2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Laps Nurburgring Quicker Than ZL1
- The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 lapped the Nurburgring road course in a time of 7:37.40.
- The 2014 Camaro Z/28 goes on sale in the first quarter of next year.
- Camaro Z/28 pricing will be north of the ZL1 model, a Chevrolet spokesman told Edmunds on Tuesday.
NURBURG, Germany — Chevrolet has released a video showing its 2014 Camaro Z/28 lapping the Nurburgring road course in a time of 7:37.40.
As expected, that time is four seconds faster than the domestic automaker's 2011 run in the Camaro ZL1, and the company points out that it is also faster than published times for the Porsche 911 Carrera S and Lamborghini Murcielago LP640. The range-topping pony car managed that time on less-than-ideal track conditions with damp pavement and pouring rain at the end of the lap.
"One of the challenges of testing at the 'Ring is that the track is so long that conditions can change radically in a single lap," said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, in a statement. "Adam Dean, the development driver for Z/28, did a heroic job driving in deteriorating conditions. Based on telemetry data from our test sessions, we know the Z/28 can be as much as six seconds faster on a dry track."
The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is powered by a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter LS7 V8 engine that packs 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque under the hood. A close-ratio six-speed manual sends power to the rear wheels through a limited-slip differential. As with the original Z/28, air-conditioning will only be available as an option.
The Z/28 weighs 300 pounds less than the supercharged ZL1 and features carbon brakes, aerodynamic improvements and a stiff suspension setup. GM spent a week in Germany as part of the vehicle's performance-validation regimen, accumulating 10 hours and almost 1,000 miles on the track.
GM told Edmunds that Z/28 pricing will be north of the ZL1 model, which starts at $56,050 including a $995 destination charge.
"We will announce pricing likely in early 2014, as the Z/28 goes on sale in the first quarter of next year," said Monte Doran, a Chevrolet spokesman, in response to an e-mailed query on Tuesday.
Edmunds says: The 2014 Camaro Z/28 shines, even in adverse testing conditions.