For this complete 2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28 Review please visit AutoGuide.com.It has brakes that belong on a European supercar, an engine shared with the previous generation Z06 Corvette and the same suspension components as the Aston Martin One-77. Chevrolet says this is the fastest Camaro ever to leave its laboratory and lap the Milford proving ground.
But that was only the beginning. The Z/28 was developed over a grueling battery of tests that saw it tried and tuned over some of the biggest, most challenging tracks in the world including Germany’s Nurburgring.
I’m willing to bet that the Z/28 Camaro is one of, if not the coolest car to hit the market in 2014. Allow me to explain…
Move Over, Fonz
It’s street legal, but Chevrolet made it clear when it first unveiled the car in New York that very few owners would want to make it a daily driver. Several factors contribute to that, not the least of which is a suspension with springs that are 85 percent stiffer in the front and 65 percent more stubborn in the rear.
Currently, the Camaro is built in Ontario, Canada. Conveniently, the dampers fitted in this car come from a company called MultiMatic also based in Ontario. The same dampers are used on the Aston Martin One-77, albeit with a different calibration. Maybe more remarkably, MultiMatic also supplies racing teams that run in F1 and Ferrari Challenge.
The engine uses cooling similar to the Corvette ZR1 while the transmission and differential manage their temperatures with technology borrowed from the Camaro ZL1. It doesn’t come cheap.
A Camaro That Costs HOW Much?
You see, pricing starts at $75,000 after destination and a $1,700 gas guzzler tax. For that, you get a highly-specialized track weapon: the naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V8 makes 505 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque and a Tremec TR60-60 six-speed manual is the only gearbox offered.
You also get massive carbon ceramic Brembo brakes with six-pistons in the front and four at the rear. In total, Chevrolet says there are over 190 parts unique to the Z/28 all implemented with one goal in mind: being fast as stink around a racetrack.
Bang (Or More Accurately Roar) For Your Buck
Right from the get-go, it’s obvious that the Z/28 isn’t an ordinary Camaro. Aerodynamic enhancements create up to 150 lbs of down-force while wheels specific to the Z/28 help reduce overall weight. In fact at 3,820 lbs, the Z/28 is 55 lbs lighter than the 1LE.
Oh and I should mention, they have a 305 width measurement and that includes the front set. Around those wheels, you get Pirelli Trofeo R tires that will help the thing pull more than a G while cornering.
But most of what makes the Z/28 so special is out of view.
What’s Under the Angry-Looking Skin?
There are a few more things you need to know about the Z/28: Chevrolet went over the entire car and scrapped almost everything that isn’t either legally required or beneficial to performance.
The floor mats are gone, the rear window is thinner, the seats have all been replaced and there’s only one speaker. There isn’t any cloth material in the trunk, and a lot of the sound deadening is gone. Oh, and air conditioning is optional.
Everything about the Z/28 says “track machine” in much the same way that you would expect from a Porsche 911 GT3, albeit without the finesse of a car from Deutschland.
But none of that necessarily means very much until you actually get in the driver seat and start turning laps. There are five different stability control modes, the most extreme of which will all but let you hang yourself before swooping in for the catch. Of course you can turn the controls off altogether and really tempt fate with all 3,800 lbs of piss and vinegar that come with such a sizeable engine.