For millions of car enthusiasts the return of the familiar Z28 badge on the Chevrolet Camaro is a welcome sight. This iconic sports coupe was initially produced to compete in Trans Am Series Racing Events sponsored by the Sports Car Clubs of America (SCCA) in the late 1960s. Despite the fact that these older muscle cars were well respected high-performance machines, they could scarcely hold a candle to the 2014 version of the Z28, which tore up the track at Germany’s famed Nurburgring Raceway — shattering the track record for street cars, regardless of their country of origin.
The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 is powered by a hand assembled LS7 7.0-liter naturally aspirated V8. At 505-horsepower and 481 lb.-ft. of torque, it is the most powerful naturally aspirated small-block engine ever produced. Titanium connecting rods and forged steel crankshaft help to make the engine more durable and lightweight and a specially designed 10.5-quart dry sump pressurized oiling system ensures that oil is adequately distributed during even the most challenging of driving maneuvers. Mated with a TREMEC T-6060 transmission, that features close ratio gearing, and helical gear limited slip differential the Z28 can get from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.4-seconds with a top speed of over 150 mph. A specially designed liquid to liquid cooling system for the rear differential and transmission help to keep things cool underneath this hot ride. Massive Pirelli tires and Brembo brakes complete the package.