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“As the ultimate track-capable Camaro, this car restores the mission of the original Z/28”—which was introduced in 1967—“and serves as a testament to the expertise of Chevrolet as the best-selling brand of performance cars,” said GM North America president Mark Reuss of the 2014 Z/28.
This is the interior of the Camaro Z/28. It looks ordinary enough. Although it is street-legal, it is designed to be a track-car. It comes only with a manual. And if you want air conditioning, it is an option.
The new Z/28 is powered by a hand-built, naturally aspirated 7.0-liter LS7 V8 that produces “at least” 500 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. It has titanium intake valves and connecting rods; CNC-ported aluminum cylinder heads; forged-steel crankshaft and main bearing caps; and hydroformed exhaust headers.
This, obviously, is not a Camaro Z/28. But at approximately the same time Chevy showed the new Camaro, the Jeep Wrangler Stitch concept was at Moab for the annual Easter Jeep Safari, and like the Z/28, the engineers and designers went at this vehicle with an enormous zeal to save weight. It is based on the 2013 Wrangler Rubicon. The production Wrangler Rubicon with a manual transmission weights 4,104 lb.; this has a curb weight of about 3,000 lb. The audio and HVAC components have been removed. The front seats are from the 2013 SRT Viper and the rear seats have been removed. The doors have been removed. The hood is a custom carbon-fiber piece. There is a chrome moly roll change. The Full-Traction lower control arms, floor pan, and GenRight fuel tanks are made with aluminum. The doors have been removed. Sections of the body have been cut out and wrapped with a see-through silver architectural fabric (which provides that X-ray vision effect).
Although the 2014 Camaro Z/28 is touted as being fast—“We set out to make the fastest road-racing Camaro possible that was still street-legal,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer—the car, powered by a hand-assembled, naturally aspirated, 7.0-liter V8 that is said to provide “at least” 500 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, also has a characteristic that greatly contributes to its speed.