Hot on the heels of their ressurection of the much loved and missed Stingray, GM has pulled a new trick out of it's hat, and it's a great one. The Z28 has come back to life! Chevy says that it's their most track-capable car ever. I say it's a 500 HP Camaro! If I didn't have space to fill on this page, that really would be all that anyone needs to know...
At the recent New York Auto Show, Chevrolet took everyone by surprise by announcing the 2014 Camaro Z28. The Z28, one of the most revered names in the domestic automotive industry, hasn't been sold since 2002. During the announcement, Chevy disclosed that they are updating the entire Camaro line with minor tweaks involving trim, nose and tail. While the Z28 is indeed legendary, there is nothing heritage about it but the name. This is a modern road rocket.
The Z28 will be a low-volume production model, targeted at a niche market of racing enthusiasts who want a car that has been built for the track. It won't do well in showrooms, but it's purpose really is to reinforce Chevy's image. It will however, bring fans into showrooms as a halo car, and perhaps sell more of the slightly more practical editions of the Camaro. The Z's full aerodynamic kit featuring a wing on the back, underside panels and a nose scoop, will surely make it stand out from it's kin.
In terms of special effects, the Camaro Z28 is a blockbuster. It rides on tires that can withstand more than 1G (force of gravity) in lateral acceleration to handle those tight corners on a track, it's got the Corvette's LS7 V8, 7 cylinder naturally aspirated engine under the hood, 470 pounds of torque and sports a whopping 500 HP!
As track fans know, winning isn't only about power. Weight plays a critical role. GM engineers looked for unique ways to reduce the vehicle's weight and settled on creature comforts. Like I said, this is a racing machine, not intended for long road trips. Aside from the single speaker required by law, the sound system was removed. So was air conditioning, though it's optional. Carpeting was removed from the trunk. After swapping in lightweight materials, the back seats remain. Those fancy tires are affixed to lighter 19 inch wheels, instead of the popular larger sized rims and lightweight carbon brakes are used. After all the cuts, the Z28 weighs about 300 pounds less than the Camaro ZL1.
Two years in the making, the Z28 actively demonstrates what GM is capable of building. Performance statistics are not yet available, while GM waits for Michigan weather to grant them more track time. Production will begin late this year, and the car will go on sale either at the end of 2013 or early next year.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca