No matter what else happens in the muscle car wars… Chevrolet’s upcoming Z/28 Camaro is sure to make a mark not soon forgotten.
Unveiled as a surprise debut during this year’s New York Auto Show, Chevrolet plans to begin shipping the Z/28 to dealers sometime in the first quarter of next year. During its debut, Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser said the vehicle was meant specifically as a track performer and that it would likely be too “track-focused” for most drivers.
Oppenheiser shared thoughts on the vehicle with the Detroit News.
“This is going to be the fastest, the most expensive, and in my opinion, the most memorable car in the fifth-generation Camaro,” he said. “And so you almost had to have the emotion be part of the business case to support us,” he said.
General Motors will likely only produce between 3,000 and 4,000 Z/28 Camaros per year. Although Chevrolet hasn’t announced official pricing, Oppenheiser’s statement means the Z/28 will start above $56,000 – the base MSRP for a 2014 ZL1.
Chevrolet is gunning to shoot anything Ford can offer right out of the sky with its new hardcore muscle car, which will be sold exclusively with a manual transmission. The seven-liter LS7 V8 makes 505 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque. That’s 75 hp less than the ZL1’s supercharged 6.2-liter V8, but the Z/28 is also a lighter car because it skips most of the comfort features that make the ZL1 a viable daily driver. Instead, Chevrolet focused on building a dedicated performance car that will dismantle stereotypes about American muscle.
“We didn’t spare a penny on this car,” Oppenheiser said.
Some of the other especially impressive features include carbon ceramic brakes and Pirelli Trofeo R tires. Earlier this week, the Z/28 made news when it clocked a 7:37.47 lap time on the Nurburgring, partially through a rain storm. The company estimates with a dry track that it could shave another six seconds off the lap time.
GALLERY: 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
[Source: Detroit News]
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