Although the 2014 Camaro Z/28 is touted as being fast—“We set out to make the fastest road-racing Camaro possible that was still street-legal,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer—the car, powered by a hand-assembled, naturally aspirated, 7.0-liter V8 that is said to provide “at least” 500 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, also has a characteristic that greatly contributes to its speed.
The engineers went at it from a perspective of eliminating extraneous mass yet, Oppenheiser noted, “Unlike the Ford Mustang Boss 302, we felt it was important to keep the 2+2 configuration of the Camaro Z/28 as Chevrolet already has a world-class two-seat sports car in the Corvette. By modifying the construction of the rear seat, we were able to reduce the overall weight of the Z/28 while still preserving the flexibility of 2+2 seating.”
Mark Reuss, president, GM North America, pointed out things that the car does have—a standard differential cooler, transmission cooler, brake coolers, and Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes—as well as things that it doesn’t have. “We took a lot of weight out of this car. We ripped out the trunk carpet and insulation. We installed thinner glass for the rear window. We made air conditioning optional. And we removed all the speakers but one. I wanted to take them all out, but you have to leave one so you can hear the seat-belt chime,” Reuss said.
He added, “If you want a street-legal track car—and I know not everyone does—this is the car for you.”
While they are still holding out on weight figures, a Chevy spokesperson puts it in the 3,800-lb. arena.