The initial feedback and consumer comments I have got has been very positive when it comes to the Z/28. There are a few that don’t realize it will be the highest priced Camaro, ever. Which is what I also was told back when I had a call a few years back from an unknown/anonymous friend in Michigan at the ZL1 launch early 2011, saying “Stay tuned for the “Super Camaro”, the most Camaro ever!”. That source turned out to be very accurate, thank for that! (feel free to call / email me any time!)
But this is what we DO know about the Z/28, it will be hard to get. VERY Hard, and limited. To those who have found dealerships such as the one I sell for that has a “no car over MSRP” business model, good for you! There are such dealers out there. But remember, bigger dealers usually benefit best when it comes to allocation. Many dealers AGAIN, will give false promises and take deposits for a car they will never see. Blame the dealer, not GM for this – it’s not wise to promise a customer what you can’t deliver (I cannot take a deposit either). And more truth is the following:
Why bring Z/28 back into the Camaro lineup?
The Z/28 name is one of the most recognizable in the automotive industry. This highly desirable nameplate is the right vehicle at the right time that showcases the latest innovation, advanced technologies and performance engineering from Chevrolet. It follows the introduction of the new seventh-generation Corvette Stingray and the Chevrolet SS performance sedan (the first rear-wheel drive V8 sedan in 17 years) and represents the latest performance statement from Chevrolet.
How does today’s model compare to the first-generation model?
Like the first-generation Z/28, today’s vehicle is a road racer first, and street machine second. It will utilize a wide range of state-of-the-art exterior performance modifications, extreme mass saving measures such as optional air conditioning, and it has been engineered for the road course (priority given to cornering performance and lap times, then horsepower and torque numbers.)
What engine will be offered on Z/28?
The Camaro Z/28 will utilize the hand-assembled LS7 engine – the most powerful naturally aspirated small block V8 GM production engine ever (originally introduced and proven in the Corvette Z06.) The premium materials of this engine help it enable a 7000 rpm redline making it the perfect fit for this road course, corner-carving Z/28 Camaro. The engine is estimated to deliver over 500 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque.
How fast will the Z/28 be in 0-60? In the quarter mile?
The true performance of the Z/28 will be measured in lap times, not straight-line performance. To preserve the track-focused nature of the Z/28, it doesn’t have the strengthened differential and half shafts of the ZL1, and is not recommended for drag racing. The new Z/28 is designed to be the most track-capable Camaro ever produced by the factory.
What’s unique about the exterior and interior of Z/28?
The Z/28 incorporates (and in some cases eliminates) features with the goal of enhancing road course performance. Air conditioning is an optional feature in an effort to save mass. A standard 19-inch wheel and Pirelli Trofeo R summer-only tire package contributes to a lower center of gravity and outstanding lateral performance while standard Recaro®front seats provide sport performance bolstering.
How does Z/28 differ from Camaro ZL1?
Both vehicles are worthy of their names. The original ZL1 engines, installed in 1969 Camaros, were at the time the most powerful engines ever put into a Chevrolet street car. Today, the modern ZL1 is the most powerful Camaro we have ever produced, with 580 horsepower and incredible performance on the street, drag strip or road course. Similarly, the original 1967 Camaro Z/28 was created as a street-legal road-racing car, powered by a lightweight, smaller engine for better handling. The new Z/28 pushes the limits as a completely track-focused Camaro, including a lighter, naturally-aspirated V8 engine.
Who are the competitors for the Z/28? How does it compare to Mustang?
Looking specifically at lap times, the Z/28 will rival the best performance cars in the world. However, there really are no direct competitors on the market, as the Z/28 pushes Camaro performance even further beyond its traditional competitors.
When will it be available? How many will be produced?
The 2014 Camaro Z/28 will be available in Spring of 2014. Only a limited number will be produced. Distribution plans will be announced closer to the start of production.
Keep in mind Chevy has already said this car will NOT have the hardened half shafts the ZL1 has so therefore, it is NOT meant for the stresses of “Drag racing”. It is meant to be a track car, not a strip car.