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Camaro Z/28 to be Priced Above the ZL1

Chevrolet Has Not Announced Pricing for the 2014 Camaro Z/28 but Says that the New Performance Model Will Cost More than a Camaro ZL1

 

“The Z/28 is NOT available to order now, and we won’t have pricing until the end of this year. But I can tell you it will be priced above the ZL1,” said Doran.

And with that statement, nothing official was said but we officially know that the Camaro Z28 will not be cheap. For the sake of context, the 2014 Camaro ZL1 starts at $56,050 in coupe form and from $61,250 in convertible. This means that we’re looking at the $60k range for the Camaro Z/28, but, its performance should merit that. That places it right in line with vehicles like the BMW M3.

Official pricing should be released in December or early January. Expect more performance numbers from GM around the same time. We’ll update you as soon as we know more.

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Camaro Z28 Nurburgring Follow-Up

Watch the Camaro Z28 tackle the Nurburgring against a Camaro ZL1 and a Corvette ZR1

A couple of days ago we showed you Chevrolet’s official Nurburgring video and press release for the new Camaro Z/28, and the internet has been abuzz with the Z/28′s triumph since. However, one internet user out there went above and beyond to put together something even more special.

Reddit user u/_WarShrike_ put together YouTube videos of the Camaro Z/28, Camaro ZL1, and C6 ZR1 Corvette next to one another. What this means is that you can see, side by side, how each of Chevrolet’s three finest vehicles tackle the world’s greatest course. I’ve watched the trio of videos multiple times now, myself, to catch some of the nuances of how the various drivers and vehicles tackled the course. To see, starting at 1:20 for example, the three vehicles enter that wide right curve at their own angles and speeds is absolutely fascinating.

The whole thing is a blast. You’ll definitely find yourself glued to your screen for the full 7+ minutes, and it’s even greater a testament to the Camaro Z/28′s abilities when you keep in mind the fact that the Z/28 beat the ZL1′s time that handily and was the only vehicle of the three to achieve its time on wet conditions. Extra seconds were left out there due to the weather, that’s for certain!

Check it out here

Camaro Z28 Laps the Nurburgring

GM Gives Official Times and Press Release on the Z28 Lapping the Nurburgring

The Camaro Z/28, the newest, track oriented, performance variation of the fifth Generation Chevrolet Camaro, has been much anticipated. Since the Camaro’s rerelease, media outlets have been buzzing about such a potential vehicular revival. It’s finally happening, and it is happening with incredible panache.

Chevrolet has been busy testing the Camaro Z/28, and, after 10 hours of laps at the world-famous Nurburgring in rainy conditions, they can give us an official best track time: 7:37:40. That’s right. 7:37:40 in rainy conditions. That time puts the Camaro Z28 ahead of such vehicles as the more powerful Camaro ZL1, the Porsche 911 Carrera S, and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640–squarely in the middle of world-class status.

That the Camaro could achieve all of this in wet conditions is a testament to the technologies Chevrolet outfitted the new variant with. The high performance engine and incredible Magnetic Ride Suspension combine on the vehicle’s extra light-weight chassis to lay down some incredible performance figures. The full video was released by Chevrolet today of the Z/28′s Nurburgring lap, and it’s worth watching every second of it. Below the video you’ll see the full, official, press release from GM.

 

  • Z/28 undergoes 10 hours or 1,000 miles of testing at Nordschleife
  • Fastest lap completed in 7:37.40 in rainy conditions

DETROIT – Chevrolet today revealed a video [see below] of the all-new, 2014 Camaro Z/28 lapping Germany’s challenging Nürburgring road course in 7:37.40, a time comparable with some of the world’s most prestigious sports cars.

The Z/28’s lap is four seconds faster than the Camaro ZL1, and beats published times for the Porsche 911 Carrera S and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640. The Z/28’s lap was completed on less-than-ideal conditions, with damp pavement and pouring rain near the end of the run.

“One of the challenges of testing at the ‘Ring is that the track is so long that conditions can change radically in a single lap,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “Adam Dean, the development driver for Z/28, did a heroic job driving in deteriorating conditions. Based on telemetry data from our test sessions, we know the Z/28 can be as much as six seconds faster on a dry track.”

