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.”