Historically speaking, American muscle cars haven’t been known for their handling prowess. Sure, they could rip the face off considerably more exotic machinery at the dragstrip, but when the time came to change to a trajectory other than dead ahead, well, let’s just say the steering wheel and brake pedals behaved more like suggestion boxes than control inputs. Of course, that’s all changed in the last decade or so, with GM, Ford and Chrysler each building V8, rear-drive super coupes that turn as well as they burn (rubber, that is).
And nowhere is this balanced approach more evident than in the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. Recently, Chevrolet took the latest addition to the Gen 5 Camaro family to Germany’s fearsome Nürburgring Nordschleife to set a lap time. Seven minutes and 37.47 seconds after starting one lap, the Z/28 – with its bellowing 7.0L LS7 V8, gooey R-compound tires, cornea-stretching carbon-ceramic brakes, serious suspension and numerous weight-shaving tricks – was back across the line, bettering the claimed lap times for, oh, nothing…just the Lexus LFA, Ferrari F430 Scuderia, Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. And were it not for that sudden cloudburst toward the end of the lap, it could have gone even faster. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!