Remember when there was a bit of consternation among the Bowtie faithful after Chevrolet introduced the Camaro ZL1? The issue wasn’t around the big coupe’s awesome performance, it was with the name – many wondered why the company hadn’t chosen to exhume the company’s legendary Z/28 moniker. There was a bit less of an outcry when Chevy showed off the 1LE model, but only just. Well, apparently there’s a good reason why the Z/28 nameplate wasn’t used – because they were saving it for this bad boy.



Powered by Chevrolet’s 7.0-liter LS7 small block V8 (also found in the C6 Corvette), the 2014 Camaro Z/28 looks to offer massive track performance above and beyond the already capable 1LE. Chevy hasn’t released official power ratings yet, saying only that the Z/28 will deliver “at least 500 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque” – the supercharged 6.2-liter LSA found in the ZL1 dispenses 580 horsepower, so the track-focused Z/28 probably won’t be the most powerful Camaro on offer.



Perhaps more importantly, curb weight is down 300 pounds compared to the ZL1 thanks to a comprehensive lightweighting program, including thinner rear glass and lighter wheels and making air conditioning an option. Chevy says that the weight cut and the institution of substantial chassis and braking changes are good enough to cut a whopping three seconds per lap off of the ZL1′s times, though it hasn’t specified what circuit it has been tested on.



Aero changes include a whopper of a front splitter tied to a lift-curbing undertray, along with flared fenders and rocker extensions. Out back, a unique spoiler and diffuser help keep the massive meats planted to the ground at high speeds.



Inside, the manual-transmission-only Z/28 gets the ZL1′s excellent flat-bottomed wheel and standard Recaro seats (already optional on SS and ZL1 models). The interior is finished in a matte-metallic finish dubbed Octane. Pricing has yet to be announced, but for all the details, scroll down to look at the lengthy official press release and to watch the car’s live unveiling. We recommend fast-forwarding to the 8:55 mark to hear the Z/28 get fired up.

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By Chris Paukert