If you didn’t think GM was going to take the all-new, 2014 Camaro Z28 to Germany’s Nurburgring test track, well you haven’t paying attention to GM lately. Lighter, meaner, and more powerful than the standard Camaro SS, the Z28 is born and bred for track racing, and at a track with the nickname “Green Hell”, the Camaro Z28 is right at home.
With all the experience GM has gleaned from the Nurburgring with vehicles like the Cadillac ATS and 2014 Corvette Stingray, the Camaro Z28 already had a lot of data to work with. So we’re not the least bit surprised that the Z28 turned in an incredible lap time of 7 minutes and 37.4 seconds, faster than cars like the Porsche Carrera S and Lamborghini Murcielago, exotics that cost exponentially more than the Camaro.
Packing the last-generation Corvette’s 505 horsepower 7.0 liter LS7 engine, the 2014 Camaro Z28 is all about corner carving and track days. It’s been lightened by some 300 pounds by eliminating every unnecessary bit, and the Z28 boasts features like Magnetic Ride Control that help stick the car to the pavement in hard corners.
All these features plus a whole lot more help the Z28 navigate the Green Hell’s 14-ish miles, and judging from similar times in other vehicles, there might be a little be left in the tank too. Regardless, GM seems to have thoroughly vetted the new Z28, and if it can handle the Nurburgring, we’re sure it won’t have any trouble with America’s highways and back roads.
If you are impressed with the new Z28, check out our review of the all-new 2014 musclecar here:www.chevyhardcore.com/features/car-features/z28-preview-the-ultimate-track-camaro/