Godzilla. It's a name that strikes fear in the minds and hearts of giant monsters (Mothra!) worldwide, not to mention a number of automobile manufacturers that produce high-performance coupes... including Chevrolet. The Bowtie-cladded company has one rather obvious model that lines up squarely in the sights of the Nissan GT-R, that being the Corvette.

Interestingly, though, Chevy's halo coupe isn't the vehicle the boys from Motor Trend decided to match up at Barber Motorsports Park against the Japanese Godzilla, opting instead for the brand-new Camaro Z/28. A glance at the spec sheet of the Z/28 clears up any consternation regarding MT's choice – more horsepower for the Nissan, more torque for the Chevy and roughly the same weight means they are on pretty equal ground when it comes to what's under the hood.

The rest of the spec sheet looks to tilt the argument in the GT-R's favor (especially considering that MT's test car is a Track Edition model), as it boasts all-wheel-drive traction, a quick-shifting six-speed dual-clutch transmission and a price tag that's about $40,000 higher than that of the Z/28. Oh, and don't forget the GT-R's legendary computer-controlled reflexes. Does any of that matter with a professional race car driver like Randy Pobst behind the wheel? Scroll down and watch the video to find out.


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      Kip
      • 9 Months Ago
      The irony of some of the comments are delicious. Ten or so years ago, the GT-R came out and beat the kings of the hill for considerably less money. The non-GT-R camp talked about how the other cars were better because of pedigree, exclusivity, build quality, and image. The GT-R camp screamed "Look at the numbers!" while the non-GT-R camp talked about pedigree, exclusivity, build quality, and image. Now here's a Chevy that beat the GT-R for considerably less money. As the Z28 camp screams "Look at the numbers!", the GT-R camp is talking about pedigree, exclusivity, build quality, and image.
        Bavarian818
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Kip
        Well said!!!
          Quantum Flux
          • 2 Months Ago
          @Bavarian818

          Except that.... this is complete BS?  Look at ONE number.  The ONE laptime.  Look this is an amazing Camaro without a doubt.  I don't think it's even a great buy because if I'm going Chevy I'll take a "slower" Vette all day long.

          But how did *one* result at *one* track somehow turn the GTR on its head?

          When the GTR debuted it was, and still is, beating *every* competitor in *all* conditions.

          This Camaro is slower to 60, slower in the 1/4 and has turned a Nurburgring time >10 seconds< slower.

          This isnt *remotely* a case of sour grapes over a clear defeat.  It's fanbois (of Camaro in this case) blowing a SINGLE result obnoxiously out of proportion and then other fanbois (of the GTR) overreacting to it.

