In the October issue of Car & Driver, they take some of the world’s best (unmodified) cars in several classes and thrash them around a race track in the Lightning Lap, which somebody uploaded online via VW Vortex. Twenty-five were tested, categorized in multiple price brackets, from $35,000 to $245,000 and above. Two Chevrolets were included in this test: a 2014 Corvette Stingray and a 2014 Camaro Z/28. Care to guess which one turned the fastest time around the 4.1-mile course?
Well, if you read the headline you can probably guess − the 2014 Camaro Z/28. Chevrolet’s dedicated track-car-for-the-street went around the course in 2:50.9 seconds at 86.4 mph with a peak speed of 145.3 mph. The Corvette, in contrast, 2.53:8 seconds at 84.9 mph with a peak speed of 148.1 mph. In fact, when looking back, the Z/28 was actually faster than the 638-hp 2009 Corvette ZR1, and just .2 seconds slower than the 2012 ZR1.
The cars faster than the $75,000 2014 Z/28? The $437,844 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta (.1 second!), a $134,680 SRT Viper TA (1 second), the $151,880 Nissan GT-R Nismo (1.5 seconds), and a $875,175 Porsche 918 Spyder (7.8 seconds). The pricing of which was as-tested. That’s pretty heavy company. But factor in the price index, and, well, come on.
And the Corvette? A Porsche 911 Turbo S was situated between it and the Camaro. But we’re all still keeping in mind that the Stingray represents the base model, while the 911 Turbo S was nearly $200-grand as-tested and the Z/28 is the zenith of the fifth-generation model. A 2015 Corvette Z06 is expected to chew up both like an underwhelming appetizer.
This just goes to show that Chevrolet’s engineers are beyond reproach, especially considering the weight of the Z/28. Can you imagine what they’ll give us for the next-gen Camaros?