Chevrolet’s new track monster, the hardcore 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, will start at an even $75,000 including destination when it goes on sale this spring. This may sound like a lot for a car without air conditioning or a radio, but the Camaro Z/28 is built purely for speed and has already achieved a Nürburgring lap time of 7 minutes, 37 seconds, faster than supercars like the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 and the Lexus LFA.
For the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, the most notable standard features center around performance, like ceramic brakes, spool-valve dampers, close-ratios six-speed manual transmission, and limited slip differential. More important, under the hood is a 7.0-liter V-8 engine rated for 505 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque. Otherwise, there’s a lot missing from the Z/28 for the sake of weight savings, like air conditioning, some sound-deadening material, a tire-inflator kit, and all audio speakers except for one for the door-ajar chimes. Only one option is available for the Camaro Z/28: a $1150 package that adds air conditioning and five more audio speakers for a total of six.
Looking at Chevrolet’s current performance lineup, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is near the top in both price and performance. The more powerful, but heavier 580-hp Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 starts at $57,350 including destination, and the 460-hp 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with the Z51 Performance Package starts at $54,795. Neither of these cars offers the same kind of track capability and special race components as the Z/28, though. From our perspective, the only real in-house threat to the Camaro Z/28 will be the upcoming 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, which is set to debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show and is likely to be priced within a few thousand dollars of the Camaro Z/28's price, considering that a 2013 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 started at $76,595 with destination.
Chevrolet starts taking orders for the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 later in January, and the first cars will arrive in the hands of customers this spring.