Chevrolet has unveiled its refreshed 2014 Camaro sports coupe, four years after the historic nameplate’s return to the US market.
Revealed at this week’s New York Auto Show, the new model benefits from a raft of styling updates, and marks the long-awaited return of the Z/28 performance variant.
These styling updates include new front and rear fascias, bringing the Camaro in line with the styling of the C7 Corvette revealed at Detroit in January.
A slimmed-down grille and headlight treatment round out the front-end tweaks, while the previous dual tail-lights design has been replaced with simpler single rectangular LED units.
The SS and Z/28 models shown for now gain a new functional bonnet scoop, which is routed to the airbox via underbonnet ducting.
Chevrolet is yet to release images of the lesser models’ interior, but the pictured Z/28 interior suggest any changes will be minimal.
The new Z/28 will sit between facelifted versions of the existing 318kW 1LE and 433kW ZL1 performance models, and use a version of the Corvette Z06’s LS7 7.0 litre V8.
"We set out to make the fastest [circuit] racing Camaro possible that was still street-legal,” Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser said.
“While the Camaro ZL1 offers exceptional performance on the street, the drag strip, and the track, the Z/28 is entirely focused on the track performance.”
“The Z/28 will be too track-focused for most drivers, but offers [circuit] racers one of the most capable track cars ever offered from an automaker," he added.
Outputs for the Z/28 are yet to be announced, but are expected to top 373kW/637Nm and come paired with a close-ratio six speed manual as the sole transmission choice.
“The build sheet is the wish list of any racer: lightweight, high-revving, dry-sump LS7 engine; carbon-ceramic brakes; integrated coolers for track use; true aerodynamic downforce, and a significant reduction in curb weight,” GM’s US boss Mark Reuss said.
Weight reduction measures include manually-adjustable seats (lighter than electric), reduced-fat rear seat, reduced sound-deadening and boot carpet, lightweight 19 inch wheels, battery, and thinner rear window glass.
Air conditioning has been made optional on the Z/28, reinforcing its serious focus on losing weight.
The Z/28’s kerb weight is yet to specified, but will undercut the SS by 45kg and the ZL1 by a significant 136kg.
A functional aero kit also features, along with a 3.91:1 helical LSD, Pirelli P Zero Trofeo semi-slick tyres, and Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes capable of 1.5g deceleration.
The Z/28’s springs, dampers and suspension bushes have also been honed for circuit performance.
Pricing is also yet to be announced for the Z/28, but with the known cost of parts like carbon-ceramic brakes, it won’t be cheap - and it won't be coming here.
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