When Chevy resurrected the Z/28 moniker, it promised one thing: This would be a no compromise muscle/sports car that fully lives up to its iconic name. That's no easy task, given the high esteem the original was held in. But the 2014 model has now lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes, 37 seconds—faster than a Lexus LFA—and we've ridden in the passenger seat of a pre-production Z/28 and witnessed it punish GM's Milford Proving Grounds firsthand, setting a new outright lap record in the process.
However, we were warned that the Z/28's speed won't come cheap. And now we know exactly how cheap it won't be: $75,000, or a Corvette Stingray AND a base Camaro. That's a lot for a machine with no air-conditioning or radio.
Here's why it worth every dollar.
- It uses Multimatic DSSV shocks (the very same Multimatic that supplies Red Bull's dominating F1 team). The only other production car to adopt these shocks? Aston Martin's exclusive One-77.
- It features GM's naturally-aspirated LS7 engine, featuring 505 hp and 481 lb.-ft. of torque.
- It comes with carbon-ceramic brakes as standard.
- It's over five seconds faster than a Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca at Milford.
- It's three seconds faster than the Camaro ZL1.
- It's faster than a Corvette Stingray.
- It's in the same conversation, Chevy claim, as the $130,00 Porsche 911 GT3.
- If it didn't rain during its Nurburgring lap, it would have achieved a time closer to 7 minute, 31 seconds.
- For $1,150, those of you who desire cool air and a stereo can get both.
Simply, it's a potent track weapon; a car that will compete, and in some cases win, against machines with a sticker price twice as large. The only aspect I remain dubious about is the Pirelli Trofeo R tires. They're wonderful, no doubt —damn near slicks, in fact — but that wide, sticky contact patch certainly equates for a lot of its speed.
And they'll be rather expensive tires to change. And the car's inherent stiffness will almost certainly break your back when on normal roads. And if it rains, you crash.
And the upcoming Corvette Stingray Z-something iteration, likely priced similarly, will undoubtably be faster still.
But who cares?
We'll be driving the Z/28 soon, and will report exactly how good of a job — on a scale of one-to-ridiculous — Chevy has done. I'll guarantee this much now: You won't be wasting a penny.