Nope. And that $75k base price all of a sudden looks like a value in this company, doesn't it? What that money buys you is a Camaro that takes the roadcourse very seriously. 305/30/19 Pirelli Pzero Trofeo R tires are featured all around. Yes, 305's up front. There also are 15.5 inch carbon ceramic brakes rotors up front as well. The GT-R is the only one in this group without carbon ceramic brakes.
The Camaro is clearly set up for roadcourse duty. It is also the slowest car of the group. A 12.3 @ 117.2 in the 1/4 mile certainly is not slow but it trails behind the GT-R with its 11.0 @ 125.1 run and the 911 Turbo S with its 10.9 @ 123.7. The 911 Turbo S again shows abnormally slow 1/4 mile numbers dying for some reason past 100 miles per hour despite being the first car to get there. Is the ECU cutting power? It sure looks like it.
So the Camaro does not have a fancy dual clutch transmission, it does not have all wheel drive, and it isn't the most powerful. It isn't a lightweight either weighing 3857 pounds. 23 pounds lighter than the Nissan GT-R but 247 pounds heavier than the 911 Turbo S.
That makes the Camaro beating the GT-R and the 911 Turbo S around the roadcourse all the more impressive because the car is doing it in the turns and not due to a power advantage. The cheaper rear wheel drive manual American car beats the more expensive dual clutch all wheel drive foreign robots that the automotive world seems to constantly rave about. There is some poetic justice in there somewhere.
MotorTrend picks the Camaro as the best car in this test followed by the 911 Turbo S and then the GT-R. The GT-R is said to feel too controlled. In other words, it's boring. Who was it that told you it's a soulless robot? The 911 Turbo S also suffers from missing an 'X factor' in the driving experience. The GT3 would have been a better choice and addressed the driver involvement criticism. Now you likely understand why Porsche offers a GT3 and why horsepower is not everything.
MotorTrend says the Camaro Z28 is GM at its best and it is tough to disagree. GM is definitely on a bit of a roll right now. A Camaro that is a better driver's car than a Porsche 911 Turbo and beats it around the roadcourse for $100k less is, well, unheard of until now. It is now the Porsche that is the dragster and the not the American 'muscle' car.
Good for you GM. Way to beat the world's best without even needing to match the cost of entry. Thank you for building the Z28.
3rd Place: Nissan GT-R Track Edition
Old soldiers never die, they just fade away. Still a monster, but long in the tooth. The 2015 refresh arrives none too soon.
2nd Place: Porsche 911 Turbo S
One of the quickest production cars of all time, the Turbo S is caught in a weird space between grand touring and track attack.
1st Place: Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
Impressive. Most impressive. The General flexes its red, white, and blue muscles. Simply put, this is Chevy at its best.
|2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28||2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition||2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S|
|DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT||Front-engine, RWD||Front-engine, AWD||Rear-engine, AWD|
|ENGINE TYPE||90-deg V-8, aluminum block/heads||Twin-turbo 60-deg V-6, aluminum block/heads||Twin-turbo flat-6, aluminum block/heads|
|VALVETRAIN||OHV, 2 valves/cyl||DOHC, 4 valves/cyl||DOHC, 4 valves/cyl|
|DISPLACEMENT||427.9 cu in/7011 cc||231.8 cu in/3799 cc||231.9 cu in/3800 cc|
|POWER (SAE NET)||505 hp @ 6100 rpm*||545 hp @ 6400 rpm||560 hp @ 6500 rpm|
|TORQUE (SAE NET)||481 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm*||463 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm||516 lb-ft @ 2100 rpm**|
|REDLINE||7000 rpm||7000 rpm||7000 rpm|
|WEIGHT TO POWER||7.6 lb/hp||7.1 lb/hp||6.4 lb/hp|
|TRANSMISSION||6-speed manual||6-speed twin-cl auto||7-speed twin-cl auto|
|SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR||Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar||Control arms, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar||Struts, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar|
|BRAKES, F;R||15.5-in vented, drilled, carbon ceramic disc; 15.3-in vented, drilled, carbon ceramic disc, ABS||15.4-in vented, drilled disc; 15.0-in vented, drilled disc, ABS||16.1-in vented, drilled, carbon ceramic disc; 15.4-in vented, drilled, carbon ceramic disc, ABS|
|WHEELS, F;R||11.0 x 19-in; 11.5 x 19-in, forged aluminum||9.5 x 20 in; 10.5 x 20 in, forged aluminum||9.0 x 20-in; 11.5 x 20-in forged aluminum|
|TIRES, F;R||305/30R19 102Y
Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R
|255/40R20 97Y; 285/35R20 100Y
Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT600 DSST CTT
|245/35R20 91Y; 305/30R20 103Y
Pirelli P Zero
|WHEELBASE||112.3 in||109.4 in||96.5 in|
|TRACK, F/R||66.1/64.7 in||62.6/63.0 in||60.6/62.6 in|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||192.3 x 76.9 x 52.4 in||183.8 x 74.6 x 53.9 in||177.4 x 74.0 x 51.0 in|
|TURNING CIRCLE||37.7 ft (est)||36.6 ft||34.8 ft|
|CURB WEIGHT||3857 lb||3880 lb||3610 lb|
|WEIGHT DIST, F/R||53/47%||55/45%||39/61%|
|HEADROOM, F/R||37.4/35.3 in||38.1/- in||37.8/26.0 in|
|LEGROOM, F/R||42.4/29.9 in||44.6/- in||66.7/26.0 in (est)|
|SHOULDER ROOM, F/R||56.9/42.5 in||54.3/- in||53.4/47.3 in|
|CARGO VOLUME||11.3 cu ft||8.8 cu ft||9.2 cu ft|
|ACCELERATION TO MPH|
|0-30||1.7 sec||1.0 sec||1.0 sec|
|PASSING, 45-65 MPH||1.8||1.4||1.3|
|QUARTER MILE||12.3 sec @ 117.2 mph||11.0 sec @ 125.1 mph||10.9 sec @ 123.7 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||97 ft||94 ft||100 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||1.06 g (avg)||1.02 g (avg)||1.04 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||23.6 sec @ 0.84 g (avg)||23.4 sec @ 0.89 g (avg)||23.0 sec @ 0.93 g (avg)|
|2.3-MI ROAD COURSE LAP||96.17 sec||96.45 sec||96.34 sec|
|TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH||1500 rpm||2150 rpm||1650 rpm|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$76,150||$117,590||$199,065|
|AIRBAGS||Dual front, front side, f/r rear curtain||Dual front, front side, front curtain||Dual front, front side, front curtain, front knee|
|BASIC WARRANTY||3 yrs/36,000 mi||3 yrs/36,000 mi||4 yrs/50,000 mi|
|POWERTRAIN WARRANTY||5 yrs/100,000 mi||5 yrs/60,000 mi||4 yrs/50,000 mi|
|ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE||5 yrs/100,000 mi||5 yrs/60,000 mi||4 yrs/50,000 mi|
|FUEL CAPACITY||19.0 gal||19.5 gal||16.9 gal|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON||13/19/15 mpg (est)||16/23/19 mpg||17/24/20 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||259/177 kW-hrs/100 mi (est)||211/147 kW-hrs/100 mi||198/140 kW-hrs/100 mi|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||1.28 lb/mi (est)||1.05 lb/mi||0.99 lb/mi|
|RECOMMENDED FUEL||Unleaded premium||Unleaded premium||Unleaded premium|
|**553 lb-ft w/temporary 20-sec overboost|