Chevrolet Surprises With Z/28 Unveil in New York

Posted by: Matt Iasenzaniro onMarch 27th, 2013

We knew Chevrolet was going to have one hell of a presentation here at the New York Auto Show when they handed out earplugs before the show started. I feel bad for anybody who used them though, because we were treated to a symphony of V8 like I’d never heard before. A packed crowd was told about Chevrolet’s dominance in the performance car segment in America; specifically the Camaro, which was the best-selling performance car for a 3rd year in a row.

We all knew what to expect from this presentation. The C7 Corvette Convertible took its spot to one side, the new Chevrolet SS on the other. Then the refreshed 2014 Camaro SS came out to applause and a lot of flash photography. Strangely though, it didn’t park at center stage. It took a another spot on the side and the lights dimmed for another video.

More V8, more volume. Another Camaro is shown, but we’ve already seen the SS, what is it? “427” hit the screen and the crowd cheered, but when the Z/28 badge came up, the place erupted. I’ve never seen such a strong and emotional reaction to a car unveiling. It gave me shivers. Out drove the new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and most of us were stunned. Then the specs hit and my jaw dropped further.

An estimated 500 horsepower and 470 lb/ft of torque. Carbon ceramic brakes. Standard differential and transmission coolers. Stripped interior, no carpets, no insulation. One speaker, just so you can hear the doorbell chime. Optional A/C.

This thing is a dedicated track monster in the same vein as the Porsche GT3 RS and Jaguar XKR-S GT. Prices weren’t announced but we can bet that the new Z/28 will be a lot less money than the aforementioned premium brands.

More details will follow. For now, enjoy what pictures we could manage with an epic mob struggling for position.

When he’s not busy writing about cars or travelling the auto show circuit, he’s reviewing apps and video games related to the automotive world. In his spare time, Matt is a motorcycle enthusiast, trying not to kill himself riding along with the crazy local drivers. He is also a weekly contributor in the Motor Mondays segment on News Talk 770.

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