In terms of lap times, the Z/28’s improved speed came from three areas:

  • Increased grip: The Z/28 is capable of 1.08 g in cornering acceleration, due to comprehensive chassis revisions
  • Increased stopping power: The Z/28 features Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes capable of 1.5 g in deceleration, and consistent brake feel lap after lap
  • Reduced curb weight: The naturally aspirated Z/28 weighs 300 pounds less than the supercharged Camaro ZL1, with changes ranging from lightweight wheels to thinner rear-window glass.

The heart of the Z/28 is the 7.0L LS7 engine. The LS7 uses lightweight, racing-proven, high-performance components, such as titanium intake valves and connecting rods, CNC-ported aluminum cylinder heads and a forged-steel crankshaft to help produce an SAE-certified 505 horsepower (376 kW) and 481 lb-ft of torque (652 Nm). Air-conditioning is available, but only as an option.

A close-ratio six-speed manual transmission is the only transmission offered and power is distributed to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential featuring a helical gear set, rather than traditional clutch packs. The new design enables the driver to apply more power and get through corners faster, by making the most of the capability of individual-wheel antilock brake function during corner entry braking, mid-corner speed and corner-exit traction.

The team spent a week at the Nürburgring as part of the Z/28′s performance-validation regimen, accumulating a total of 10 hours and nearly 1,000 miles on the track. Each lap took less than eight minutes to complete, despite having to overtake slower traffic at times. These hours are part of the grueling 24-Hour Test, which simulates a full year’s worth of track use of track days or amateur-level competition at the hands of an owner.

“Passing the 24-Hour Test is a requirement for all cars we call ‘track capable,’” said Wayne McConnell, director of global vehicle performance. “The test pushes the car at 10/10ths on the track for a total of 24 hours. During the test the only mechanical changes allowed are replacing the brakes and tires.”

The 24-Hour Test is broken into a number of segments over the course of several days – and even at different tracks – to evaluate performance in precisely measured and carefully monitored increments. Crucially, each valid test lap must be run within 2 percent of a target lap speed to count toward the 24-hour total.

The 24-Hour Test was first used in the early 1990s for the fourth-generation Corvette. Back then, the 300-horsepower Corvette was Chevrolet’s most powerful vehicle, and the 24-Hour Test measured 15 channels of data. Today, the 2014 Camaro LS offers a 323-horsepower V-6, while the Camaro Z/28’s racing-proven LS7 7.0L small-block V-8 delivers 505 horsepower, and the 24-Hour Test measures 130 channels of data.

“Our cars’ performance and capability have advanced tremendously in the past 20 years, which required us to continually improve the parameters of the 24-Hour Test,” said McConnell.

“Today’s test pushes the car harder than the vast majority of customers ever will. As a result, when we call a car ‘track capable’ we are confident that it will perform reliably and consistently for our customers.”

 

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

 

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

 

 

Camaro Z28 Testing at the Nurburgring

The Camaro Z/28 and C7 Corvette were Both Caught on Camera Testing out the Nürburgring

Preparing for their releases in the months to come, Chevrolet has been putting their flagship C7 Corvette and new, track-monster Z/28 Camaro under the microscope for heavy performance scrutiny. Last week, the two vehicle were spied tearing up the asphalt at the world-famous Nürburgring motorsports complex track. They each looked absolutely at home.

The lightweight, no-frills, Camaro Z/28 is a vehicle designed specifically for conditions like those offered at the Nürburgring, and the car shows it. It appears to be stiff and agile, cornering well and tearing through the straightaways. The sound of the LS7 piped through new Chevrolet factory Tri-Y headers and performance Z/28 exhaust is absolutely incredible.

So, while these videos provide no hard details yet on ‘Ring performance, they definitely show the Z/28 as a monster that belongs in such a locale. Expect to see the Z/28 lap the Nürburgring in the low 7:30′s or high 7:20′s territory when it’s finally released. There’s potential, too, for a low 7:20′s, but that would be a miracle lap type number for a car as heavy as the Camaro Z/28, even with the LS7 V8 powering it forward. Until we know exactly how the Z/28 does on the ‘Ring, just enjoy the glimpses of it we can get, and get excited to see everything that a track-tuned, naturally aspirated, 500+HP monster of a Camaro will be able to accomplish.

Strong August Sales Keep Camaro in the YTD Lead

Camaro Posts Strong Sales Raises in August and Build Larger Lead in the Pony Car Sales Race

The number one competition for the pony car industry doesn’t take place on any track: it occurs in a battle of numbers from showroom to garage floors. Vehicle sales are the number 1 indicator of which car in each segment is the best, as they’re based not only on the track numbers vehicles produce, but also the public popularity–an indicator of success in design and marketing far beyond what any writer could tell you.

