The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is intended to be a hardcore, track-ready version of Chevrolet’s muscle car, and if its latest Nürburgring lap time is any indication, it has delivered on this promise. Chevrolet published a video late yesterday of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 putting down a lap time of 7 minutes and 37 seconds, putting it ahead of supercars like the Porsche 911 Carrera S, the Lexus LFA, and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.
The 505 hp Camaro Z/28, which is intended to become the top performance model of the Camaro range when it arrives early next year, was also more than three seconds faster than the 580 hp Camaro ZL1, which managed a lap of 7 minutes 41 seconds in 2011. Chalk this up to the Z/28’s 300 lb weight loss over the ZL1, as well as the numerous performance enhancements like carbon-ceramic brakes, a stiffer suspension, and aerodynamic improvements like a front splitter and rear wing.
What’s more is that the Z/28 encountered some bad weather on the track, with slightly damp conditions and rain near the end of its run. Chevrolet engineers said in a statement that they think the Camaro Z/28 could go as much as six seconds faster on a completely dry run around the Nürburgring.
The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is powered by a naturally aspirated, 7.0-liter, 505 hp V-8 that is essentially the same engine from the previous generation Corvette Z06. This engine mates only with a six-speed manual transmission, and many of the Camaro’s comfort and convenience features are stripped out in the name of performance. The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is expected to cost around $65,000, making it the most expensive model in the Camaro lineup.
Check out the video below to see the Z/28’s impressive lap.