The 2014 Camaro Z/28 was built from the ground up to be an absolute weapon on the track. Packing a hand-assembled 7.0 liter LS7 V8, sticky Pirelli Trofeo R tires that are 305-wide in all corners and huge Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, it was obvious the Camaro Z/28 had all the right hardware to battle with the best Europe – or anyone else, could throw at it.
Still, the Z/28’s Nürburgring time of a staggering 7:37.4 left us dumbfounded. It was faster than a Lamborghini Murcielago, Porsche 911 Carrera S, Lexus LFA and Ferrari F430 Scuderia, to name a few. We were even more surprised when we saw the lap was done partially in the rain, raising speculation Chevrolet could potentially wring a few more seconds out of the z/28.
Recently Chief Design Engineer for the Camaro, Al Oppenheiser, confirmed the rumors that the car could complete the ‘Ring a little faster to Wards Automotive. According to Al-O, the Camaro did a time of 7:31.9 on a dry lap, but doesn’t consider it official because the cameras weren’t rolling. This would place the Z/28 into serious performance territory, on par with the Ferrari 458 Italia and Porsche 911 GT2.
We have a feeling this track-oriented muscle car game is just heating up. Your move, Ford.