That being said, the Camaro is king in its class, and further proved so this August.

The Camaro saw a 33% increase over August of last year to total 8,875 deliveries (deliveries are completed sales). These totals put the Camaro’s YTD deliveries at 59,156. This number is good for a sizable lead over the Mustang and Challenger. The Mustang had come close, pre-August, in YTD totals, but a 22% decrease in sales from last year left their August total at 5,866 and their YTD numbers lagging behind the Camaro with 54,745. The Challenger has the fewest sales of the three, but is also the only vehicle to post consistent sales increases over the last two years. While just two years ago the Challenger held an almost invisible portion of the market share, today they account for 4,392 deliveries in August (also a 33% increase) and 38,645 sales for the entire 2013 year.

Full charts and numbers below. All infographics courtesy of Camaro5 forum member Enator:

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GM Engineer Al Oppenheiser Talks the Camaro Z28 on Wide Open Throttle

Al Oppenheiser Stops by ‘Wide Open Throttle’ to Promote the new Z/28 Camaro

If the Jay Leno’s Garage Z/28 episode wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, then this new episode of ‘Wide Open Throttle’ will certainly do just that. In this round-table discussion Al Oppenheiser, who’s one of the chief engineer’s over at Chevrolet and clearly an American muscle car enthusiast, gets a chance to discuss the creation of the Z/28 Camaro from start to finish.

Early on you get some of my favorite moments as Oppenheiser reiterates the fact that the Z/28 Camaro was designed from the ground-up to be a track car–a moment highlighted by his insistence to not give the Z/28 moniker to the ZL1 Camaro, as the two vehicles have very different pedigrees and purposes. It would have been nice if GM had had this same sense of mind when they went about for a decade straight slapping the SS badge on any econobox they could put bigger alloys on.

If you’re a gearhead Oppenheiser goes in to great detail over the vehicle’s capabilities, and discusses what design decisions were made to achieve them. The ‘Wide Open Throttle’ round table is also a great setting as the knowledgeable group ask some great questions and give some great responses (my personal favorite is hearing one of the round table members laughing as Oppenheiser quotes the 1.5 deceleration Gs that the Z28 consistently pulls).

The group discussion moves beyond basic construction to conversation of racing and modifying, and you get comments from Oppenheiser on both stock racing possibilities as well as the aftermarket modification scene. It’s really one of the more educational videos out there concerning the Z/28 and provides a lot of information that will certainly have you more excited about the Z/28′s release, of which we’re now just weeks away!

Jay Leno Provides the First Camaro Z/28 Review

In a Recent Episode of Jay’s Garage, Jay Himself was the First Person Outside of GM with the Honor of Test Driving the new Z/28

Jay Leno may not be your favorite late-night personality–he’s certainly not mine. That being said, however, he’s almost certainly one of your all-time favorite car nerds. The guy absolutely loves cars and it’s incredibly obvious on his regular web show “Jay’s Garage”. In fact, Jay’s knowledge and enthusiasm makes him the most entertaining automotive personality to watch this side of Top Gear.

It’s for this reason that Jay gets a lot of exclusive chances with cars, and this episode is one of the best examples of that. Since the fifth-generation Camaro was released people have been pining for a track-ready Z/28, and we’re finally getting one this year, and this car is true to classic Z/28 track-focused fashion. The new Z/28 doesn’t even offer standard AC because of the weight that that saddles the vehicle with.

Jay gets to check out the 6-speed LS7 powered Camaro alongside one of Chevrolet’s most interesting and knowledgable figures: Al Oppenheiser, Chief Engineer at General Motors. Al and Jay walk around the vehicle and provide information on all aspects of it–both inside and out–before taking it for a ride. Jay clearly loves the vehicle, from its power being put down to the wheels all the way to its Recaro racing seats.

Enjoy the video, and stay til the end to see them open the vehicle up a little bit more and enjoy that incredible small-block V8 rumble and get flagged down by a California mom!

The Bumblebee Camaro for Transformers 4 is Unlike Any We’ve Seen Before

Michael Bay Teased Images of the New Autobot Camaro, and the Automotive World is Abuzz

With pre-production moved in to filming for the next Transformers film, its director–Michael Bay–has been sending out teaser tweets when he feels like it. These tweets have included images of various different vehicles which will be featured in the film, and have included the ridiculously over the top new Optimus Prime, the ridiculously over the top neon green C7 Stingray Corvette with Fast and the Furious style bench spoiler on the back, and the ridiculously cool and understated brand new Camaro.

