I’ll say it up front so the bias is known. I’m a Mustang guy. I have owned half a dozen and will own half a dozen more if all goes well. However, as I was recently strolling through a Father’s Day car show with the family, this caught my eye. It’s a 2014 Camaro Z/28 and it looked marvelous. The purpose-built appearance of the wheels, front splitter, rear spoiler, I love it all. The interior, with suede(ish) material everything and very shape-hugging seats, that’s all excellent. I’ll overlook the fact that you can’t see out of the sides or rear of the car. Maybe. Take a look at the quick walkaround video and I’ll meet you on the other side.
Nice looking car isn’t it? And we know it’s fast, if you go to Chevy’s website, they title the Z/28 “build your own” section “build your own track car“. I like that. I spec’d mine out similar to the car I came across over the weekend. Summit White on the outside, comes standard with the Recaro-sourced seats, and…wait what? A 7.0L V8. Whoa. Complete with dry sump oil system and pushing 505 hp [376.6 kW] @ 6100 rpm, 481 lb-ft of torque [649.4 N-m] @ 4800 rpm). I left the alternate measurements in case that guy who wants the US to move to the metric system wins the Presidential election. I can’t remember his name though, so that’s not likely. Plus that seemed to be his one campaign promise. I’m still in for the metric move regardless though. Back to the Camaro, it has ceramic Brembo performance 6 piston front and 4 piston rear brakes, as you saw in detail in the video stop the $70,000+ Chevy. Track focused indeed.
Now I’m just curious how it stacks up to the GT350. Guess we’ll see.