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Chevrolet has hit upon the novel idea of using a little known area of challenging forest draped with intermittent terror and tarmac called ‘Nurburgring’ to test the capability of its new Camaro Z/28. It posted a lap time. It was quite fast.
How fast? 7m 37.47s. In isolation, that sounds incredibly slow, considering the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 boasts a 505bhp, 470lb ft 7.0-litre V8 – the same one you’ll find in the Corvette Z06 – tinkered by Corvette Racing. All this power is marshaled through a six-speed manual gearbox to the 19in rear wheels in a torrent of sweaty-palmed fury. But then do bear in mind this ‘Nurburgring’ is around 13 miles long.
As part of National Name Your Car Day, Chevrolet is inviting enthusiasts to name a special-edition Camaro SS that will make its public debut at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. The new model will arrive at dealers in the first quarter of 2015, wearing an exclusive Emerald Green Metallic exterior color along with other unique exterior features.
Chevrolet will announce the name next month, when the vehicle publicly debuts at the SEMA Show, the world’s largest trade show of automotive personalization and performance.
With a circuit time of 7:37 minutes on the northern loop of the Nürburgring, Zuffenhausen got a new competitor, who should by no means be lightly dismissed. On the 20.8 kilometres stretch through the Green Hell that makes up the circuit, the car is about seven seconds faster than the current Porsche 911 S and so seamlessly joins the series of successes of the legendary Z/28 models that have been making history since 1967.
Mainly responsible for the superior performance of the new Camaro Z/28 is the sumptuous seven-litre V8 heart with dry sump lubrication. Thank to titanium inlet valves, aluminium cylinder heads and new high-lift camshafts, the optimised LS7 power train straps a taut 507 HP and a mighty 637 newton metre torque on the drive shaft. A Tremec 6-speed gear shift mechanism, a K&N cold air intake air filter and an optimised body aerodynamics allow for an extremely superior performance apportioning as well as highly efficient cooling and stability during prolonged high-speed runs.
They used to be considered a secret tip: powerful Muscle-Cars from the USA, driven by high-performance V8-engines with more than 400 HP at insanely low prices. Today, the former secret has become a true scene. Corvette, Camaro and Mustang are now running at eye level with Porsche and friends. The processing quality has improved, chassis technology has turned more modern and even the high-performance engines are much more drivable than they used to be. One thing has stayed the same: they are comparatively low-priced!