Transformers Bumblebee Camaro

Transformers Bumblebee Camaro

Bay referred to the vehicle as a “2014 concept Camaro”, but, it’s certainly not a modifed 2014 Camaro. In fact, the new Transformers Bumblebee Camaro is unlike the current generation in many ways.

Originally, it was thought that the Camaro for the fourth film would be a classic model, but recent reports have included information that that throwback Camaro originally shared by Bay will only be used for a short portion of the film. The rest of the film will see the Camaro Bay has shown us in the last few weeks.

Transformers Camaro

Transformers Camaro

The yellow and black Bumblebee Camaro features some interesting new style touches and lines reminiscent to, but still strikingly different from, the current generation vehicle. The most obvious differences reside in the front fascia and headlights and along the side where the rocker panels feature, what appear to be, active brake cooling intake ducts along the flared rear quarter panels.

So, with these images and this news, speculation has begun to run: could this be a precursor to the next-generation Camaro? We know that we’re just a few years away from that vehicle’s release, and this Camaro certainly looks like an evolutionary step forward.

Could this be the next generation Camaro concept?

Could this be the next generation Camaro concept?

The 2014 Camaro Z/28, From Top to Bottom

A complete and detailed look at the track-ready, monstrous, Camaro Z/28

The expectations for the Camaro were not great at this year’s New York International Auto Show. Chevrolet was expected to unveil a small facelift to the vehicle for the 2014 year, and, that was about it. This was doubly disappointing since that same facelift had already been leaked to the public. It was then, with great fanfare and to the surprise of all those in attendance, that Chevrolet blew everyone away by rolling a rumbling Camaro Z/28 on to the stage. The crowd erupted in applause. The track-ready monster, the vehicle that made the Camaro something more and cemented its place in American lore, the badge that had become little more than a daydream for most Camaro fans, was back, and it was better than ever.

Born from SCCA Trans-Am class roots, the Z/28 was the first Camaro designed to be a true track-ready racing machine that could also be driven on the American roads. The car was designed to help its owner shave seconds off of their track laps, and was designed to achieve this through improved transmission, enhanced power, lighter weight, and race suspension upgrades. It was the ultimate Camaro. Today, it’s an extension of those same roots, and challenges the ZL1 as the ultimate American muscle car.

The Flat White Show Color for the Camaro Z/28 will not be one of the five colors officially available.

The Flat White Show Color for the Camaro Z/28 will not be one of the five colors officially available.

The Z/28 Chassis

The Camaro Z/28 has many chassis changes to help it better perform, and the most obvious of these is at the wheels. Gone are the 20-inchers which have donned all V8 iterations of the fifth-generation Camaro, and in their place are 19-inch lightweight alloys. Mark Stielow, the Z/28’s engineering manager, explains that “the 19s are lighter, have less rotational inertia, and let us lower the car.” These special wheels are wrapped with race ready tires. The front wheels are 11 inches wide–the widest tires Chevrolet mounts on the front of any of its production cars–and all four are dressed up in 305/30ZR-19 Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R. These Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires are consider a part of the Pirelli streetable track tire catalog and feature a tread-wear rating of 60. To cement their status as quality, Pirelli manufactures them in the same plant where they craft all of their Formula 1 rubber.

Geometrically, the Z/28 suspension is identical to that offered on the 1LE track package; however, the suspension spring rates are 20% stiffer than the already track tuned 1LE, and the corners are outfitted with Multimatic monotube shocks with F1-style spool valves. Stielow claims that Chevrolet decided upon this suspension technology as it allows the knowledgeable driver greater freedom to independently tailor their suspension’s rebound settings for both high and low speed cornering situations. To further improve vehicle handling Chevrolet also increased roll-bar thickness over the 1LE.

The switch from cast-iron brake rotors to carbon-ceramics seems unlikely, but the more expensive technology saves a lot of weight and is reported to improve fade-resistance. The Z/28′s rotors are actually larger and thicker, and weigh much less, than those on the ZL1. The vehicle has some electronic help for the driver, as the Z/28 is outfitted with Chevrolet’s five-level stability control system: Performance Traction Management. All of these aspects should come together to allow the Camaro Z/28 to corner at 1.05g.

