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2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 vs 1968 Chevy Camaro Z/28

The all-new Camaro Z/28 continues the legacy, true to form

It’s clear the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 lives up to its name after watching it dominate at the Nürburgring Track this month. The legacy of the Z/28 brand continues to be a staple of American innovation; a 2-door, 4-seater that has lots of horsepower, and few frills. With the return of the Z/28 option marking the redesign of the fifth-gen Camaro, we’ve decided to take a look back at the 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and what the package had to offer.

In 1968, the Chevrolet Camaro offered a Sport Coupe package known as the RPO Z28. Included in the package was a big-bore, short-stroked 302ci small-block that produced a paltry 290hp. A standard, 4-speed transmission harnessed the horses and sent the power to 3.73:1 gears out back. A heavy-duty suspension with multi-leaf in the rear and shock absorbers helped smooth out the ride. Meanwhile, 15x6-inch wheels kept the car planted to the pavement. Other options were available, like positraction for $42.15 and a quick, 17.9:1 steering ratio for $15.80. Standard with the 1968 Chevrolet Z/28 were power front disc brakes and the 4-speed transmission. Distinguishing the Z/28 from other options were a rear spoiler and dual racing stripes.

In a press release, Chevy called the Z/28 “well behaved in ordinary traffic,” expanding on its smooth, comfortable, and maneuverable ride. The car was called “handsome” and “determined” with its bold racing stripes. The 1968 model Z/28 was what Mark Donohue drove to win two TRAN-AM events. An FIA Class 2 racecar, the 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 was not meant for anyone looking for a family car.

A stark contrast from the 1968 model, the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 has certainly stayed true to form with power and handling. The Z/28 that was announced in March is equipped with a high-revving naturally-aspirated LS7 427ci small-block pumping out 505hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, certainly more power than you’ll need to carry kids to a soccer game. With increased grip on the road due to extensive chassis revisions; increased braking due to Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes; and overall lighter curb weight, thanks to lightweight wheels and thinner rear-window glass – the 2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28 is clearly a track oriented vehicle, similar to that of the 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

"As the ultimate track-capable Camaro, this car restores the mission of the original Z/28," Mark Reuss, President of GM North America, said. "The build sheet is the wish list of any racer: lightweight, high-revving, dry-sump LS7 engine; carbon-ceramic brakes; integrated coolers for track use; true aerodynamic down-force, and a significant reduction in curb weight. This car could only be called the Z/28."

We are pleased to see Chevrolet reviving the coveted Z/28 nameplate option once again. Bringing serious horsepower to a light and nimble vehicle is the premise of the road and track-ready Camaro Z/28 legacy. This all-new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro is sure to bring excitement back into the muscle car fan base. The heritage of the Camaro on the race track is about to be back with this faster, lighter, and more efficient fifth-gen Camaro. We can’t wait to see the Z/28 on the streets, expect it to hit sales floors in late 2013.

Here is a comparison between the old and the new Z/28, check-out the stark contrast:

1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

  • Naturally aspirated 302ci small-block, officially rated at 290 hp
  • Cast iron cylinder block and cylinder heads
  • Aluminum intake manifold with 800 cfm, 4-barrel carburetor
  • Special camshaft and mechanical lifters with 11.0:1 compression
  • High capacity oil pump
  • Heavy-duty suspension with front and rear springs, multi-leaf in rear
  • An even faster steering option (24.4:1) was available over the base option (17.9:1)
  • 15x6-inch front/rear wheels with power front disc brakes
  • Special rally striping on hood (dual racing stripes)
  • 4-speed transmission with 3.73:1 gears (Positraction was available and mandatory when 4.10, 4.56, or 4.88:1 gears were ordered)

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

  • Naturally aspirated 427ci LS7, officially rated at 505 hp
  • Aluminum engine block and CNC-ported aluminum cylinder heads with Titanium intake valves and connecting rods, and sodium-filled exhaust valves
  • Composite intake manifold with electronic fuel injection
  • High-lift camshaft with Forged-steel crankshaft with 11.0:1 compression
  • 10.5-quart, dry-sump oiling system
  • Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve suspension (DSSV) instead of the ZL1’s Magentic Ride Control
  • Stiffer spring rates and suspension bushings for improved cornering response
  • 19-inch front/rear wheels with Brembo 6-piston caliper brakes
  • Red Hot, Black, Summit White, Silver Ice and Ashen Gray exterior colors with updated Z/28 badging
  • Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission

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71 comments
Eric Lundberg
Eric Lundberg

if the price is not as high as obama care and is made in America... then it would be cool

Terry Hartley
Terry Hartley

No contest there the 68 by far the sweeter car plus do you really want a Chinese Camaro? American muscle should stay American !!

