Chevy put on a show in New York, giving the public an expected debut, highlighted by an exciting surprise.

Everyone was anticipating the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, what wasn’t expected was the premier of the track-ready 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

The street-legal Chevrolet Camaro Z28 is built for racing, and Chevy says the new model will trim 3 seconds of lap time.

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28: A Street Legal Racecar

From the outside, the Camaro Z28 looks very similar to the older models, with subtle changes to the body to increase racing performance and decrease curb weight.

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The Chevy Camaro Z28 at the New York Auto Show

Under the hood, the track-focused Camaro gets a powerful 7.0L V8, which will give the car at least 500 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.

Informed Camaro fans might be saying “wait a minute; the current Camaro ZL1 gets 580 hp! What’s so special about a car that gets 80 hp less than the current leader?”

The answer: weight reduction.Chevrolet-Camaro_Z28_2014_1024x768_wallpaper_01

Curb weight will be down 300 lbs. compared to the ZL1, making the Camaro Z28 lighter on its wheels and more capable of handling acceleration, braking, and maneuvering.

If the 2013 Camaro ZL1 is the Hulk, the 2014 Camaro Z/28 is more like Spiderman.

The engineers at Chevrolet made many small reductions to the Camaro in order to achieve the weight loss.

Rear glass: thinner. Trunk carpet and insulation: gone. Air conditioning: optional. Speakers: all but one removed. (Chevy wanted to remove all the speakers but kept one for the seatbelt chime)

“If you want a street-legal track car, and I know not everyone does, this car is for you. Several of our engineers have described the grip as nothing short of incredible.” –Mark Ruess, GM North America President

The Camaro Z/28 will feature advanced technology made specifically for track use:

  • Differential cooler
  • Transmission cooler
  • Brake coolers
  • Carbon-ceramic brakes

Chevrolet’s Racing Tradition Continues

Chevy is the winningest brand in motor sports and the bestselling performance brand in America. One out of every four performance cars sold last year was a Chevrolet, led by the Chevy Camaro, which was the best-selling performance car in the United States during 2012.

Last year, Chevy was the most successful manufacturer in NASCAR, Indy Car, and American Le Mans and won the first races this year in those three leagues.

Take a look at the 2014 Chevy Camaro Debut:

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