The Camaro Z/28 features impressive aerodynamics

The Camaro Z/28 features impressive aerodynamics

Shaving Pounds off the Z/28

One of the biggest things needed to make the Camaro a true track-ready car was lightening the vehicle. The Camaro is not dainty, but the Z/28 works to shave unnecessary pounds wherever it can. Switching from the supercharged LSA in the ZL1 to the naturally aspirated LS7 in the Z/28 saves close to 90 pounds in weight alone. The aforementioned 19-inch wheels and Pirelli tires save 42 pounds from the 1LE package. The carbon-ceramic brakes are 28 pounds lighter than the ZL1′s. 20 pounds are saved by cutting the air conditioning system (although, this can be optionally restored). The stereo system is made as minimal as possible, as a radio and a single door speaker were necessary by law to beep out seatbelt and other safety warnings.

The other weight saving features given to the Z/28 feel a little more abstract. The rear window utilizes thinner glass. The battery is smaller than in other V8 Camaros. Trunk carpeting and almost all vehicle sound insulation are gone. The tire-inflator kit–standard on all other V8 powered Camaros–is nowhere to be found. The rear seat frame and trunk pass through have been replaced with molded foam. All of this comes together to make the Z/28 more than 300 pounds lighter than the Camaro ZL1, which should place this 500HP track tuned Camaro at close to the 3750 lb curb weight of the most basic SS.

The Z/28 features a GMPP dual-mode exhaust

The Z/28 features a GMPP dual-mode exhaust

The Z/28 Aero Package

While the wheels and other exterior visual cues are obvious to Camaro lovers, the aerodynamic package outfitted on the Z/28 is the most obvious for all. Changes in technology from the days of yore in American muscle cars to today have given us major advancements in vehicle aerodynamics, and the Z/28 showcases these new technologies. A sizable front splitter, extended side skirt molding, a performance minded rear diffuser, front and rear fender lip extensions, and a large rear wing all work to increase the vehicle’s net downforce to numbers greater than the ZL1, 1LE, or SS. This improved downforce creates greater vehicle stability at high speeds and should improve driver confidence. There’s even an optional accessory Gurney flap which can be attached to the rear wing for those serious about downforce.

All of this downforce does have a downside, however. The Z/28 has a wide body print through the wind with a ton of air displacement and as result has a greater drag penalty than any other Camaro vehicle. The Camaro SS has a Cd of 0.35, and the ZL1–with wider body design–one of 0.39. The drag penalty displacement in the Z/28 will be greater than even that of the ZL1.

The Camaro Z/28 Interior

The Camaro Z/28 Interior

The Monster Beneath the Hood

Chevrolet and Corvette fans are well aware of the 7.0L LS7 engine from the outgoing C6 Z06 Corvette. The naturally aspirated LS7, featuring dry sump technology, produces more than 500hp and 470 lb/ft of torque. To fit inside of the Camaro engine bay, the Corvette engine required new exhaust manifolds and a relocated oil reservoir. The redesign had its benefits, however, as the new exhaust manifolds allowed for the design of new tri-Y stainless steel headers which will be finished off with a GM performance dual-mode exhaust similar to the one found on the ZL1. All of this will make for a Camaro with a good deal more power than its most direct competition: 444hp and 380 lb/ft Ford Mustang Boss 302.

This power will be transferred to the wheels via an exclusive Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual utilizing the same closely spaced gear ratios seen in the 1LE package. The 3.91:1 final drive ratio used in the Z/28 is also identical to that praised heavily in the 1LE package. One major change made from other Camaro vehicles however is the move from the spring-loaded clutch pack utilized in the SS and ZL1 to a a Torsen limited-slip differential which should act to provide a better blend of low-speed lockup and more open action at higher speeds. The same heat exchanger coolant system utilized in the ZL1 has been brought over to manage temperatures in the Camaro Z/28′s differential, transmission, and engine oil. All of this should make for a vehicle capable of burning full tanks of fuel under the extreme conditions of track racing without any concern over vital fluid overheating.

