Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Camaro

  The pony car wars are still in full force and the Chevrolet Camaro is on the forefront of every battle. The seasoned muscle car boasts a muscular exterior with sleek lines and a powerful engine mounted behind that familiar face. The rear-wheel drive Chevrolet Camaro is powered by a 3.6L V6 engine delivering 304hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, but the better choice is found in the 6.2L V8 engine cranking out 400/426hp and 410/420lb-ft of torque. These engines are mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Now here’s something you really don’t want to try at home, folks! Whatever you do, don’t use a brand new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to dive into the pool. In fact, don’t use any kind of vehicle if you want to go for a swim.

The soaked 2014 Camaro ZL1 you’re about to see in the video below wasn’t actually used for a pool diving stunt. According to news reports, the driver lost control of the muscle car and ran through a fence before plunging into the water. There’s no info as to what happened before the vehicle left the road, but my guess is that the owner wasn’t exactly gentle with the throttle. The incident occurred in Northwest Harris Country, Texas.

Fortunately enough, the driver escaped without a scratch, but we can’t say the same about the $60,000 Camaro, which is basically ruined after being submerged under water. Local police said the driver may be ticketed for speeding. Hopefully his next car won’t have the same awful fate...

Click past the jump for the video of the car being recovered and to read more on the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

The new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is more than just another Camaro with a huge motor. As we have shown with videos about wheel design and alterations to the Chevy Bowtie , Every piece of the Z/28 is built to perform. In this latest video, Mark Stielow, the program engineering manager for the project, covers all the new aerodynamic changes that have been made to the car to make it a Nurburgring-blistering beast.

Starting with the nose of this beast, the Z/28 features a large front lip spoiler to create downforce. Mark is quick to point out that this front splitter is much larger than the unit sold with Chevrolet’s other track-focused Camaro, the 1LE . Not only is this front splitter larger, it is steel-reinforced and mounted to the bumper beam of the Camaro to allow it to withstand up to 200 pounds of force. The hood of the car features a revised heat extractor that is made from carbon to reduce weight, and it features a more open design to improve cooling.

Around the side, there are gurney lips in front of the front wheels, the side sills reduce drag and improve downforce, and the whole car sits a full 33 mm (1.3 inches) lower, thanks to a new suspension setup. You can’t see it normally, but there is a large bellypan under the front of the car as well.

There are few more changes, but we don’t want to ruin the whole video for you. All we can say is that GM went above and beyond in creating the new Z/28, and we love every square inch of it.

The Camaro Z/28 is set to pace the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ with recently retired driver Dario Franchitti at the wheel. The three-time Indy 500 winner will be leading the field May 25th, as the 98th running takes place at the famed Brickyard.

Franchitti’s career includes wins in 2007, 2010, and again in 2012, taking rank with a very select number of drivers to achieve such an outstanding IndyCar career. Though Franchitti is retired, he’s not slowing down. He now works in a driver development position with Chip Ganassi Racing, who is of course, powering their race cars with Chevrolet engines for the 2014 Indy season.

The Camaro Z/28 is unmodified for its pace car role, save for the decals affixed to the hood, doors, and rear quarter panels. That’s all well and good though. The Z/28 won’t have any issues getting to speed and holding corners with its 505-horsepower, 481-pound-foot 7.0-liter naturally aspirated V-8. The massive 305-series Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires grip their 19-inch blacked-out wheels that mount to hubs holding huge carbon ceramic rotors squeezed by six-piston Brembo calipers up front and four-piston units out back.

While this will be Franchitti’s first time pacing the Indy 500, it’s old hat for the Camaro. It first did it in 1967 and 2014 will mark its eighth time. The Chevrolet brand, however, has led the field an impressive 24 times with various cars throughout the years. A 2014 Corvette Stingray did the honors last year .

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is a hulking ball of muscle with the agility of a ballerina. It’s hard to come up with enough praises to describe one of the most powerful and best-handling Camaros in history. Somehow, though, the folks over at Motor Trend have found a way to do just that.

MT’s resident racer Randy Pobst took some time to give the 2014 Camaro Z/28 a serious shakedown and by, did he come out singing the praises of the Chevrolet and Z/28.