      Bryan Martorana
      • 9 Months Ago
      Even if you are not a Chevrolet person, you have to be impressed with this car. The fact that it kept up with, and even slightly edged out the GT-R, with a manual transmission, costing $40,000 less? That's pretty damn impressive. All I can say is watch out mustang.
      Ryan
      • 9 Months Ago
      Her comes the soar losers who hate to see anything from America compete with the best and even beat the best. I can't imagine being an American and wanting to see our own vehicles lose to the competition every single time.
      Corey Anderson
      • 9 Months Ago
      It's painful to read some of these comments because of the ignorance. Just because the GT-R is faster on the Nur doesn't mean it's faster on every track. This track was likely a lot more corners than straights which gave the z/28 an advantage because of better brakes, grip, and cornering. To people complaining about the GT-R being an old platform, so if the camaro. They released in in 2009 and 2010. Both are due for 2016 redesigns. To people talking about tires, they ran the cars with what they come from the factory with, get over it. GT-R fans get so butthurt when anyone says a certain car is better. The car is amazing, without a doubt, but it isn't unbeatable. No car is, get over that s$&@!
      Muttons
      • 9 Months Ago
      Very impressive. They've tuned that Camaro to the max. Can't wait to see what the Corvette ZO6 can do. It'll be tuned to the max as well, but starting at a much higher performance point. For that matter I can't wait for the next top shelf mustang either. If the GT alone can lap as fast as a boss, then things could get very interesting.
        Log Cabin
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Muttons
        Ah did you know the 2015 Mustang GT with its IRS already laps faster than the Boss 302 Laguna Seca with trac key.... Damn you Ford.
      MechE
      • 9 Months Ago
      Camaro sounds like fun
      leo
      • 9 Months Ago
      tthe biggest issue with the camero to me is the windows being so small they don't give you confidence to attack the track.. I am not sure why some here are complaining/unfair... about the gtr loosing, but it started this game of the 'giant slayer' and Chevy has come with it's own masterpiece for similar money of the initial gtr pricing RWD, manual, V8 and awesome handling ... i have not warmed up to the styling and interior of the Camaro, but monster performance wins me everytime
        Chris O.
        • 9 Months Ago
        @leo
        I go to the track regularly, and I can say that the windows aren't really that much of a limiting factor. When fully geared up your visibility is pretty significantly affected anyway. However, when you're on a track there are only a certain number of places that cars can come from (unlike the street), so it's not that bad. I've not driven a Camaro on the track, but I have been in one before... I'd say the most glaring problem with driving one on the track would be massive A pillar. It doesn't appear that large at first glance, but it's so thick in all dimensions that it's difficult to track an object past. The rest of the blind spots you can just work around with mirrors (like a multi-panel or convex wide angle setup - which you really shouldn't race without).
          Chris O.
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Chris O.
          I feel your pain. I have a G8 GXP with the same Zeta chassis, though I don't think it hurts the visibility as much as it does in the Camaro (hard to say, didn't drive them back-to-back). I don't track it, but the A-pillar drives me nuts on it, too.
          leo
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Chris O.
          Yes, i second your track remarks.. i have driven one, the standard one of course, but the visibility on the street is terrible. the a-pillar had me leaning forward during left turns as it is right on your sight line. it's pretty annoying on a daily basis
      PTC DAWG
      • 9 Months Ago
      This car rocks my face.
      GRR
      • 9 Months Ago
      The Nurburgring lap times are, GTR = 7:19.1 (Nismo = 7:08.6), and the Z28 = 7:37.4. So NO, the Camaro is not faster then a GTR on a track or anywhere, nor is it a better sports car, specially when the Z28 accelerated devastatingly slower, braked in a longer distance then the GTR, according to Motor Trend's own tests at the figure eight the Z28 does it in 23.6 at .84g while the GTR did it in 23.0 at .93g. And all that with the Camaro on track tires compared to the GTR's street tires, and yet even with the advantage it has in tires the Z28 (according to this video) only managed a lap difference of just 00.28 of a second over the GTR, thats just a discrepancy and more like a tie, but they call this a win? the better car??... This video was pretty lame and obviously biased. Like always american publications praise american cars and make ignorant people believe they have the BEST cars out there, meanwhile journalist and drivers all over the world tend to think otherwise.
        ponycargt
        • 9 Months Ago
        @GRR
        You make a good point about the GTR probably being faster than the Z28 with the same tires, BUT your argument about this test being biased is just a silly conspiracy theory. Since when did American car magazines show a bias for American cars? They all seem to worship BMW and Honda (and for good reasons). How many American cars do see on the Car and Driver 10 best list each year? You may not agree with the article but give the Z28 at least a little credit.
          gtr beast
          • 2 Months Ago
          @ponycargt

          bull shit, this is biased, gtr will always be better than camaro, gtr is 1 of the fastest cars over tested at the nurboring, and remember, each gtr is hand made, so each engine is different, some have been reported to have 497 hp, to 536 hp, dare you to get another gtr and a different DRIVER, it all comes down to the damn DRIVER everybody knows that.


