2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

Chevrolet showed the 2014 Camaro, which features minor styling tweaks front and rear to improve aerodynamics and cooling of mechanical components, at the 2013 New York Auto Show.

But the big news at the press event was a high-performance Camaro Z/28, created with a singular focus on track driving. The sense of excitement during the unveiling was overwhelming as the car roared onstage to hoots and applause.

The new Z/28 is part of General Motors' big push to create closer ties between motorsports and production vehicles, a strategy implemented by Mark Reuss, president of General Motors North America and an avid racing fan and car enthusiast. The Camaro Z/28 extends GM's focus beyond IndyCar and NASCAR to both amateur and professional road-racing series, such as those offered by the Sports Car Club of America, Grand-Am and the American LeMans Series (the latter two will merge in 2014 and be called United SportsCar Racing).

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2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

Click to enlarge picture2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 (© Rod Hatfield)

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

Click to enlarge picture2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 (© Rod Hatfield)

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

Click to enlarge picture2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 (© Rod Hatfield)

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

Click to enlarge picture2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 (© Rod Hatfield)

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

What is it?
A new version of the Chevrolet Camaro with enhancements designed to make it perform better on a racetrack, while keeping it street-legal.

What's hot?
The 2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28 revives a tradition established by the original Z/28 from 1967. That car was created to compete in the SCCA's Trans-Am 2 class.

The Camaro Z/28 uses the 7-liter LS7 V8 engine from the C6 Corvette Z06. It has been enhanced with high-performance components to produce 500 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission is a 6-speed manual.

A specially tuned suspension and wide wheels with special Pirelli tires give the Camaro Z/28 uncanny grip. Meanwhile, redesigned bumpers and body panels create added down force for aerodynamic stability at high speeds.

Like its predecessor, the 2014 Camaro Z/28 ditches a bunch of equipment to save weight. Chevy ripped out the interior sound insulation and carpeting from the trunk, used thinner glass for the back window and replaced the rear seat and battery with lighter units, among other things. Air conditioning is optional. All told, the Z/28 saves 100 pounds compared with a Chevrolet Camaro SS and 300 pounds compared with a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

What's not?
GM gave no indication of a zero-to-60-mph time or top speed, but did say that during testing the Camaro Z/28 was three seconds faster per lap than the Camaro ZL1.

How much and when?
Pricing to be announced. The Camaro Z/28 will go on sale later this year.

MSN Autos' verdict?
The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 looks and sounds legendary. We absolutely love it and can't wait to see how it stacks up against a Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca.

Matthew de Paula wanted to be an automotive journalist ever since reading his first car magazine in grade school. After a brief stint writing about finance, he helped launch ForbesAutos.com and became the site's editor in 2006. Matthew now freelances for various outlets.