Comparing the Z/28 to an Italian supercar doesn’t seem fair, but the Z/28 debunks that notion. Pobst found this out himself when the Camaro posted a figure-eight time of 23.6 seconds, right on par with the Ferrari 458 Italia. Pobst was also quick to praise the vehicle’s carbon-ceramic brake system, which allowed the Z/28 to consistently stop from 60 to 0 mph in fewer than 100 feet.

Those things, coupled with the car’s obvious power output, are what makes the 2014 Camaro Z/28 such a prized thoroughbred, enough, at least, to be considered as one of the best Camaros Chevrolet has ever built.

With 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, the 2014 Camaro Z/28 is probably the purest Chevrolet -badged muscle car you can get nowadays. It has a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter powerplant (think 1968-1969 Baldwin and Yenko ) that will make most think that all hell is about to break loose each time the gas pedal hits the floor.

Sure, it has less power than the supercharged 2014 Camaro ZL1 , but Chevy built the LS7-engined pony with track performance in mind. Is the 2014 Z/28 the most track-capable Camaro yet? You bet! However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the sports coupe that lapped the Nurburgring in 7:37.40 minutes can’t be had with an extra kick under the hood.

No, Chevrolet is not rolling out an update just yet. The 2014 Camaro Z/28 fell into the hands of Callaway Cars , the Connecticut-based GM specialist that that has already meddled with the 2014 Corvette Stingray , the 2014 Silverado truck and the 2014 SS sedan .

Dubbed Camaro Z/28 SC652, Callaway’s newest creation sports an Eaton TSV2300 supercharger under the hood, as well as a few other enhancements destined to increase output all the way up to 652 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque. Specifically, Callaway added a liquid-to-air intercooler, a high-flow intake system and, as expected, a low restriction exhaust system.

The extra horses kicking inside the supercharged mill enable the SC652 to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, about 0.3 seconds faster than the factory Z/28. Callaway claims the muscle car can complete the quarter mile in 11.5 seconds at 114 mph, which means you will not embarrass yourself at the drag strip in one of these machines.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 by Callaway Cars.

The most important consideration for any track-day special is not horsepower, suspension setup, brakes or tries. Ask any Formula One team, Le Mans racer or local SCCA guru; the number one consideration is cooling. If the car doesn’t stay cool, the car won’t run. You can have a million horsepower, but does no good if you are sitting in the pits waiting for your engine to cool.

General Motors understands this well, so for its new track-focused Camaro Z/28 it has taken every piece of the car to the drawing board to help improve cooling and overall performance. One of the biggest changes to the car ended up being the smallest; the Flowtie.

During wind tunnel testing, engineers noticed that the shining gold bowtie on the grille was forcing lots of air away from the radiator. Richard Quinn, one of the Powertrain Cooling Development engineers, decided to take the bowtie off and he cut out the gold insert, leaving just the chrome outline. The results spoke for themselves with a 3-cubic-meter increase in airflow every minute. The net result of that was a 2-degree temperature decrease.

The newly christened Flowtie is now standard on every Z/28. If you have ever hacked at your car with a grinder, you are now justified.

If that wasn’t enough proof that Chevy believes the Z/28 is a true track machine, think about this. General Motors will provide you full warranty service even if you cane your Camaro at the local track. There are essentially no other manufacturers that will cover your engine explosion in turn 6 at VIR.

It is at this point where I believe GM would “drop the mic” and walk off dramatically.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

I don’t know about you, but this video just blew my mind. If you haven’t watched it already — spoiler alert! — Chevrolet had issues with the new Z/28 braking and cornering so hard, it would literally spin the tires around the rims. Originally, the development team though the rotation was only occurring by a few degrees, but after marking the tire’s location on the wheel, they found it rotated nearly 360 degrees while lapping the test track.

To solve the issue, Chevrolet tried several ways of locking the tire’s bead to the wheel, including coating the inner wheels with abrasive paint. Nothing stopped the problem, so the team took a media blaster to the inside of the wheel. The tiny grains of sand ate away at the smooth surface and created a slightly pitted, coarse surface for the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires to grip. It’s an ingenious solution to a hidden problem that negatively affects lap times and braking performance.

