The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 showed what it is capable of at the Nurburging. The Z/28 clocked its fastest lap around the German course at 7:37.40, beating records set by the Porsche 911, Porsche Carrera S, and Lamborghini Murcielago LP640. And the fastest lap could have been better if not for the damp pavement and rain near the end of the run.
The new Z/28 is a performance version of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, along with the supercharged ZL1. It is powered by the naturally-aspirated 7-liter LS7 V8 engine that uses materials like titanium, aluminium, and forged steel for lightweight, high-performance capabilities. The plant powering the Z/28 has an output of 507 PS and 652 Nm. It comes with a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission only, and transmits the power to the rear wheels through a limited-slip differential with a helical gear set.
The Z/28’s performance at Nurburging is also credited to other aspects of the car’s design: the comprehensive chassis revisions increases the grip to 1.08 g; the Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes providing a consistent brake feel and capable of 1.5 g in deceleration; and the reduced curb weight that makes the Z/28 136 kg lighter than the ZL1.
The tests continued with the 24-Hour Test, of which the Z/28 also passed. It logged in a total of 10 hours and about 1,600 km on the track. The 24-Hour Test simulates one whole year of track use and similar competitions.
The Z/28 has been on and off the Camaro line-up since its introduction as a performance package in 1967. With its return this year as the 2014 Camaro Z/28, it may be another sign that Chevrolet wants to reaffirm its place among performance cars.