Despite its hefty, $75,000 price tag, the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 has been greeted with huge enthusiasm by muscle car aficionados, who purchase all 500 units scheduled to be built for the 2014 model year through April.
With the 2014 models already commissioned, the main man behind GM ’s iconic muscle car says Chevy will try and build on current success by expanding next year’s production to a projected 2,500 units, with more to be made if demand grows even further.
With that being said, Oppenheiser added that Chevrolet will open order books for the 2015 Camaro Z/28 in the next four to six weeks. And in case you haven’t found out yet, the first retail 2015 model has been already auctioned off by Barrett-Jackson for a staggering $500,000.
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Why It Matters
Although Chevy’s performance is less impressive when compared to what Dodge managed to achieve with the 2014 Challenger R/T Shaker, despite the fact that the Mopar fetches half the amount the Z/28 does, it shows that strong R&D and 1970s heritage and a dash of Nurburgring marketing still pay off.
With production now hopping beyond the 2,000 mark, the Camaro Z/28 isn’t what we’d call a "collector’s item," but it will live on as a valid statement for high displacement in an era that marches toward turbocharging and downsizing.
Powered by a naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter V-8 engine that generates 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque, the 2014 Camaro Z/28 was stripped of numerous components in order to reduce overall weight as much as possible.
Due to its no-nonsense nature and despite its inferior output, the Z/28 proved to be more capable than the supercharged ZL1 on the Nurburgring track, setting a new record for the Camaro nameplate at 7:37.48 minutes .
The muscle car can be ordered with only one option that costs $1,150, and it includes air conditioning and a six-speaker audio system.