Jay Leno Drives The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28: Video

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Rocky is the road that has led to the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28's production. Rumored for release years ago, with General Motors choosing to offer a ZL1 and then a 1LE, all but the most faithful Z/28 fans had given up hope that we’d ever see a modern Camaro bearing the alphanumerical combination of the letter Z and the numbers 2 and 8.

But the car is finally here--launched together with a facelifted Camaro range being introduced for the 2014 model year. While the new Camaro Z/28’s showroom appearance isn’t scheduled for a few months still, the very fortunate Jay Leno was given a chance to take one for a spin recently when it turned up at his garage; he’s the first person outside of General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] to drive one, in fact.

The Camaro’s chief engineer, Al Oppenheiser, introduced the new Z/28 to Leno and took the opportunity to reveal the philosophy behind the car and explain why GM took so long to launch it. He also revealed that pricing will be north of the ZL1's $56k sticker.

If you've forgotten, the key stats of the new Z/28 are a 7.0-liter LS7 V-8, a Tremec six-speed manual transmission, carbon ceramic brakes, Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires, Recaro seats and a 300-pound weight advantage over the ZL1. Oh, and there’s no air conditioning.

Be sure to turn the volume up on this one.


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Comments (6)
  1. how about 1970 ss chevelle remake

  2. Make a Z-28 ,not say it is and call it something elese,ZL-1,like in 69 ok,Z-28 then put the Z-28 on it. Maby make something between the ZL-1 and 2-SS,and that would be the Z-28,The ZL-1 looks to be more of a power car,thats ok,the Z-28 be everyday driven performance car a bit up from the 2-SS, I would buy the Z-28 only if it was a Z-28--TKS

  3. thats what theyre talking about, the z28 would handle better than an ss and still have the balls the ss is known for..the part of the article even mentions the same thing you do, slide it in between the ss and zl1..theyre not making a z28 and calling it a zl1 read the article and dont confuse yourself, ",not say it is and call it something elese,ZL-1,like in 69 ok", "The ZL-1 looks to be more of a power car,"

  4. Please,Please build a car that exemplifies what the original z was about.High winding,normally aspirated,small cubic inch car that will handle quite well.Can we not take a que from Ford (ugh)with what they have done with the boss 302?.Does anyone recall LT-1 (70-72)?How do we get this to GM?

  5. i agree dont take a que from ford..if youve noticed ford has never had a good handling mustang...they started out with 4 wheel drum brakes and skinny tires with a big underpowered heart at the center of it all, and now theyve got the supercharged suprise under the hood and thicker tires and 4 wheel discs but for some reason,(600hp to the 255s sittin out back) it cant handle and the skid pad tests dont even come close to the camaro or the challanger..maybe next year

  6. i think the z28 pkg should have the ls7 with a better handling platform, or it may be cool to have the platform and let the buyer choose the motor, 6.2, 7.0, or 6.2 S/C

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