Last year, General Motors’ hot performance machine was the C7 Corvette Stingray. The all-new iteration of America’s sportscar was by far and away the most awarded car of 2013, taking home designations that included the North American Car of the Year, Automobile Magazine’s Automobile of the Year and Road and Track’s Performance Car of the Year. One year later, GM’s Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is the talk of the town and will be the only GM product included in this year’s Performance Car of the Year test.
For Performance Car of the Year, R&T gathers a grouping of the year’s best new performance offerings, thrashes them around their Michigan Mile private racetrack and graciously shares with us the results. This year’s list of cars is even more mouth watering than last year’s, including entries like the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, Ferrari 458 Speciale, Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo. That’s some serious company for a Camaro, but we have a feeling the Z/28 will manage just fine.
Where does the confidence come from? Well, the Z/28 mopped up the floor with the 991 Porsche 911 Turbo S, the Audi R8 V10 Plus and Chevrolet’s own Corvette Stingray around Virginia International Raceway in Car and Driver’s recent Lightning Lap test. What’s more, the 740 horsepower Ferrari F12 Berlinetta beat it by only .1 second, and there’s nothing with that much power in R&T’s Performance Car arsenal. There is a Porsche 911 GT3 and GT-R Nismo, though, which will certainly give the 505 horsepower Z/28 a good run for its money.
Were looking forward to R&T’s Performance Car of the Year issue, mostly to see how the Z/28 fares in contrast to the several other track weapons they’ve brought along. Check out the entire list of cars participating in the test here and let us know where you think the Z/28 will fall in the comments below.