          GRR
          • 9 Months Ago
          @ponycargt
          You may have not notice but reading reviews from different magazines it is evident that many times american publications leave out some details that might give a negative perception of american cars and usually focus or emphasize their good things. This was even more drastic before the internet, when Road & Track, MT, C&D, etc. where the only magazines americans read and everybody thought the Corvette was such a great sports car with excellent quality and that (like this Camaro) it stack up against the best in the world. Naturally when access to foreign publications was available all americans were in SHOCK! to discover their C4 and C5 Vettes were horrible sports cars, had terrible quality and were just a disaster at handling. That was all the fault of this magazines. Now there are some good un-biased new american publications about cars, but this old ones usually still do stuff like this video, which is very evident now that we have more access to information through the internet
          GRR
          • 9 Months Ago
          @ponycargt
          You may have not notice but reading reviews from different magazines it is evident that many times american publications leave out some details that might give a negative perception of american cars and usually focus or emphasize their good things. This was even more drastic before the internet, when Road & Track, MT, C&D, etc. where the only magazines americans read and everybody thought the Corvette was such a great sports car with excellent quality and that (like this Camaro) it stack up against the best in the world. Naturally when access to foreign publications was available all americans were in SHOCK! to discover their C4 and C5 Vettes were horrible sports cars, had terrible quality and were just a disaster at handling. That was all the fault of this magazines. Now there are some good un-biased new american publications about cars, but this old ones usually still do stuff like this video, which is very evident now that we have more access to information through the internet
        kmdk78
        • 9 Months Ago
        @GRR
        They are not comparable cars so enjoy the video for what it is, entertainment.
        Tom
        • 9 Months Ago
        @GRR
        Just a reminder. The GTRs ring time was done by a ringer. Not a stock GTR. Nissan has even confirmed this.
          GRR
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Tom
          That might be with the Nismo which doesn't even matter because Im quoting the normal GTR time of 7:19, the Nismo time is in parenthesis as a reference, the normal GTR is more then 18 sec faster then the Z28.
          chanonissan
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Tom
          @ Tom, i must clarify, what nissan was talking about was not the powertrain but the carbon fiber work on the car, all engine Hp and torque are the same as the ringer
          chanonissan
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Tom
          The other GTRs are stock, Only the NISMO GTR was a ringer, but not exactly, it all depending on the market, the USA version will be tune down due to regulation, the japan version is similar to the track car. And as you can see from the AB visit the only difference was a rear wing, which nissan said they will put on when it goes on sale. Nissan also brought the actual 'Ring-running car to the event and you'll notice that it has a different rear wing than the two show cars. We were told that the wing on the time-setting car would be available on the car that goes on sale, Nissan intending to keep its "production car" promise. http://www.autoblog.com/2013/11/19/2015-nissan-gt-r-nismo-live-pics/
        Cesar Garcia Jr
        • 9 Months Ago
        @GRR
        Sounds like someone got butt hurt that the GTR was compared to a Camaro. Yeah it was biased, but so is Top Gear, live with it. If I had a choice I'd take the GTR, but the Camaro can go toe to toe with the best.
        normc32
        • 9 Months Ago
        @GRR
        It is all about temperature as the Polar Vortex was even felt further south than Alabama. The ceramic brakes won't give short stop distances when cold, nor will the tires. But warm things and the GT-R won't have a chance.
        Dave
        • 9 Months Ago
        @GRR
        The Z28 ring time was on a wet track...
      Bernard
      • 9 Months Ago
      As cool as that is, I still want the Z06 more. I can't wait to see how that performs.
      Gorgenapper
      • 9 Months Ago
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      thenewrick
      • 9 Months Ago
      So the GT-R is faster off the line, faster in all weather and road conditions, brakes faster and has creature comforts like a sound system. I like that the Camaro can hang in some regards but I wouldn't say the Camaro is a better car. I think Camaro tried to do one singular thing and make a track car and they did well but the GT-R is better in all other driving conditions which is 99.99% of driving.
        Sir Duke
        • 9 Months Ago
        @thenewrick
        I bet you pick teams by the color of the uniforms. I like the GT-R, it is the faster car in a straight line and in the wet. The Z28 is the better track car.
          Jonathan
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Sir Duke
          I actually don't have a preference for either car, but I will play devil's advocate and say that the color of uniforms do matter (look it up). The Z28 sounds great; but it *should* rightly be quicker than the GT-R since it is a dedicated, engineered track car. The GT-R is a supercar that you can live with, but you probably wouldn't want to drive the Z28 around what with no A/C, one speaker, and limited sound deadening.
        Andre Neves
        • 9 Months Ago
        @thenewrick
        F A N B O Y
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