Published January 06, 2014
The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 has been priced at $75,000, including a $995 destination charge and gas guzzler tax, making it one of the most expensive cars ever offered by the bowtie brand. The asking price is certainly quite the leap over the more powerful Camaro ZL1’s $55k sticker, but the Camaro Z/28 comes fully equipped and features some of the best performance items money can buy.
The car has just one option: a $1,150 comfort package that adds air conditioning and a six-speaker sound system (the stock Camaro Z/28 has a single speaker). Those niceties were removed on the standard car to help save weight. Also gone is the tire-inflator kit (except for Rhode Island and New Hampshire because of legal reasons), sound deadening and high-intensity discharge lamps.
The key stats of the Camaro Z/28 are a 505-horsepower 7.0-liter LS7 V-8, a Tremec six-speed manual transmission, a limited-slip differential with a helical gear set, carbon ceramic brakes, Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires wrapped around forged 19-inch alloys, Recaro seats and a 300-pound weight advantage over the 4,120-pound ZL1.
The Camaro Z/28 is also one of the first production cars fitted with race-proven, spool-valve dampers, which allow four-way damping control, enabling engineers to precisely tune both bump and rebound settings for high-speed and low-speed wheel motions. Additional chassis changes include stiffer spring and bushing rates for improved cornering response.
Extensive testing was done at Germany’s Nürburgring, where the car posted a lap time of 7:37.47 in the rain. Despite the wet surface, it still beat the times of cars like the Type 991 Porsche 911 Carrera S and Audi R8 V10.
Sales commence this month, with the first deliveries due in the spring. The very first example, the car bearing VIN #0001, will be auctioned off to the highest bidder at a Barrett Jackson auction taking place in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 18.
For more on the car, check out our extensive first ride report.