For those die hard Camaro enthusiasts, let’s be blunt, it’s about time! We’ve been patiently waiting, hoping, and now we have a definitive answer to our prayers in the form of a 500hp, 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 straight from the factory.
Chevrolet is finally making the Z/28 available, which first hit the New York Auto Show earlier in March, 2013. While it should be hitting showroom floors soon, in the meantime, we got the drop on one in action.
Fortunately for fans, while we wait for a full road test from some of our favorite Camaro enthusiast media rag Jay Leno’s Garage had the opportunity to chum it up Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser and even take a ride in the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. While it wasn’t put through its paces, it satisfying to see one on the ground and out on the road.
Engine // No Nonsense and Naturally Aspirated
Leno and Oppenheiser go over some of the Camaros unique features, and detail this specially packaged Z/28. If you weren’t aware, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro z/28 will feature an all-aluminum Z06-derived, dry sump 427ci LS7 small-block. Of course, it’s good for 505hp and will satisfy any track-hungry driver. What’s more, it’ll be backed by a Tremec-sourced 6-speed transmission with a 5.1:1 short-throw shifter.
Exterior // It's All Business Here
On the outside you’ll find unique, “Z/28” badging, vented hood, and a set of functional carbon fiber pieces front to rear, including a rear spoiler good for adding an extra 150lbs of down force at speed.
For rollers, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 will run on 19 x 11-inch wheels up front and 19 x 11.5-inch wheels out back. Of course, all four will be outfitted with P305/30ZR, PZero Trofeo R rubber.
Sitting behind all that tire are 15.5-inch Brembo carbon ceramic matrix rotors, binded by six-piston calipers up front while a slightly smaller set of 15.3-inch rotors with four-piston calipers clamp out back. What’s this mean off the street and on the track? According to Oppenheiser, the car will make 1.07 g’s on the skidpad. Yeah, talk about sticky.
Inside // Take a Dive
Take a dive inside and you’ll be treated to traditional GM hospitality, however, this time with a thick, Alcantra steering wheel and shift knob and Recaro race seats complete with side air bags. What you won’t find, at least in select Z/28 models are a radio or air conditioning. Both features are options making this Z/28 a true track car if so desired. Besides, who needs a radio or air conditioning, especially when listening to the symphony of a high-revving 427?
But don’t take our word for it. We’ll let the video do the rest of the talking. To get the full effect, make sure to check out the complete video from Jay Leno’s Garage. We guarantee, you be just as satisfied as we were.
Video // Ride Along With Leno In the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28