The quest for Nurburgring glory is a never-ending one for carmakers, and Chevrolet’s new Camaro Z/28 has had a good crack at it this week.
The General's big muscle car lapped the ‘ring in 7 minutes 37.47 seconds, bettering some impressive performance cars (with much higher price tags) along the way.
During previous attempts, Lexus’ LFA managed 7:38 dead during a German magazine test, while the Porsche 911 Carrera S was also pipped by the Z/28 with a time of 7:37.9.
Mercedes-Benz’s SLS AMG managed a time of 7:40 which matched the lap time set by the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.
There are, of course, several cars which have lapped the Nurburgring faster than the Camaro Z/28 including GM’s own Corvette C6 ZR1 at 7:19.63 and Corvette C6 Z06 with a time of 7:22.68.
The current lap record at the famous German circuit is believed to belong to the track-special Pagani Zonda R, with a time of 6:47.5.
Earlier this year, Australia’s own Holden VF SS-V Redline Ute set an unofficial lap record for commercial vehicles, with a time of 8:19.47.
The undated Chevrolet Camaro was unveiled at the New York Auto Show earlier this year, bringing with it the return of the Z/28 nameplate.
The Z/28’s 7.0 litre V8 engine delivers “at least” 373kW and 637Nm to the rear wheels through a close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox.
Pricing and further specifications are yet to be released, but it’s safe to say we won’t see the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 in Australia in any official capacity.