When the top-dog Camaro Z/28 hits dealers this spring, it will arrive with 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque coming from its naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter, LS7 V-8. Through the Camaro ZL1 makes more power at 580 horses and 556 pound-feet, the Z/28 is a faster track car, thanks in large part to its reduction in weight. Heavy use of carbon fiber and lightweight glass, along with a lack of many creature comforts, the Z/28 drops some 300 pounds from the ZL1’s curb weight.

Video and more about the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 after the jump.

We are back! It is episode 2 of the TopSpeed.com Podcast . In this week’s episode we cover a ton of great news. Just like last time, we start out with the Weekly Wheels. Justin talks about the latest Mazda MX-5 Miata , Mark covers the Toyota Tundra , and I talk about why the Lexus ES 350 doesn’t suck.

In the news we talk about the new collection of cars for download in Need for Speed: Rivals and Forza 5 , the BMW i8 and the 2016 Camaro. After a quick tirade about horsepower we get to newer, cheaper Bentleys and we finish things up with the Land Rover Discovery lineup.

After the big news we revisit Geneva again to cover some stuff you guys said we missed.

If you have anything to say about the show, good or bad, please sound off in the comments. We want to get better, and the best way to do that is with your help. What are we doing right, what are we doing wrong, and what aren’t we doing that we should be?

If you want to be featured on the Q&A segment, send us a question to Podcast@Topspeed.com.

Check out the podcast below. See you next week.

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb

Weekly Wheels: Lexus ES 350, Mazda Miata MX-5 PRHT Club, Toyota Tundra

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Note: Current Chevrolet Camaro pictured here.

It might be early, but we’re hearing the first rumblings about a refreshed Chevrolet Camaro set for showrooms in the 2016 model. The reports say the Camaro is destined for an evolutionary update verses an entirely new theme. What will be all new, however, is the Alpha platform underpinning the car.

The Camaro will be sharing that platform with the Cadillac ATS and the recently reworked CTS sedans. Still rear-wheel-drive, the updated platform will allow Chevy to better compete with the independent rear suspension setup underpinning the new 2015 Ford Mustang .

But The General can’t mess too much with success. The current Camaro is already selling like hotcakes to the tune of 80,600 units last year, besting the current-gen Mustang’s 77,200 sales figure and blasting the Dodge Challenger ’s 51,500 units sold. That’s why Chevy’s prodigious performance recipe needs to remain familiar.

"The difference between the existing and redesigned (Camaro) is not drastically different,” an industry insider who’s seen the new car told Edmunds. “It looks like a worked-over current-model Camaro. It is on a different platform, so that is a significant difference, but when they modified it to be on a different platform, the styling did not change that much."

We still expect to see obvious changes to the Camaro’s existing design, both inside and out. Perhaps Chevy will pour money into the cabin in an effort to surpass the new Mustang’s rather luxurious appointments. What’s more, Chevy may decide to offer a forced-induction four-cylinder in response to the Mustang’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. Seems convenient the ATS has a 2.0-liter turbo I-4 mill it could loan out.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.

Source: Edmunds

The day has finally come when Chevrolet is building flying cars. Maybe not quite like George Jetson’s ride, but at least in our eyes, it’s far more exciting. Engineers developing the 2014 Camaro Z/28 programmed in a “flying car” mode into the car’s Performance Traction Management system to compensate for the sudden loss of traction if the car goes airborne over a cresting hill like those found along the 12.9 miles of undulating tarmac at the infamous Nürburgring.

Rather than letting the PTM cut torque to the rear wheels due to a decrease in traction like it normally would, the Z/28’s driver can engage “fly car logic.” The system works by using the ride-height sensors to detect when the suspension is fully decompressed and the tires are no longer in contact with the pavement. When that scenario occurs, the PTM is temporarily disengaged allowing full torque to continue to the wheels. Milliseconds after landing, the system returns to normal and continues to manage the 7.0-liter V-8’s 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque.

Chevy says “flying car logic” gives the Z/28 up to a five-second advantage on the car’s overall lap time around the ‘Ring, which is currently recorded at 7 minutes, 37 seconds.

“Flying car logic” is available in all five PTM modes, but is said to be most effective in Mode 5, the most hard-core track setting. Even without GM’s Magnetic Ride Control, the Z/28 easily outruns the Porsche 911 Carrera S and Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 around the Nürburgring. It also outguns its Camaro ZL1 cousin by a four-second margin.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.


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