Once only steps away from becoming a feature car on the 1970s detective show "Charlie's Angels," the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is fully redeemed as an elite performance machine for the 2014 model year and is equipped with a price tag reflecting its new status in the muscle car hierarchy. How much is the new 2014 Camaro Z28? When the car goes on sale in the spring of 2014, it will cost a cool $75,000, including a destination charge of $995 and a gas-guzzler tax.
How can a Camaro cost 75 grand? According to Mark Reuss, president, General Motors North America, "The Camaro Z/28 is an uncompromising performer that's bred for the track--and every one of its unique components supports the goal of faster lap times."
To that end, the new Camaro Z/28 is equipped with a hand-built, 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 engine cranking out 505 horsepower and 481 lb.-ft. of torque, a dry-sump oiling system, close-ratio 6-speed manual gearbox, Torsen limited-slip rear differential with a helical gear set, and a Performance Traction Management system.
Lightweight 19-inch forged aluminum wheels and P305/30R19 Pirelli PZero Trofeo performance tires help to keep the Camaro Z/28 glued to the ground, aided by aerodynamic tweaks designed to increase downforce at speed. Race-proven shocks, stiffer springs, and revised bushing rates improve handling, too, and Chevrolet claims the new Z/28 can tackle corners with 1.08g of grip. In layman's terminology, the Z/28 sticks to the road like few other cars. When it comes time to stop, standard Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix rotors dissipate heat and weigh less than steel, while 6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers help to ensure maximum braking performance.
Chevrolet has also pulled as much weight out of the Camaro Z/28 as possible, reducing mass by jettisoning power seat adjusters, installing a smaller and lighter battery, removing some of the interior sound deadening materials, modifying the rear seat design, using thinner rear window glass, making air conditioning an option, and eliminating several features. The driver and front passenger sit on Recaro performance-bolstered seats with 5-point racing harness pass-throughs.
Want to own the very first 2014 Camaro Z/28, VIN 0001? Book a flight to Phoenix and attend the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale on January 18. Rights to that car will be auctioned at the event.
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