The supercharged Camaro Z/28 was ready to be built over a year ago but it was put on hold due to the economic downturn. But in a report that was released this week, GM's vice president of global vehicle engineering Karl Stracke confirmed that it has been given the go signal.
In a previous report, the Z/28 is claimed to feature a 6.2-liter supercharged LSA V-8 engine, which generates 556hp and 551 pound-feet of torque.
This engine, which is also found under the hood of the Cadillac CTS-V, enables the car to go from zero to 60mph in 3.9 seconds. Being about 200 pounds lighter than the luxurious CTS-V gives the Z/28 a speed advantage.
Aside from the upgrades in its performance, the Z-28 also has an exterior look that's more aggressive than the current SS. The Z/28 has larger air intakes, front splitter, rear spoiler, and unique interior treatments, with Z/28 badges found inside and out.
Stracke also revealed that the next-gen Camaro will proceed to use the upcoming Alpha platform that will soon underpin Cadillac's upcoming ATS smaller luxury sedan and the next-gen CTS.
All of these could very well mean that we could expect a lighter, more compact Camaro in 2013 or 2014, as the industry aims to meet tougher fuel economy and emission standards set by the government.
Like the original model, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 has its engine mated only to a manual transmission. Air-conditioning is optionally available for the latest iteration of this Camaro version.
Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, remarked that they aimed to create the fastest road-racing Camaro that could still be legally driven on the road. He remarked that while the Camaro ZL1 focuses on incomparable performance on the street, the drag strip as well as on the track, the Z/28 is created to offer high levels of track performance. He noted that most drivers may find the Z/28 as too track-focused, road-racers could also find it as one of the most capable track cars.
Chevrolet will commence sales of the 2014 Camaro line late 2013. The Camaro Z/28 is seen to be fielded at track events across the United States in spring 2014.
The new 2014 Camaro represents the most significant redesign since Chevrolet introduced the fifth-generation as a concept car in 2006.
Tom Peters, Camaro exterior design director, quipped that 2014 Camaro is an opportunity for Chevrolet to apply what it has learned from listening to customers and from its continuing development of high-performance models. He noted that thanks to solutions that are both functional and beautiful, the resulting is a genuine Chevrolet that isn't just simple and powerful, but also honest and more than expected.
Compared to its predecessor, the new Camaro features a design that offers a strong visual change both on the front and rear section, lending the car a wider, lower and more modern look. The new Camaro has a front fascia with a wider lower opening as well a narrower upper aperture that updates the looks of the "halo ring" HID headlamps on the Camaro RS package. Meanwhile, the Camaro SS comes with a functional hood vent that helps in cooling the engine while reducing aerodynamic lift. The dynamic looks of the new Camaro on the rear are highlighted by horizontal lamps, sculptural decklid and diffuser.
On the other hand, the Camaro Z/28 is equipped with a full aerodynamic package that could generate additional downforce at track speeds. The Z/28 features a large front splitter that is linked to an underbody panel that also helps reduce aerodynamic lift. In addition, its fender flares over the front and rear wheels – as aided by extended rocker panels – help the Z/28 to be aerodynamically stable. The aerodynamic package is completed by an aggressive rear spoiler and functional diffuser.