As we just learned in our Deep Dive of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Chevy built this car with the track-focused Porsche 911 GT3 and Nissan GT-R owners in mind, but that doesn't mean the Camaro-Mustang rivalry is dead. Using the same Z/28 that just set a 7:37 lap time at the Nürburgring, Chevy brought the hi-po coupe back to its super-secret, Milford Road Course to put it head-to-head against what it considers the ultimate track-ready Mustang, the Boss 302 Laguna Seca – and it was all caught on video.

While the Shelby GT500 is obviously a more powerful Mustang than the now-deceased Boss, Chevy found that the Boss 302 Laguna Seca actually performed better around the 2.9-mile MRC track. As Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser tells it, the Z/28's carbon ceramic brakes allows for deeper, faster corner entry, while the wider, stickier tires gives the car better peak lateral Gs. That still doesn't even factor in the F1-type dynamic damper system or the 505-horsepower, 7.0-liter V8 under the hood.

Released by Chevy, you've probably already guessed that the Z/28 comes out on top, but check out the video – posted below – for yourself to see how the new ultimate Camaro stacks up against the Mustang's "fastest track car."


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      Frisky_Dingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love the Z28 and all, but who didn't see this coming?? Just look at the price and power difference.
      Skicat
      • 1 Year Ago
      There has never been a better time to own either and the next-gen Mustang will up the ante. Heckuva time to be a car fan.
        Nick B
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Skicat
        Thats what im saying. Whether your thing is domestic muscle, European performance or Japanese speed now is a GREAT time to be a car enthusiast.
      PhantomMs1
      • 1 Year Ago
      lap times: 2009 911 GT3: 7:40:00 2014 Z/28 : 7:37:47 2009 GTR Spec-V: 7:34:46 now those are two older vehicles and the newer counterparts have been proven faster around the ring but when they said "aiming for GT3's and GTR's" they are not too far off, most of those people who will take this car to the track, it will be the driver NOT the car as the deciding factor as whom will post better lap times. I for one think this is a great looking car
        RodRAEG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @PhantomMs1
        Not to mention, the Z/28's time was in the wet in some sections, which says a lot when you're running on 305's at all four corners shod with gum rubber.
      H2H
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM is always very keen on comparing their newest, unreleased, cars against products rivals have already retired or changed. In this newest example, cars that are, in reality, 2+ model years apart. It seems they very carefully choose release dates for their cars and trucks as to make these comparisons.
      Robert
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess Ford should do the same comparison at their test track.
      Making11s
      • 1 Year Ago
      These are impressive numbers for any car, but this isn't at all unexpected. Chevy has had two years to benchmark the Mustang, and the 302 Laguna Seca is already dead without ever getting an update.
        JayP
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Making11s
        A case can be made that the Boss made Chevy hang onto the Z28 tag rather than to put it on the ZL1.
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a mustang lover, I like what the competition is bringing to the table. Ford is aware of Chevy and I am sure the upcoming 2015 models will not disappoint. A 5.0 with less weight, IRS and at least 500 ponies will sure keep things interested, I heard a twin turbo cobra is also in the works in the near future. Present time however, that Z28 is a beast at the track that Ford currently doesn't have an answer to but I am sure it will.
      david94sc
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like how Chevy is pitting its 7.0L against Fords 5.0L. Couldn't get the job done with a 6.2L so now it's 7.0L? Nice job Chevy!
      Doug
      • 1 Year Ago
      A more fair comparison would be a 2014 ROUSH RS3 Aluminator and before anyone brings it up ROUSH Stangs are factory Ford warrantied so I consider them a Ford product not aftermarket like Saleen or Lingerfelter.
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lets not argue about which car is the best because the fact is that they both are great. I want to congratulate both GM and Ford for making the Z28 and BOSS 302. I am sick and tired of hearing people (i.e. Jermy Clarkson from Top Gear UK) talking negative things about American cars despite the fact that we CAN make great handling cars, which are much cheaper than European automobiles.
        Andrew Berardinelli
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        Its mostly fluff coming from Clarkson. He wasn't really wrong about 10-15 years ago because comparing the cars in the U.S. to Europe was like night and day. Different driving conditions and road styles helped create that bias. In the more recent years his opinion has changed a bit, but he still rags on the U.S. as his duty. He did buy a Ford GT. But I also am happy that the Z/28 and Boss 302 names came back
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        I have no problem with Clarkson hating on American cars, he's not from here. I mean how many people in the US rag on import cars and refuse to buy them. It's like it's okay to hate on another countries stuff, unless its someone hating on yours. Then it's not.
      Bill
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice to see some track rivalry between Ford and Chevy. Been far too long since the factory American muscle battled it out on the track.
        j.ziraldo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bill
        There will be no battling it out on the track. Ford's cars are designed to compete with BMWs and Porsches in sanctioned races where it has done very well. The Z/28 was designed to "kick the **** out of any Ford", at any price, but not in any sanctioned race series.
      plarson79
      • 1 Year Ago
      The real story for why the Z/28 is so good is because of it's highly advanced suspension and tires. Obviously, having 500HP helps, but when looking at 444 by Ford's 5.0L, I would say Ford has a better engine because it has 17 more HP per liter. But Chevy destroys Ford with it's superior suspension.
        Albert Wong
        • 1 Year Ago
        @plarson79
        The LS7 is a superior engine to the Coyote 5.0L. The LS7 is a pushrod vs Coyote dohc / 4valve. YES The LS7 is 7L vs 5L. YES The LS7 motor is lighter than the Coyote 5.0L motor. YES The LS7 has a lower center of gravity than the Coyote 5.0L. YES Absolutely the z/28 should be a better car than the BOSS302LS, Chevy has had over 2years to develop it! For the all the trolls/haters of the GM small block V8, it is still one of the BEST ENGINES ON THE PLANET!
          Doug
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Albert Wong
          Fords Modular v8 has way more potential than GMs dinosaur engine that can never keep up on top end power that is why GM doesn't make a vehicle capable of going over 200 mph. GM is always copying Ford now with a direct injected TT v6 in cadillac lets see how long before they put that engine in a Silverado.
          Chris O.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Albert Wong
          @Doug ZR1 = 205 MPH
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