OSHAWA, Ont.—The lightning-fast 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 will have a Canadian sticker price of $77,400 when it arrives at dealerships across the country this spring, the automaker announced.
A throwback to the muscle cars of old, the Z/28 is a beast on the track—but is a Camaro worth spending north of $75,000 on?
To put it into perspective, the all-new Corvette Stingray, decked out in all the creature comforts one would want in a wine country cruiser—including heated and vented seats, a Bose 10-speaker sound system and an integrated navigation system, to name a few—is priced at about $65,000.
That’s more than $12,000 less than the Z/28, or about enough to buy your kid a base model Chevy Spark to keep them away from your Stingray.
But the Camaro Z/28 is about much more than how it compares to its big brother.
It’s an enthusiast’s dream come true; a car that’s meant to be driven one way, and one way only: Fast.
That makes it faster around the near 21-kilometre track than the posted times of the Porsche 911 Carrera S and Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.
The former comes in with an MSRP of $113,000, while you can pick up the latter for about $270,000—used.
The point is, the Camaro Z/28 is a bare bones driver’s car.
It’s a no frills, street legal race car that isn’t meant to be driven from one winery to the next.
No, it’s meant to be a ruthless racer with little optional equipment, and not much standard, either.
Automatic transmission? Think again.
Air conditioning? Not to be found on the standard equipment list (rest assured, it is available).
From the 7.0-litre LS7 engine that puts out a whopping 505-horsepower and 481 lb.-ft. of torque to the race-proven aerodynamics and dampers, the Z/28 is a stripped-down-yet-kitted-out race car that will get you to the track and back in the most fun way possible.
Is $77,000 a lot for a Camaro?
But this isn’t any old Camaro.