By Jennifer Geiger on January 3, 2014
The bare-bones, track-tuned version of Chevy's muscle car will go on sale this spring; the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 will start at $75,000, including destination and a gas-guzzler tax — a hefty premium over the track-oriented ZL1 model ($56,050) and the base 1LS trim ($24,550). The Z/28's price also doesn't get you air conditioning: The system was ditched to make the car lighter and can be added for $1,150.
The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 was first introduced at last year's New York International Auto Show and wears unique front and rear bumpers for improved track aerodynamics, fender flares and extended rocker panels, a rear spoiler and a functional rear diffuser. Power comes from a 7.0-liter V-8 good for 505-horsepower and 481 pounds-feet of torque; a six-speed manual is the sole transmission. Carbon ceramic Brembo brakes are standard.
Inside there's a Z/28-specific matte-metallic trim called Octane, a flat-bottom steering wheel and microfiber Recaro seats; they are manually adjustable to save weight. The Z/28 is around 300 pounds lighter than the track-oriented ZL1 thanks to the elimination of several components, including the backseat pass-through, tire-inflator kit, interior sound deadening material, trunk carpet and high-intensity discharge headlamps and fog lamps. The rear-window glass is also thinner and the battery is lighter.
The Camaro Z/28 will be available to order in late January. Rights to the first Camaro Z/28, VIN 0001, will be auctioned at Barrett Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Jan. 18.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer