If the old BMW adage was “one bratwurst, three lengths…” — the new Camaro is selling Nurburgring stamina by the pound like ground chuck.
Aero studies like these are mesmerizing to behold – but are only the beginning of the Z/28 Camaro story.
The Z/28 is a really stunning piece of machinery. It follows all paths toward achieving its 7:37.447 lap time – in the rain – in October 2013.
Italian Trofeo R tires are a Camaro first, as are Brembo carbon brakes bigger than a Brooklyn pizza and dry-sump engine oil system with numerous extra radiators for track cooling.
Nearly everything on the 2014 Z/28 is new to Chevy’s supplier network, added with a ZR-1-style verve for delivering results.
Exotic metal ores went into these huge carbon-ceramic discs: compressed and shaped into quasi-indestructible in-wheel plates.
A 7.0-liter V8 with 505 horsepower, Mahle titanium internals, Multimatic DSSV damping – the list is nearly endless. Exotic components, plus extremely rigid base chassis?
Yes. Camaro Z/28 details below, especially those highlighting the performance changes needed to get its long-term track attack performance into the GT-R Nissan and GT3 Porsche clubs.
2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Body styles / driveline:
Four-passenger, front-engine, rear-drive coupe
Unitized body frame, one- and two-sided galvanized steel
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
LS7 7.0L V-8
Displacement (cu in / cc):
427 / 7008
Bore & stroke (in / mm):
4.125 x 4.00 / 104.8 x 101.6
Cylinder head material:
overhead valve, two valves per cylinder
sequential fuel injection
Horsepower / kW:
500 / 373 (est.)
Torque (lb-ft / Nm):
470 / 637 (est.)
Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual
Gear ratios (:1):
Final drive ratio:
double-ball-joint, multi-link strut; direct-acting stabilizer bar; progressive-rate coil springs; inverted monotube shock absorber
4.5-link independent; progressive-rate coil springs over monotube shock absorbers; stabilizer bar;
StabiliTrak, electronic stability control
Power-assisted, Carbon Ceramic Matrix front and rear discs; six-piston fixed front, and four-piston rear calipers
Rotor diameter x thickness:
Front: 15.5 x 1.4 in (394 x 36 mm)
Rear: 15.3 x 1.3 in (390 x 32 mm)
Rear rotor (in / mm):
front: 19-inch x 11-inch
rear: 19-inch x 11.5-inch
Pirelli PZero Trofeo R
Wheelbase (in / mm):
112.3 / 2,852
Overall length (in / mm):
192.3 / 4,884
Overall width (in / mm):
76.9 / 1,953
Overall height (in / mm):
52.4 / 1,330
Track, front (in / mm):
66.14 / 1,680
Track, rear (in / mm):
64.65 / 1,642