Why the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Matters:
The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 was a surprise launch alongside the refreshed base and SS Camaro models, and it roared onto the stage powered by a significantly upgraded motor and sporting a number of track-ready enhancements that should rocket it to the head of the class for affordable race-ready coupes. The Camaro Z/28 gains the subtle styling updates seen on the regular Camaro, but more importantly it represents a strong slap to the face of the rival Ford Mustang Boss 302 and gives the brand yet another high performance arrow in its overflowing quiver.
What’s New for the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28:
- Larger V-8 engine
- Aerodynamic improvements
- Track-oriented performance features
- Stripped interior
New 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28: Styling and Design
The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 adopts the ‘less is more’ philosophy by tearing out as many unnecessary creature comforts as possible in order to save weight. Gone is the stereo system, air conditioning, trunk carpeting, and sound insulation, and in their place are Recaro sport seats and ready-for-a-roll-cage passenger compartment. On the outside, the Camaro Z/28 (which is 300 lbs lighter than the ZL1) features thinner glass as well as an aero package that adds stability at higher speeds. A functional heat extractor (also found on the SS) comes with the car, and the vehicle’s front fascia adopts a wider, lower appearance that stretches back across the entire profile of the coupe.
New 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28: What’s Under the Hood
No significant changes are in store for the base Camaro and its SS sibling, but the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 stops the presses with its new 70-liter LS7 V-8. Essentially the same unit offered by the Corvette 427, the motor churns out roughly 500 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. The hand-assembled eight-cylinder mill, which was co-developed with the Corvette Racing program, is backed by a six-speed manual transmission and breathes through a dual-mode exhaust. Enhanced engine cooling and cold air induction are other important aspects of the track-ready Z/28’s package.
New 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28: Features and Technology
The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 isn’t just a muscle car with an oversized motor – the coupe has also seen close to 200 tweaks made to its chassis in an effort to give it better road-holding ability. The Z/28’s ability to pull 1.05 g on the skid pad is an improvement of .05 g over the Camaro SS, and stiffer spool-valve shocks, lighter 19-inch forged aluminum rims, and Brembo brakes (with dedicated cooling) round out the car’s on-track weaponry.
New 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28: What Autobytel Thinks
The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is an impressive salvo from an automaker that was caught flat-footed when Ford burst onto the scene with the Boss 302 just a few short years ago. Now the Camaro has been armed with not one, but two (1LE and Z28) special editions that cover roughly the same territory as Ford’s Mustang track terror, and the Camaro’s 7.0-liter’s 500 horses shame the Boss 302’s substantial, but not equivalent output. The stripped-down attitude embodied by the Camaro Z/28 won’t play with everyone (and most of the missing gear can be added back into the mix as options), but for those who do ‘get it,’ the Chevrolet represents a welcome comeback from the Bowtie brand.