nearly eleven years since the Z/28 nameplate was last affixed to a
Chevrolet Camaro, but it's been 45 since the moniker actually signified
a Camaro purpose-built for track use.
The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro
Z/28, which debuted at the 2013 New York Auto show, changes all that.
When Chevrolet wanted to send its new Nova-based pony car racing back in
1967, it set its sights on the Trans-Am series, which mandated a
five-liter engine (302 cubic-inch).
In order to
homologate that engine and some heavy-duty suspension upgrades for
competition use, the Camaro Z/28 debuted later that year, and soon
became a major player on circuits across the country - especially when
placed in the hands of the legendary Mark Donohue. The new 2014 Camaro
Z/28 may not be a homologation special like the original, but according
to GM president Mark Reuss, it's the ultimate expression of the
If nothing else, it certainly looks the part.
Like all 2014 Camaros, the Z/28 gains new front and rear clips, complete
with a slim grille opening, rectangular lower air intakes, and
rectangular, wrap-around tail lamp clusters that vaguely resemble those
used on the full-size 1966 Chevrolets.
Like all SS
models, the 2014 Z/28's hood louvers are an active aerodynamic aid,
designed to reduce aerodynamic lift while simultaneously extracting
heat. A massive front splitter also helps keep the front end planted on
terra firma, while elongated rocker sills are designed to increase
lateral stability at high speeds.