With recent concerns of auto-makers shifting toward making vehicles “greener” and more fuel efficient, one would expect a drastic decrease in the seemingly anti-efficient muscle car production race. This isn’t entirely the case, and although the race may have slowed a little, technology is quickly catching up to the industry, allowing powerful muscle cars that aren’t entirely terrible for the environment or your wallet. Enter the Camero Z/28.
Front Left View of White 2014 Chevy Camero Z/28 with Black Mags
Reviving the Iconic Series
Following in the footsteps of Ford, Chevrolet decided to revive the iconic Z/28 series. The Z/28 is now one of many available variations of the Camero, and has its work cut out just to measure up to these models. That being said, the designers and engineers set a list of goals to set the Z/28 apart, including lowering the overall weight while strengthening the chassis, installing transmission and differential coolers, a dry-sump oil system, and bigger brakes. The result is track-oriented beast worthy of the Z/28 moniker.
Front Right View of White 2014 Chevy Camero Z/28 with Black Mags
Overall, Chevy’s main goal was to restore the original mission of the Z/28: to ensure that Chevy remains a major player in high performance muscle car production. The exterior has been redesigned specifically for aerodynamics, and integrates advanced cooling techniques and increased stability at high speeds.
Rear Right View of White 2014 Chevy Camero Z/28 with Black Mags
Chevy also shed pounds by making the back glass thinner, and opting for 19″ wheels instead of 20″. They also did away with the fog lights, and just about every other exterior amenity that wasn’t contributing to either aerodynamics or cooling in some way.
Rear View of White 2014 Chevy Camero Z/28 with Black Mags
Perhaps the biggest interior change is decision to make air conditioning optional, however much weight was also shed in various small ways throughout the interior. The stereo system has scrapped, trunk carpet and sound-deadening removed, as well as the passthrough from the back seat to the trunk.
Inside View of White 2014 Chevy Camero Z/28 with Black Leather Seats
Performance and Specs
The Z/28 has a 7 Liter 500 horsepower V-8, and weighs in 300 lbs. lighter than the ZL1 and 100 lbs. lighter than the SS. It produces 470 ft-lbs. of torque and comes with a 6 speed manual transmission. New features include the dry-sump oil system as well as coolers for the tranny and differential.
Engine View of White 2014 Chevy Camero Z/28
Overall, Chevy did a good job in the revival of the Z/28. The car is the epitome of what muscle cars used to be, disregarding comfort and looks in lieu of performance and power.
Front View of White 2014 Chevy Camero Z/28