Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Crowned Motor Trend 2014 Best Driver's Car
After days of rigorous testing on closed public roads and at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, our friends at Motor Trend have crowned the winner of their 2014 Best Driver's Car Competition, Powered by Mobil 1. The annual award recognizes cars that thrill drivers, excel on track, and satisfy the enthusiasts at Motor Trend. This year, editors voted the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 as the Best Driver's Car.
If you're unfamiliar with the most track-focused version of the Chevrolet Camaro, allow us to refresh your memory. The Z/28 lacks air conditioning, packs extra-wide performance tires, boasts enlarged brakes, and is headlined by a 7.0-liter V-8 engine rated for 505 hp. In Motor Trend testing, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 hit the 60-mph benchmark in 4.0 seconds and cracked the quarter mile in 12.3 seconds at 117.2 mph.
Motor Trend editors, however, weren't only impressed by the car's outright speed. "We were impressed with how incredibly high the car's limits are and how much fun we could have behind the wheel without coming anywhere near them," Motor Trend's Scott Evans wrote. "Most important, you feel the superior engineering in how the car responds to inputs both internal and external. From within, the car reacts immediately and precisely to your commands but doesn't punish you for minor mistakes. From the outside, the Z/28's suspension attacks bumps and dips with an unbridled passion for keeping the tires on the pavement."
At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, professional driver Randy Pobst managed to set a 1:37.82 lap time in the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. That made the car third fastest around the track, trailing only the Porsche 911 Turbo S (1:35.62) and the Nissan GT-R Nismo (1:35.51.) Nonetheless, the Camaro's all-round prowess impressed the Motor Trend judges enough to clinch the top spot in the competition.
Click here to read the full story about Motor Trend's 2014 Best Driver's Car, and to see how the other nine cars ranked in the final results, and scroll down to watch a video about the testing process.
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