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Remarkable Retro Rides: 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

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Remarkable Retro Rides: 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 (Credit: © General Motors)

Since its inception in the late 1960s the Camaro Z28 logo has stood for unmatched engine performance and handling prowess in an affordable street coupe. Originally designed to compete in the Sports Car Clubs of America (SCCA) Trans Am Class, it has always been a powerful, aggressive coupe with nimble handling in which the average consumer could make his/her daily commute and then tear up the race track on the weekends. The reintroduction of the Camaro (in 2010) after an eight-year hiatus has created quite a stir among car enthusiasts. The introduction of the Z28 package, four-years later, has turned that stir into a virtual hurricane.

The overall appearance of the 2014 Z28 pays tribute to its predecessors with the wide aggressive stance of a predatory beast, low center of gravity, and long aerodynamic front end. Numerous aerodynamic treatments are added to provide sufficient downforce for this brute of a car at track speeds. A large splitter gathers air and delivers it via an underbody panel to reduce front end lift, flares over the front and rear fenders and extended rocker panels contribute to aerodynamic stability. A large rear spoiler and functional diffuser fit for a full-competition road racer complete the integrated aerodynamic package.

The Z28 is the first production car equipped with racing style spool valve dampers. The spool valve damper system allows the wide-range fully adjustable active stability management system to control bump and rebound settings for both low and high-speed driving conditions. This promotes much stiffer damper feel without sacrificing riding comfort. Massive Pirelli P-ZERO Trofeo 305/30ZR19 tires help the Z28 to stick to the pavement; biting hard entering the corners and providing adequate traction on exit.

A lightweight Carbon-Ceramic Brembo braking system with fixed monoblock calipers bring the powerful beast safely to a halt. In front humongous 36-millimeter Matrix front rotors and six-piston calipers provide the stopping power while 32-millimeter Matrix rear rotors and four piston calipers get the job done in the rear. The lightweight composition provides improved heat dissipation and greater braking efficiency during competitive driving situations.

The interior of the Z28 is built for driving pleasure with Recaro racing seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, and short throw shifter. Many of the more luxurious driving amenities available in less powerful Camaro packages are not the primary focus of the Z28. Rest assured that what it lacks in trinkets it more than makes up for in performance.

The key point of variation between today’s Z28 and yesterday’s is found underneath the hood. The 2014 model boasts the most powerful normally aspirated regular production small block V8 ever; much more powerful than the engines of the 1960s. A handcrafted 7.0-liter LS7 V8 utilizes the finest parts in the industry to create an engine that is capable of achieving a rating of 505-hp and 481 lb.-ft. of torque, with a redline of 7,000 RPMs. Using space aged components, such as titanium intake valves and connecting rods, coupled with a forged steel crankshaft, Chevy engineers have created an engine that delivers incredible performance with extraordinary durability. An innovative 10.5-quart pressurized dry-sump oiling system ensures that the engine remains well lubricated even under the most drastic cornering maneuvers.

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