General Motors did say that they’d be introducing a newly updated 2014 Chevrolet Camaro. What they didn’t say was that they’d be reviving one of the most renown nameplates for the Camaro lineup. Earlier today at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, the General revealed the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, which GM says is the most track-capable Camaro ever.
“As the ultimate track-capable Camaro, this car restores the mission of the original Z/28, and serves as a testament to the expertise of Chevrolet as the best-selling brand of performance cars,” said Mark Reuss, GM of North America’s president. “The build sheet is the wish list of any racer: lightweight, high-revving, dry-sump LS7 engine; carbon-ceramic brakes; integrated coolers for track use; true aerodynamic downforce, and a significant reduction in curb weight. This car could only come from Chevrolet, and could only be called the Z/28.”
The first Camaro Z/28 saw the light of day in 1967 and was specifically a homologation special to conform with the Sports Car Club of America’s Trans-Am 2 class. However, the new Camaro Z/28 doesn’t carry the same mission for a specific race series. It is just a harder, faster and more capable Camaro.
Under the hood sits the Chevrolet Corvette Z06’s naturally aspirated LS7 7.0L V8 good for at least 500hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. It gets a revised racing-style cold-air intake along with large K&N air filter to improve airflow and is mated to a robust Tremec TR6060 transmission. It also receives a dry-sump lubrication system and has a liquid-to-liquid oil cooler for maximum cooling efficiency.
A limited-slip differential is standard, as is an active large-diameter exhaust system. The differential and transmission also get their own cooling apparatuses to ensure on-track reliability and performance.
Debuting at the 2013 New York auto show, Chevrolet’s 2014 Camaro refresh consists of three or four relatively minor changes. But that simple statement isn’t quite fair to the people behind the bow-tie pony car. Just last year, Chevy upgraded the interiors of the entire Camaro lineup, upgraded dampers and anti-roll bars on V-8–powered models to reduce understeer, and introduced the SS 1LE package and the ZL1 convertible. Besides, the Camaro team probably had its hands full engineering the all-new 500-hp, LS7-powered Z/28 that also dropped in the Big Apple.
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For sure, there are plenty of sporty flavored, rear-wheel drive sedans in the market, but the first two cars that come to mind as direct competitors to the new 2014 Chevrolet SS are without question, the 2013 Dodge Charger and the 2013 Chrysler 300.
General Motors won’t be releasing prices for its bow-tie-badged Holden Commodore SS V until later this year, though, we anticipate to the SS to carry a similar price tag to its Chrysler Group challengers in the non-luxury, rear-wheel drive performance sedan category.
The question is, which models in the Charger and 300 lineups will the SS go up against?
Will it target the 370HP HEMI V8-powered Dodge Charger R/T that starts at $ 29,995 or the 470HP 6.4-liter HEMI V8 Dodge Charger SRT8 priced from $ 45,995, and similarly, the Chrysler 300C with the 363hp 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that starts at $ 35,190, or the 470hp 6.4-liter HEMI V8-powered SRT8 with an MSRP of $ 48,995?
Perhaps GM will position the SS, which features a 415hp 6.2-liter V8 linked to a 6-speed automatic only, somewhere in the middle, or it could be preparing a ZL1 model like the one we dreamed up last year, in which case, it could focus on the lower priced editions.
The Holden VF Commodore SS V-Series shown this week has a 6.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine beneath its bright-orange aluminium bonnet, 0.2L larger than the engine in the outgoing VE Commodore SS and the same engine used in current HSV models.
That means the Holden VF Commodore has the largest engine ever offered in a production Holden, while the VF Commodore weight loss program should also make it the fastest-ever production Holden.
The switch to a larger capacity V8 for the regular Holden range also leaves HSV with supercharging as the only option for its range of high-performance VF Commodores.
Engine details were revealed by Chevrolet at the US launch of the Chevrolet SS, which will run down the same production line as its Holden Commodore SS near-twin in Adelaide from later this year.
The 6.2-litre ‘LS3’ V8 engine (pictured above) is expected to produce 309kW of power and 563Nm of torque in Chevrolet SS guise, according to Chevrolet. That’s fractionally less power than what HSV is currently offering in its VE Commodore-based range – 325kW – but the Chevrolet SS/VF Commodore SS will offer 13Nm more torque.
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The Original Hot Wheels Camaro, Guy’s Big Vette, Smoke’s ZL1, and a Droptop COPO Camaro Head to Vegas [2012 SEMA Show]
The growing presence of imports notwithstanding, SEMA still is a very American affair. Modifying cars has been ingrained in the American car culture for decades. These cars are not as much about sophistication as they are about unabashed power—and the appearance of unabashed power. Few cars are more fitting than Chevrolet’s Camaro and Corvette, which is why they, once again, figure prominently in Vegas. Heading the table of Chevrolet’s SEMA fleet is Guy Fieri’s Corvette 427 convertible, a 1967 Camaro Hot Wheels concept, Tony Stewart’s Camaro ZL1, and the COPO Camaro convertible.
1967 Camaro Hot Wheels Concept
This one is a bit curious. Chevrolet has taken a Hot Wheels toy 1967 Camaro and transformed it into a full-size vehicle, which is pictured above. The job is “complicated, as the proportions don’t exactly match a full-scale first-generation Camaro,” as Chevrolet admits. It does look different and slightly exaggerated, sort of like a Chip Foose job, but it stays more true to the original ’67 Camaro than to the Hot Wheels miniature. Chevrolet design manager Dave Ross says that the body lines and styling cues of the concept are taken directly from the toy car. But those lines and styling cues also happen to be the same as the original Camaro.
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Car and Driver delivers a somewhat unusual comparison. While the BMW M6 Convertible is often compared to the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG or Maserati GranTurismo, this time, the high-end premium cabriolet goes against the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible. Here is the reasoning behind it, as C&D describes it:
“But why these two, here, together? Because aside from their highly divergent sticker prices, these two are like members of a common species whose evolution was separated by an ocean. The M6 and the ZL1 are both sedan-based, rear-drive, four-seat droptops powered by blown V-8s; one a very German take on the concept, the other quintessentially American. Both live to display.
By pairing it with the Camaro ZL1 convertible—base price, $ 61,745—we aim to see how much of the M6’s strut can be had for less. Much less. As tested, the ZL1 costs $ 552.50 less than half of the M6’s sticker.”
Here is an excerpt from the review:
“That the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 so easily shrugs off its burden also makes those pounds easy to forgive. Here we have a Camaro with 580 horsepower competing against a car that waltzes away from it—despite hauling more weight with less horsepower. We didn’t see that coming. The BMW hits 60 mph in four seconds flat—0.4 ahead of the Chevy—and holds that advantage through the quarter-mile, which takes just 12.3 seconds.
The year 2013 is going to be a big celebration for Automobili Lamborghini. The grand Italian automaker of some of the most outrageous pieces of machinery celebrates its 50th year anniversary after being founded in 1963.
According to Road&Track, Lamborghini plans for 2013 to be a big year. At a recent press conference in Monterey amid the auctions, Lamborghini announced that they’ll be featuring slew of special events for their up and coming anniversary celebrations, complete with an all new bespoke logo.
Lamborghini is still based out of Sant’Agata Bolognese in Italy, where they build the Aventador, Gallardo, the Sesto Elemento, and the potentially to be Urus SUV.
The biggest celebration for the brand during 2013 will be The Lamborghini 50th Anniversary Grand Tour, which will take place May 7-11, 2013 and begin at Bologna before ending at Lamborghini’s factory.
For full details, head over to the automaker’s website.