The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is peerless in the realm of American muscle. The 505hp beast took down the Shelby GT500 and the Boss 302 Laguna Seca by a considerable margin during testing on GM’s “Lutz-ring” (see chart below), and its Nürburgring times are the stuff of lore – leaving Porsches and Lamborghinis in its dust. But, of course, there are plenty of doubters in the world. And our friends at Super Chevy were happy to bare witness to the Z/28’s incredible capabilities at a test session at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.
Editor Jim Campisano got access to the Z, making hot laps and taking a ride-along with some of the amazing drivers that make up the Camaro’s crew of engineers. Among them: none other than Mark Stielow, who many have credited as the creator of the pro touring movement. Follow the video below and watch Stielow glide the Z around Barber’s 2.38-mile, 17-turn course. For reference, Stevenson Motorsports ran a 1:26.61 last year in the No. 57 Camaro to take the pole in GRAND-AM. However, the No. 9 Camaro went 1:35.59, which was the seventh spot on the grid. And those are fully gutted racecars.
For Super Chevy’s complete story click here. You can also check out Hot Rod and Motor Trend's tests, who were also on the short list to attend the session at Barber. Below are some specs to refresh your memory on the Z/28.
2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
Engine: LS7 7.0L (427cid) V-8
HP: 505hp at 6100rpm
TQ: 481 lb-ft at 4800rpm
Transmission: Tremec TR6060 6-speed manual
Rearend: 3.91:1 gear, HD axles, helical-gear limited-slip, oil cooler
Front Suspension: double-ball-joint, multi-link strut; direct-acting, 25mm solid stabilizer bar; progressive-rate coil springs; inverted monotube shock absorber
Rear Suspension: 4.5-link independent; progressive-rate coil springs over monotube shock absorbers; 26mm solid stabilizer bar
Steering: electric power steering with variable-ratio, variable-effort rack-and-pinion, 16.1:1 ratio, 2.5 turns lock-to-lock
Brakes: Brembo six-piston monobloc front, four-piston rear calipers; carbon ceramic matrix ventilated two-piece 15.5 x 1.4 front, 15.3 x 1.3 rear
Wheels: forged aluminum 19 x 11-inch front, 19 x 11.5 rear
Tires: Pirelli PZero Trofeo R P305/30/ZR19 front, P305/30/ZR19 rear
Fastest Lap Times Around GM Milford Proving Grounds
|Boss 302 Laguna Seca||1.59.05|