The Name You Expected For The Car You Never Thought They'd Build
To hear Al Oppenheiser, chief engineer for the Chevrolet Camaro
, tell it, the brand-new 2014 Z/28 is "the car everyone expects." The modern Camaro concept first debuted at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show
, and in early 2014 - over eight years later - the Z/28 will finally be available for public consumption. It is perhaps the most highly anticipated Camaro model to spawn from the modern interpretation of General Motors' 'Murican muscle car. After all, when we first spied the track-focused 1LE
, we assumed it would be called Z/28. And then when Chevy
surprised us with the ZL1
at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show
, we were sort of shocked that it wasn't called Z/28, either.
As you would expect, the questions surrounding a Z/28 model have been flooding in since we first heard the Camaro nameplate would be making a comeback. But Oppenheiser was saving the best for last, saying this actually
is the car "no one expects." Through all these years, he had been telling owners, fan-boys and the media that the Z/28 name - "a haloed moniker" - would be reserved for the most hardcore Camaro available.
So, to show us exactly how serious this new Z/28 package is, Chevy invited us out to GM's Milford Proving Grounds for a proper deep dive. And instead of just telling us what the new top-dog Camaro can do, we buckled into the passenger seat of the very car that recently set a 7:37.47 Nürburgring lap time
- with the very driver that set the time as our pilot - and stormed the 2.9-mile Milford Road Course.
We've waited a long time to finally greet the Z/28. And boy, has the wait been worth it.Continue reading 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 [w/video]
2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 [w/video]
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