The Camaro Z/28 features the 500+ hp naturally aspirated LS7 engine

The Camaro Z/28 features the 500+ hp naturally aspirated LS7 engine

The Final Word on Performance

Chevrolet has yet to announce any official performance numbers except for one: The Camaro Z/28 lapped GM’s 2.9 mile Milford Proving Grounds track a full 3-seconds faster than the Camaro ZL1. All of this comes as result of the sticker tires, improved suspension, and better weight distribution. In a straight-line, however, expect the ZL1 to remain the king. The Z/28 features a slightly lower power:weight ratio, and should post a 0-60 time of around 4.2 seconds. Top speed should also be down from the ZL1′s regulated 180 to about 170mph for the Z/28. On a track, though, the Z/28 will almost certainly be the king. We’re excited to see what the Z/28 can do on the Nürburgring where the ZL1 lapped the world-famous track in a supercar time of 7:41.27–faster than a Porsche 911 GT3. If the Z/28 can shave 3 seconds at Milford, the sky is the limit for such a vehicle on a track like the ‘Ring.

The 2014 Camaro Z/28

The 500-HP LS7 Powered Camaro Z/28 is the New Bad Boy of the Muscle Car Battle

When first introduced in 1966, the Z/28 package for the First Generation Camaro was the ultimate track performance machine for the every day driver, conceived by Chevrolet designer and engineer Vince Piggins as a “virtually race-ready” Camaro, purchasable from a dealer. Designed specifically to compete in the SCCA Trans-Am series races, the first generation Z28 featured the highest performance engine available, a 302 cu in (4.9 L) small-block V-8 engine with 3″ crankshaft with 4″ bore and an aluminum intake manifold. That Camaro put out incredible horsepower numbers with a high redline naturally aspirated engine, and featured improved suspension and body lightening as well. The end result was one of the most impressive vehicles that the automotive world had ever seen.

Fast forward almost fifty years and you have a long-running tradition of incredible performance Camaros featuring the Z28 badge, topped off with the recent announcement of the Z/28 badge’s return: the 2014 Camaro Z/28. Long coveted by Camaro enthusiasts, and rumored time and time again since the release of the fifth generation Camaro, the Z/28 is finally here, and it continues in the spirit of its predecessors and looks to be an incredible and impressive machine.

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The new Camaro Z/28 is being designed as the ultimate track machine and should be, with very minor modifications, capable of competing immediately in SCCA races against the stiffest of competition. The Z/28 will feature the 500-HP LS7currently powering the C6 Z06 Corvette. This engine, which is a 7.0L naturally aspirated small-block V8, is just the start of what makes the Z/28 special, too.

In an effort to improve track readiness and performance, extra HP was the least of Chevrolet’s worries when they set out to craft this vehicle. In an effort to stay true to the Z/28 spirit, Chevrolet put forward a series of goals for the Z/28 which included: shedding weight, fortifying the chassis, enhancing aerodynamics, inclusion of a dry-sump oil system, improve cooling including installation of transmission and differential coolers, and mounting massive 15-inch high performance Brembo brakes to bring the vehicle to a stop safely and quickly. With the Z/28, Chevrolet achieved all of these goals, and the end result is incredible.

In total, the Camaro Z/28 is almost 300 pounds lighter than the Camaro ZL1, and a full 40+ pounds lighter than the Camaro SS. Of course, shedding this weight means the Z/28 lacks many of the other Camaros’ creature comforts. The extra cooling systems, dry-sump oil system, and chassis stiffening and suspension pieces added weight to the vehicle, so Chevrolet had to cut a lot to combat those gains. The weight loss begins at the wheels, where the Z/28 saves 42 pounds by utilizing smaller 19 inch wheels. This was just the beginning though, and gone complete are the following: the tire inflation kit, trunk carpeting, some sound deadening, fog lights, and air conditioning is optional. The rear window has been redesigned to use thinner glass, the battery is a lightweight unit, the stereo has been nearly scrapped and features only the single speaker mandatory for seat-belt reminder chimes and other safety functions, and the backseat has been made more sparse. While all of this places the Z28 at a higher weight than the Mustang Boss 302, it does also feature extra horsepower and is the lightest Camaro currently available.

Power will be transferred in the Z/28 via a 6-speed manual transmission–the only transmission which will be available–which features an aggressive 3.91:1 final-drive ratio. A limited-slip helical-gear differential will also be outfitted on the Z/28 to help with traction and power management. For the more advanced driver, the Performance Traction Management system will allow for adjustable throttle and brake intervention to help meet the most specific track needs. The end result is a car that will provide incredible driver feel and response and which the masterful can whip around a track in record times.

The Z/28 will go on sale this fall in the US. It will fit in perfectly to the Camaro line-up between the 1LE and the ZL1 as an incredible new take on performance from one of America’s most revered vehicle brands.

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