Which is the ultimate Camaro the 2014 Z/28 or the mighty ZL 1
With the new 2014 Camaro Z/28 introduced yesterday, the COPO Camaro, the track value package 1LE, enough convertibles to start its own cruise night, and the mighty ZL 1, one thing is for certain, this is the best time in history to be a Camaro fan. When the new Z/28 hit the podium yesterday in New York it threw down the challenge to the incredible ZL 1. Which is the ultimate Camaro for both road and track? We know the answer because we are writing the tale, but we will give you this surprise now. The deciding factor won’t be the engine.
Before we begin we should explain something in case there are any readers out there who think since all Camaros look alike they all act alike. At a track day this year we were able to sample the Camaro SS and the ZL 1 back to back. From 20 feet they look so similar we didn’t know which one we were approaching. However, just as the Batman Movie’s Catwoman Lee Meriwether looked pretty much like TV show Catwoman Julie Newmar, Camaros can look alike, but purr very differently.*
New 2014 Camaro Z/28
For me the new 2014 Z/28 brings back memories of Camaros everyone knew were the baddest pony cars in the land. The screaming chicken hood Trans Ams were for the gold chain guys in silk shirts with Bee Gees on the FM. The Mustang was off and on awesome or ridiculous during the ‘70s and ‘80s, but Chevy was always pretty smart with the Z/28 label. My recollection of the 1970s and 1980s is foggy, but the Z/28 was the ultimate Camaro. Yes, we did have the IROC-Z years, but those always seemed like caveman cars compared to the Z/28s that came before and after those years. Inelegant, and done more for style than with a performance purpose. The new Z/28 is back and Chevy this time tells us that its goal is to be the best track Z/28 ever. Setting aside the question of why anyone would start with a Camaro for their track day car, let’s give Chevy the benefit of the doubt, but take a close look at what makes the Z/28 special while comparing those elements to the standing champion of the Camaro world, the ZL 1.