World War Z/28: Chevrolet’s New Hardcore Camaro Sets a Staggering Time at the Nürburgring [Video]
Historically speaking,American muscle carshaven’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, withGM,FordandChryslereach buildingV8,rear-drive super coupesthat turn as well as they burn (rubber, that is).
And nowhere is this balanced approach more evident than in the2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. Recently,Chevrolettook the latest addition to theGen 5Camarofamily to Germany’s fearsomeNürburgring Nordschleifeto set a lap time.Seven minutes and 37.47 secondsafter starting one lap, the Z/28 – with its bellowing7.0L 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 theLexus LFA,Ferrari F430 Scuderia,Lamborghini Murcielago LP640andMercedes-Benz SLS AMG. And were it not for that sudden cloudburst toward the end of the lap, it could have goneeven faster. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!