Muscle cars, as their name implies, are historically more about muscle than they are about the performance it brings. 0-60 and quarter-mile times, sure, but not lap records on twisting and turning road courses. But Chevy is out to change all that with the latest Camaro Z/28.

The Bowtie brand has just published in-car video footage of the new Z/28 lapping the Nürburgring, and boy did it hustle: the king of Camaros clocked a lap time of 7:37.47, nearly four seconds faster than the ZL1 managed last year.

To put that into larger context, that makes the new Z/28 faster than the latest Porsche 911 Carrera S, faster than the Lexus LFA, faster than the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, Lamborghini Murcielago, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and SLS AMG. That also makes the new Camaro Z/28 faster around the Nordschleife than any other American metal this side of a Viper or Vette. Now that's some serious muscle indeed. Check out the video below.


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      Groagun
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even if you're not a GM fan, I'm not, or even worse, you're a Ford fan so must hate anything GM, you should enjoy, appreciate and respect what the Z/28 did here. A few things stick out too me: The composure of the suspension was really impressive. The car was very calm and stable in every part of the course. The steering seemed even better calibrated. The drive didn't have to constantly saw at the wheel to keep it going straight. Even better, the steering seemed very controlled and easy to modulate: makes for a confidence inspiring drive and even relaxing. When the car did step out, it seemed very easy to correct. Off the throttle it seemed to want too track straight and minimal steering input seemed needed to correct. Power was delivered in a very linear manner with no abrupt spikes in power delivery. I couldn't tell much about the braking but that may be a good sign in itself, no drama may mean it is sorted properly. Overall this is an extremely impressive showing by GM and should be applauded.
      SCOTTM
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM for whatever reason put the WRONG transmission in this "track" car. If they were smart, they would have went with the ZL1 transmission. That, in conjunction with the 3.91 rear end (or even the 3.73 in the ZL1) would make 5th a real power gear, providing the power to accelerate to 7000 RPM at 174 MPH. That would have knocked off some serious time. There are a number of tracks, here and abroad, which would allow this car to stretch its legs to the top of 5th in my scenario. Sixth would pull much better, too. It's a shame this was overlooked on what is otherwise a well packaged high performance street car. :( Here is a rundown on the gear ratio and speeds using the ZL1 transmission: RPM 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 1000 7 11 15 20 25 32 1500 11 17 23 30 37 47 2000 15 22 31 40 50 63 2500 19 28 38 50 62 79 3000 22 34 46 60 75 95 3500 26 39 54 70 87 111 4000 30 45 61 80 100 127 4500 34 50 69 90 112 142 5000 37 56 77 100 125 158 5500 41 62 84 110 137 174 6000 45 67 92 120 150 190 6500 49 73 100 130 162 206 7000 52 78 107 140 174 222 7500 56 84 115 150 187 237 8000 60 90 123 160 199 253 8500 64 95 130 169 212 269 9000 67 101 138 179 224 285 9500 71 106 146 189 237 301 10000 75 112 153 199 249 316 If GM wanted the better highway fuel economy achieved with the current 6th gear ratio in the Z06 (.50/1), then they could have just requested Tremec to swap 5th (.74) for the ZL1's (.80/1), as the Z/28 uses the Z06 transmission as it is. Problem solved!
        SCOTTM
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SCOTTM
        RPM/MPH 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 1000 7 11 15 20 25 32 1500 11 17 23 30 37 47 2000 15 22 31 40 50 63 2500 19 28 38 50 62 79 3000 22 34 46 60 75 95 3500 26 39 54 70 87 111 4000 30 45 61 80 100 127 4500 34 50 69 90 112 142 5000 37 56 77 100 125 158 5500 41 62 84 110 137 174 6000 45 67 92 120 150 190 6500 49 73 100 130 162 206 7000 52 78 107 140 174 222
      justgoawaymad
      • 1 Year Ago
      WOW that was a fun ride. LOV the video layout with the rpm and mph displayed I saw it tap off of 161.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 1 Year Ago
      impressive - I'm not really a huge fan of the new Camaro, the SS struck me as heavy and wallowy. But that new z/28 looks solid as a rock in this vid. Plus rain on the backside? I was waiting for it to swap ends into the grass. That driver has some serious moxie. Kudos to the folks tuning GM suspensions.
      muspod
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cant wait to rent one!!
        tylermars.design
        • 1 Year Ago
        @muspod
        Trolling on autoblog is pretty original.
          EXP Jawa
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tylermars.design
          I'd be surprised if the Z/28 makes to rental fleets. With the high price and low production numbers, it seems highly unlikely. Except maybe on the Vegas Strip...
          muspod
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tylermars.design
          Sensitive GM boys aren't we??...Not trolling...Just looking forward to renting one..whats the big deal??
          Nemebean
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tylermars.design
          The problem is that 90+% of the comments mentioning rentals are intended negatively. TBH if I hadn't seen the follow ups I would have thought the comment was a shot at Chevy.
      djpatrick35
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm the first to admit that lap times aren't everything, but faster than an LFA?! Damn, that's impressive.
      MTU 5.0
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm a Mustang fan first, but that is damn impressive!
        Muttons
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MTU 5.0
        Me too, and I'm impressed as well. Hoping the 2015 Mustang can respond in kind. One thing is for sure though, they kinda screwed up the refresh. Especially the back end. It wasn't great back there before, but the new one is worse. And for some reason, the low end models have a thin strip of chrome on the top edge of the front fascia. It looks ridiculous.
      11fiveoh
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wish dodge would get competitive in this niche. Challenger is too fat.
        jay4e
        • 1 Year Ago
        @11fiveoh
        the challenger is more of a cruiser than a track car. I do not think it would be possible for it to compete with the z/28 or gt500/boss 302 on the track. maybe in the 1/4 mile if the shoved a massive turbo deisel in there. what it really needs is a drop top and to accept its a great looking cruiser, trying to compete on the track will just fail.
          J W
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jay4e
          It doesn't have to be the Challenger, if they want to resurrect an old nameplate and do it, I'm all for it. They could remove the Dart name from that abomination they call a compact...
      A P
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ohhhh the Euro-lemmings will be PISSSED! How DARE an American car destroy a German cars time on the 'Ring.
      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      In the rain too no less. Very impressive, and great job Chevy.
      Feurig
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is amazing. I'm happy that muscle cars are moving into this direction while still maintaining their muscle car identity of being RWD front-engined V8s at affordable prices. Definitely sticks it to the more expensive performance vehicles.
      Ray Ayala
      • 1 Year Ago
      A+ boys. Good job.
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