The new 2014 Camaro Z/28 is billed as the best performing Camaro of all time and to back up that claim, General Motors took the new Z/28 to the Nürburgring in Germany where the newest Camaro turned in the fastest lap by any American muscle car ever with a time of 7:37.4.
If you believe any of the hype about internal combustion engines going the way of the dodo by the end of the decade, chances are you're feeling pretty bummed about the whole ordeal. Luckily for you, good old-fashioned dino juice-powered cars aren't dead yet, and there's still time left to get your hands on one of the biggest bang for your buck sports car bargains of the last 15 years. That, of course, is the 2014 Chevy Camaro Z28
The specs on the 2014 Z28 could easily apply to a supercar from ten to twenty years ago. 505 horsepower just like the Corvette Zo6, 481 foot-pounds of torque, zero to 60 in four seconds, and a top speed of 180 miles per hour. Unlike early Z06 Corvettes, the Z28 uses a dry-sump oil system for increased reliability in high-stress situations. A similar system to the one that's found on later models of Z06 Vette.
MotorTrend can be a real fickle bunch sometimes, their standards for what constitutes a \"fun car to drive\" are quite a bit higher than the average Joe, and rightfully so. They've been accused of being biased in favor of European cars in the past. So when they named the Z28 Camaro as their 2014 driver's car of the year beating out two BMWs and an Alfa Romeo, it really meant something.
That said, good old-fashioned petroleum isn't illegal quite yet, and there's still plenty of amazing bargains to be had for those looking to drive as fast as possible on the cheap. If nothing else, the 2014 Camaro Z28 is living proof of that. So before you admit defeat and put a deposit down for an EV, maybe consider a 2014 Z28 Camaro as the last car you buy before gasoline internal combustion goes extinct for good.
When GM teamed up with Corvette Racing to build the new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, they had their eyes set on building something that would dominate road course lap times. By combining a race-proven LS7 7.0L power plant with the most advanced suspension and brake system ever bolted onto a Camaro body, this new Camaro Z/28 might just be the ultimate street car.
The ProCharger Stage 2 Intercooled Supercharger System for the 2014-15 Camaro Z/28 starts features the super-efficient P-1SC-1 head unit with self-contained oiling, driven by an 8 rib dedicated belt drive system. This combination creates 6.5 psi of boost pressure to the highly effective air-to-air intercooler, designed to work with all factory parts and pieces without trimming or cutting. That produces 120+ more horsepower over the stock LS7, making those track days more fun than ever! -
According to the book The Complete Book of Camaro: Every Model Since 1967, the name Camaro was conceived by Chevrolet merchandising manager Bob Lund and General Motors vice president Ed Rollett, while they were reading the book Heath's French and English Dictionary by James Boïelle and by de V. Payen-Payne printed in 1936. In the book The Complete Book of Camaro, it states that Mr. Lund and Mr. Rollett found the word camaro in the French-English dictionary was slang, to mean \"friend, pal, or comrade\". The article further repeated Estes's statement of what the word camaro was meant to imply, that the car's name \"suggests the comradeship of good friends, as a personal car should be to its owner\". The accepted French word with the closest meaning is \"camarade,\" from which the English word \"comrade\" is derived.
The 2014 Camaro was unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show, with a refreshed body style and the return of a Z/28 model. Upgrades included a slimmer grille along with a larger lower fascia and new fog lights along with taillights that took styling cues from the original first-generation Camaro. The RS appearance package incorporates LEDs into both the headlights and taillights. The Z/28 model features a high-performance 7.0 L LS7 V8 engine that produces 505 hp (377 kW), the same engine used in the C6 Z06 Corvette. The new Z/28 features upgrades intended to improve lap times, and as with the original Z/28, air conditioning is an option. The Z/28 model retains only one speaker for the seat belt chime, the rear quarter glass has been thinned, rear seats have been thinned, and most of the sound deadening has been removed in an effort to reduce the weight of the vehicle.
The Camaro was the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car in 1967, 1969, 1982, 1993, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, and 2016. The Camaro also paced races at Daytona, Watkins Glen, Mosport in Canada, and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Chevrolet is reviving the Z/28 Camaro as a lighter, high-performance version of the muscle car. The Z/28, which debuted in 1967 and was last sold in 2002, has been reengineered for 2014 at 3,800 pounds, about 100 pounds lighter than a standard Camaro. It's designed so that it can hit the racetrack, with the Corvette's powerful V-8 engine and bigger brakes. To shed weight, it forgoes some standard comforts, coming with a one-speaker radio, stiffer seats and manual transmission only.
The Z/28 will be available to order in late January with the first cars being delivered to customers in the spring. The right to buy the first 2014 Z/28 -- the one with Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN, 0001 -- will be sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., on January 18. 781b155fdc