically redesigned to reflect the wishes and preferences of customers.

Tom Peters, Camaro exterior design director, quipped that the 2014 Camaro provided them an arena to apply the inputs from their customers and from their continuing development of high-performance models. Peters noted that the brand sought solutions that are both functional and beautiful, resulting to a Camaro that is truly a Chevrolet.

When compared to its predecessor, the 2014 Camaro features a number of drastic changes both on the front and rear. These changes allowed the new Camaro to sport a wider, lower yet more contemporary look. For instance, the front fascia features a narrower upper opening and a wider lower aperture, as flanked on the sides by the iconic "halo ring" HID headlamps (on Camaro RS package). Meanwhile, the Camaro SS is provided with a functional hood vent on that could help lower both temperature and aerodynamic lift. The rear end, meanwhile, is marked by horizontal lamps, a sculptural decklid and diffuser.

On the other hand, the Camaro Z/28 has a full aerodynamic package that should generate ample downforce when the car is moving at track speeds. The package includes a large front splitter, an underbody panel, fender flares and extended rocker panels as well as an aggressive rear spoiler and functional diffuser.

Inside, the new Camaro Z/28 is wrapped in the new Octane matte-metallic finish. Further interior details include the ZL1 flat-bottomed steering wheel as well as standard Recaro seats with microfiber suede inserts.

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2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Priced at $75,000

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 fees.

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 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 car.

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.

Interior details

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 seat bottom.

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 lights
  • 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.

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