2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Faster than ZL1

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Faster than ZL1

Chevrolet just revealed what will probably be the biggest surprise to come from the 2013 New York Auto Show, the revival of the Z/28 nameplate for the Camaro.

“The Z/28 will be too track-focused for most drivers, but offers road-racers one of the most capable track cars ever offered from an automaker,” Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser said.”

Lifted from the last generation Corvette Z06, the heart of the 2014 Z/28 is a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V8 that makes at least 500 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. The engine can only be had linked to a six-speed manual transmission, which comes together to make the Z/28 three seconds faster around an unnamed track than the Camaro ZL1 according to the brand.

“We set out to make the fastest road-racing Camaro possible that was still street-legal,” said Oppenheiser. “While the Camaro ZL1 offers exceptional performance on the street, the drag strip, and the track, the Z/28 is entirely focused on the track performance.”

The increase in speed is also helped by chassis revisions that allow for 1.05 G in cornering acceleration, 300 lbs of weight loss, an enhanced aerodynamics package, along with 305/30ZR19 Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires. For stopping power, Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix brake rotors are fitted with six-piston calipers up front and four in the back.

On the inside, the Z/28 features standard Recaro race seats that look similar to the Corvette’s buckets. There’s also a flat-bottom ZL1 steering wheel and a matte-mettalic finish accenting the cabin.

“Unlike the Ford Mustang Boss 302, we felt it was important to keep the 2+2 configuration of the Camaro Z/28 as Chevrolet already has a world-class two-seat sports car in the Corvette,” said Oppenheiser.  “By modifying the construction of the rear seat, we were able to reduce the overall weight of the Z/28 while still preserving the flexibility of 2+2 seating.”

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  • what can i say , now i dont know what i want any more , a vette or a camaro ,  they both are bigining to sound about the same  but I LOVE IT , at least there is a better price option with the vette s inspired new z28

  • Drop2

    Ok Chevy, all Bosses are 2+2 configuration, with the exception of the Laguna Seca package. Secondly, do you even need the rear two seats on a “street-legal track car”? I see no true track cars with rear seats, which again is why the LS package on Bosses deleted them.

  • Missleading

    While impressive, the Z28’s time is misleading… The P Zero Trofeo R compound tires are essentially racing slicks, with just enough tread channels to be “street” legal. Comparing the Z28 to vehicles not running R compounds, is not an apples to apples comparison. The PZero Trofeo R compound tire has a wear rating of 60, by comparison, the Pilot Sport PS2 has a wear rating of 220. You would be lucky to get 3 months of use from the Trofeo’s in average street use (around 5k miles, probably much less).
    The ZR1 running Michelin Pilot Sports put up a time of 7:38, which is far more impressive.
    Great, if you can afford a dedicated track car, and lots of track tires, the Z28 seems like a good option, but bragging about it being as fast as a 911 on street tires, well, that is simply disingenuous on Chevy’s part.

  • 96corvetteLT4

    Agree all the way. I applaud GM for even offering this car and going all out in doing so, but certainly those Trofeo R’s are a big part of the “lap times” story. Why not bolt a set of the Z/28 wheels and tires onto the ZL1 and show those times? Z/28 still is faster for sure, but gap is narrowed.
    Also, though GM is now too smug and defiant to admit it, they simply needed a place to use up all of the surplus LS7’s! Less than 2000 Z06 Corvettes were built from MY2010-2012, what to do? They created the one year only 2013 427 convertible and assembled over 2500 of those. There are still plenty of those available on dealer lots all over at huge discounts. The rest of the engines and parts will be used up on the ’14-15 Z/28.

  • pamotorman

    part of the track was in the rain so lets see what happens on a dry track with the Z/28. I owned both a new 68 and a 69 Z/28 back in the day and they were more fun to drive than the new corvettes I owned back then including the 427

  • Don Dressel

    I had a 69 r/s in beautiful condition but sold it for 2000 dollars! DUMB! I hope you got more or better yet still have them!

  • Jose

    They should include a supercharger on the 427 block for the z/28 that would beat Mustang’s Horsepower advantage of 600+ HP and put the Mustang/Camaro war to end for good. The Mustang’s engine is maxed out they can’t get any more horspower out of that engine without blowing it up.

  • Jose

    They should’ve put those LS7’s in the ZL1’s with a supercharger that would’ve been so damn cool but they decided to go with the 6.2 liter which is a pretty good engine but would rather have the high reving LS7 in a camaro.
    I agree with you on the tires as well. Even the ZL1 tires wear down pretty quick, I had to replace my tires in a year after getting my car new. I’m used to replacing tires 3+ years on normal vehicles but not these cars.

  • Jose

    The corvette is a better option if you are going to drive the car on a daily basis and take it to the track once in a while. The Camaro Z/28 is purely a track car, No A/C, no radio, no backseats, probably the ride is a bit rougher than the corvette, heavier. it’s basically a Camaro SS Stripped with a LS7 motor and enhanced brakes, performance supsension and tires. The ZL1 on the other side is between this both great cars not quite as fast around the track as a Z/28 but its a more driveable car and good track car and is has all the nice options, A/C, radio, backseats if you have kids or small friends(not a lot of room), selectable driving modes, and much cheaper than a Z/28. About same price as a standard Corvette.