2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28 model is lean and mean


Chevrolet is bringing back the Chevy Camaro Z/28. At the New York Auto Show, Chevrolet has introduced the restyled 2014 Camaro model to show the return of the iconic Z/28 model. The first Camaro Z/28 was first introduced in 1967 to compete with the Trans-Am 2, but now, the company is bringing it back to compete with the Mustang Boss 302. The 2014 Camaro Z/28 model features a revised exterior design that integrates high-performance aerodynamics for more efficient cooling and stability at high speeds.

The 1967 Chevy Camaro featured a small 302-cubic-inch V8 engine. It was equipped with a quick-ratio steering and a heavy-duty suspension for track use, but it did not have  an automatic transmission or air conditioning. Now in the new 2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28, the company wants to combined both track and street capabilities, but mainly focusing for track use to compete with the Mustang Boss 302. The Camaro Z/28 also features a full aerodynamic package to help with the downforce during high speeds. At the front end, the Camaro Z/28 features a large splitter to help reduce lift, while the rear fender flares help with aerodynamic stability. Continuing to the rear end, there is an aggressive rear spoiler along with functional air diffuser.

Perhaps the most intriguing part of the 2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28 is under its hood. It is equipped with a natural aspirated 7.0-liter LS7 small block V8 delivering about 500 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed Tremec TR6060 manual transmission featuring a close-ratio gearing and 3.91:1 final drive ratio. Power is distributed to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential featuring a helical gear set, which continuously adjusting the torque bias to maximize available traction.

For traction, the 2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28 is fitted with lightweight, forged aluminum wheels wrapped in massive 305/30ZR19 Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires. Stopping power is provided by Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix rotors and fixed, monoblock calipers. The large 394 x 36 mm front rotors are paired with six-piston calipers, while the 390 x 32 mm rear rotors are paired four-piston calipers. To further improve track performance of the 2014 Chevy Camaro, its curb weight has been shaved by 300 pounds.

On the interior, the 2014 Camaro Z/28 is finished in a matte-metallic finish dubbed Octane, the ZL1 flat-bottomed steering wheel, and standard Recaro seats with microfiber suede inserts. The new seats are intended for aggressive, high-performance driving, which feature seat cutouts inspired by the five-point harnesses.

So far, Chevy has not announced pricing for the 2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28 model. For a live look, check out its debut video below at the 2013 New York Auto Show.