Ryan J. Williams
Ryan J. Williams

The Camaro gets a new chassis next year If you don't like it, wait for the lightweight one There's a reason I drive a C5Z06 rather than a 1LE But I can still give credit for the success of the Z28 and ZL1

Billy LaDeaux
Billy LaDeaux

Please retire the camaro-only insulting it by making it uglier every year! Camaro lost their true looks after '81

Billy LaDeaux
Billy LaDeaux

And don't forget winner of the ugliest modern muscle car too!

Brandan Eakright
Brandan Eakright

The new camaro's are junk I'd actually take a mustang over it and I'm not a ford guy at all

Mabius Drakkan
Mabius Drakkan

I had a '69 - had to sell cos I thought I was relocating and everything fell through - sadly my classic was gone, I need another - soon

Travis Womack
Travis Womack

It's gonna be looking at tail lights. The Shelby is a beast. 505 is not nearly enough

Dwayne Mcmillian
Dwayne Mcmillian

The winner would be the person walking passed the GT500 and sliding into the seat of the z/28.

Donovan Adams
Donovan Adams

There is to a gas tax on that boat anchor triton. Spare me the B.S....thanks....bowtie is king. All day long.

Jaycee Adam
Jaycee Adam

They NEED to put in the Exclusive 572/620 Hp into the Camaro for a potent SS or COPO 572. come on DO IT.

Scott England
Scott England

That crappy looking car is an insult to the 67-69 camaros just as the new charger is to the legend of the 68-70 chargers

Adam Milson
Adam Milson

Lmao at all you chebby lovers... Who just won the ENGINE MASTERS CHALLENGE with a ford modular motor... John kaase that's who... Pretty sure the LS pos gets dominated every year.... Bahahahaha

Pedro Perez
Pedro Perez

Hey Al maybe you don't know this but zr1 is in a different category. It's a 2 seater, smaller built for mainly one purpose but at least it's good that you recognize the gt500 piece of crap comes close to the zr1 piece of crap. Yeah don't care for either one myself it's just funny to me how fanboys behave to these comparisons.

Louie Samoy
Louie Samoy

I prefer the old school 1 it don't need 2 b smogged

Lock N Load
Lock N Load

Your Shelby's engine would quit if it thought it heard a Z28 coming! Or if it thought you were going to pass a Z28 somewhere! LNL.

Tom Erik Brauer
Tom Erik Brauer

No way the GT500 can keep up with the z28 on the ring. Forget it. The z28 is way way way better.

David J Miller
David J Miller

like the difference between a good looking young girl and the middle aged lady she becomes she might know more tricks but still she's lost her good looks and put on pounds

Jesse Rowland
Jesse Rowland

you'll make up for gas with tires. those Shelby's are nuts, ALOT of power for that car. plus to get the "fuel economy" the gears are so damned long it wouldnt be much fun around twisties.

Eric Haley
Eric Haley

It all depends. Remember the ZL1 from slp? It has a blown 7.0 litre and any punk driving a new GT500 dont want any of that car, because the slp zl1 will crush that shelby.strap a 2300 tvs on the Z28, and it's by by GT500

Chad Kollars
Chad Kollars

That like saying how does the new stealth fighter compare to a P51.

Mark Sobolewski
Mark Sobolewski

This just my opinion but, I think the '14 Z/28 looks cartoonish. Almost boy racer like. I'm sure it hauls the mail and turns and stops but, for any car north of $60 G it should look grown up doing it.

Al Reinke
Al Reinke

Funny that most people think the gt500 is such a badass when in reality its a heavy peice of crap with absolutely terrible brakes. Maybe its quicker than the z/28 but maybe u should also compare it to GMs top of the line car. The ZR1... The fact is, the gt500 doesnt come close to comparing to the C6Z let alone the ZR1. I Would love to see a gt500 and a C6z on road america together for 10 laps.

Nathaniel Green
Nathaniel Green

Camaro is underpowered. Gt500 is much faster. Better look for aftermarket to get a fair fight.gm obviously doesnt want one.

Vinnie Pia
Vinnie Pia

Integra inspired taillights!..Haha

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