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.
But of course, we jest; every single manufacturer has sent one or all of its product range around the terrifyingly damp and green forest hell that passes for the ‘Ring, and the Z/28's lap time stands up commendably. According to The Internet, anyway (the usual caveat about unofficial ‘Ring lap times applies here blah blah...).
At 7m 37.47s, it's quicker than the new 911 Carrera S, the old 430 Scud' and Lamborghini Murcielago LP-640, and many others that are slower than 7m 37.47s. Have a watch of the attempt here; you'll agree that it sounds rather pleasant, too.