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2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 starts at $75,695

Fri, 03 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800

How badly do you want the baddest Camaro built today? When the Z/28 goes on sale this spring, expect to pay $75,000 for it -- or $75,695 with that pesky destination charge tacked on.

If you remember, the hotly anticipated Z/28 was one of the big stars at the New York auto show this past March. There, then-GM president Mark Reuss announced that the Z/28 would carry the Corvette Z06's LS7 7.0-liter V8, to the tune of 500 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. It also features "race-proven, spool-valve dampers, which allow four-way damping control," a marked change from the magnetic suspension that the Camaro Zl1 carries. To prove how hardcore and race-inspired the Z/28 is, it only comes with one federally mandated speaker, for the door chime--but a $1,150 option will add six speakers, along with air conditioning, proving that even in 2014 there can be a car optioned without the latter. The Z/28 is technically street legal in the same sense that it's technically legal to fire Roman Candles in international waters. Makes just as much noise, too.

Of course, you could buy a ZL1. That Camaro starts at a mere $56,225 with a 6.2-liter supercharged LSA V8 from the Cadillac CTS-V. But then, you'd be 300 pounds heavier in the ZL1 than the Z/28--and we figure that Z/28 buyers will be the sort of track obsessives who will emphasize that their car beat the ZL1 around the N

By Blake Z. Rong