And actually it’s even more impressive than that; it did it on a wet track.
While we’re still waiting for the Camaro Z/28’s final details for release next year, Chevy just released a video that will get some of you flying your American flag high again.
Chevy just put the upcoming Camaro Z/28 around the Nurburgring Nordschleife, which we all know as the end-all of sports car testing tracks, and posted a more-than-impressive lap time of 7:37:47. You can watch the run from the driver’s seat below.
What’s that mean?
Well, to put it into perspective, let’s take a look at a few of the cars surrounding that time:
7:34 Koenigsegg CCR
7:34 Nissan GT-R (2011)
7:37 Chevy Camaro Z/28
7:38 Lexus LFA
7:38 Chevy Corvette ZR1
7:38 Ferrari 458 Italia
7:40 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
And again…the track was wet.
For a car that’s been criticized for being bulky, wobbly, and overweight, you can’t argue with those results from the new variation.
The 2014 Z/28 sports 505 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque via its 7.0-liter LS7 V8, and includes a cold-air intake and K&N air filter from the factory, along with a special dual mode exhaust system that bypasses the mufflers while accelerating for more power and sound-awesomeness.
Although the Camaro ZL1 boasts a more powerful supercharged 6.2-liter V8 producing 580 hp, the Z/28 drops 300 lbs over the ZL1 thanks to dropping lots of “extras” like standard air conditioning, the audio system, using thinner glass, lighter wheels, a smaller battery, and removing some sound deadening and carpeting from the trunk.
“Our goal was to get rid of everything that didn’t make the car faster, and keep only what was required by law.” – Al Oppenheiser, Camaro Chief Engineer
We already talked about the changes for the 2014 Chevy Camaro, and the Z/28 is going to be the poster-boy for the car’s more aggressive appearance, getting a wider, lower look, a hood vent, and some different tail lights and special aero package over the regular Camaro.
Inside the Z/28 get a special matte-metallic finish and standard Recaro seats with microfiber inserts. The rear seats have also been modified to reduce weight.
Although in a car like this you’d think they’d remove the rear seats or just make them an uncomfortable small bench seat, Chevy’s leaving the two-seater job to the Corvette and wouldn’t want to lose sales to its flagship sports car.
Take a look at the video of the awesome time set by the Camaro Z/28 and let us know what you think about the car in the comments below: