Regardless of individual sentiments regarding the price tag, it can hardly be argued that the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 isn’t a phenomenal devourer of tracks and destroyer of worlds. Anything that could compare favorably to it would have to be… well…
It would have to be the completely bonkers 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.
In fact, the Corvette Z06 with the Z07 performance package is a full 5 seconds faster around General Motors’ Milford Road Course, at 1 minute, 48 seconds. This is according to Motor Trend, who recently spoke with Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter.
Part of this is no doubt due to the incredible automatic transmission, which shifts faster than a Porsche dual-clutch, and – according to findings from the Z06 engineering team – averages 400 rpm higher per lap than the manual transmission, allowing for the exploitation of more of the LT4’s awesome powerband. And for those less experienced at performance driving, there is an automated “powershift” feature on the car – whether equipped with automatic or manual – to ease wide-open-throttle shifting.
Of course, part of the performance envelopes is also wrapped up in the low center of gravity, which is why the Corvette continues to use a pushrod engine rather than an overhead cam powerplant. And then there’s all the advanced aerodynamic tweaks, the 145 horsepower advantage over the Z/28, the uncompromising stability of the chassis, etc.
The bottom-line is this: in America, the only thing that beats a high-horsepower, GM performance sportscar is another high-horsepower, GM performance sports car. And we’re rather proud of that.