A video recently published of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 at the Nurburgring as it finishes one lap in 7 minutes and 37 seconds is proof of how it’s an excellent track-ready version of the brand’s muscle car. With this lap time, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is faster than supercars such as the Porsche 911 Carrera S, the Lexus LFA, and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.
The 505 hp Camaro Z/28, which is meant to be the top performance model of the Camaro range when it arrives in early 2014, was also more than three seconds faster than the 580 hp Camaro ZL1, which completed a lap in 2011 in 7 minutes 41 seconds. The reasons for the Z/28’s incredible performance include several improvements such as carbon-ceramic brakes, a stiffer suspension, and aerodynamic changes like a front splitter and rear wing.
The Z/28 is also 300 lb weight lighter than the ZL1. What makes this run even more impressive is that the Z/28 faced bad weather conditions while on the track. Towards the end of its run, it experienced slightly damp conditions and rain. In a statement, Chevrolet engineers said that if the track had been totally dry, the Camaro Z/28 could probably have been six seconds faster.
Powering the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is a naturally aspirated, 7.0-liter, 505 hp V-8 that is practically the same engine as the one used on the previous generation Corvette Z06. This engine only comes with a six-speed manual transmission.
To boost performance, many of the Camaro’s comfort and convenience features have been sacrificed. The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is estimated to be priced at about $65,000, which means that it’s the most expensive model in the Camaro range.
It was in 2006 when the fifth generation Camaro was presented as a concept car. The new 2014 Camaro thus signifies the most substantial redesign since then.
Unlike the previous version, the new design reveals strong visual changes for both the front and the rear. Thus it has a more modern look that is lower and wider. A good example is the front fascia where there is a wider lower opening and at the same time, a narrower upper opening. The latter in particular helps in updating the look of the well-known “halo ring” HID headlamps that is part of the Camaro RS package.
Under the Camaro SS meanwhile, the hood vent is made functional allowing for a reduction in heat and the aerodynamic lift. Rounding of the changes is the rear section with its diffuser, horizontal lamps, and sculptural deck lid. For the Camaro Z/28, the brand will be offering a full aerodynamic package that allows the vehicle to create downforce when running at track speeds.
Helping lower the lift even more is the large splitter on the front section which has been connected to an underbody panel. On the rear section is a functional diffuser and a spoiler. Viewed at the sides, the Camaro Z/28 has fender flares on top of the rear and front wheels. Helping with the aerodynamic stability as well are the extended rocker panels.
Camaro Exterior Design Director Tom Peters shared that the 2014 Camaro was a chance for the brand to make use of what it had learned from listening to its customers and serve as an example of its continuing development when it comes to high-performance models.
The brand, he added, is always looking for solutions that are not only beautiful but also functional. This result in a true Chevrolet, he continued, one that is honest, powerful, simple, and that brings more than what is expected.