by Tony West
We didn’t need another reason to love the Camaro. Chevy has tongues wagging with the production of the 2014 Camaro Z/28, “the most track capable Camaro ever.” Honestly, I’m not exactly sure what the hell the new Camaro Z/28 is supposed to be, a racecar-no, a cool fast everyday coupe-not so much. Chevy’s 500 horsepower beast could get drivers in a lot of trouble with police. Best install a radar detector on the Z/28 if buying one.
The 2014 Z/28 features race proven attributes for advanced engine cooling, high speed stability, and high performance braking. The interior of the Z/28 is intentionally swag lacking to accommodate a leaner racing character. Chevy aimed to create the fastest road racing Camaro possible that’s street legal. They more than accomplished that with the Z/28, which is said to be perfect for road racing. Sign me up.
For starters, the Z28 is wider and lower in the front. And a new hood vent helps keep the Z/28 cool and improves aerodynamics. As part of an aerodynamics package, a large spitter, front/rear fender flairs, and a rear spoiler and diffuser aid in producing down force at high speeds.The 2014 Camaro Z/28 offers a beautiful 7.2 liter LS7 V8 engine. The LS7 is the most powerful naturally aspirated production engine GM has created. The LS7 is similar to the 6.2 liter LS3 engine in the Camaro SS. But the LS7 uses lightweight components to save 100lbs, and utilizes a dry sump oil system for better lubrication at intense cornering. Other high performance components include titanium intake valves and connecting rods, aluminum cylinder heads, and steel crankshaft. The LS7 engine boasts a 7,000 rpm redline, with 500 horsepower and 470lb-ft of torque. Standard is the Tremac TR6060 six-speed manual transmission with limited slip differential and Traction Management System. The Traction Management System allows drivers to adjust throttle levels and braking for a customized driving experience.
What’s great about the Z/28 is that it features standard cooling enhancements usually found on high-end sports cars. The cool induction system, K&N air filter, and dual exhaust all maximize airflow. In addition, the two liquid to liquid systems cool the transmission and differential along with the oil cooling dry- sump system. Also great for street racing is the spool valve dampers that allow for a seamless 4-way adjustment to bump and rebound settings without altering the ride.
The interior of the Camaro Z/28 features Octane matte-metallic finish and Recaro seats with micro suede inserts. But the rest of the interior is pretty low tech. Camaro chose to eliminate power seats, the sound deadener, air conditioning, and HID headlamps all in the spirit of weight reduction. This makes for a less than luxurious road trip, but an exhilarating road race! Still the Camaro Z/28 has much racer flair, with its 19-inch wheels with Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo R tires and Brembro Brakes.