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16 October 2013

Camaro Z/28 storms around the ‘Ring

505bhp new Chevy posts 7m 37.47s lap time around the Nürburgring

Vijay Pattni
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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 ‘Nürburgring' 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, 637Nm 7-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 'Nürburgring' is around 21 kilometres 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 in the video above; you'll agree that it sounds rather pleasant, too.

Tags: nurburgring, z28, camaro, chevrolet