The Chevrolet Camaro vs Ford Mustang rivalry is to the Americans what the old Mitsubishi Evo vs Subaru WRX game was to JDM fanatics, just that it never went away. Now with the new hardcore 2014 Camaro Z/28 at its disposal, Chevrolet decided to take the battle into its own hands and planned its own shootout contest with the Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca.
Why the 444 hp Boss and not the more powerful 540 hp Shelby GT500? Apparently, Chevrolet had tested them all and found the track-focused special edition car to be Ford’s quickest track Pony. It’s a similar case with Chevy’s own 580 hp Camaro ZL1 too, which is less track-capable than the 500 hp Z/28. The venue chosen is GM’s own Milford Road Course.
Watch the video above to see the outcome. It’s not so much of a spoiler for us to reveal that the hot Camaro completely aced the Mustang. Chevrolet claimed that its carbon-ceramic anchors allowed the Z/28 to brake deeper into corners, while its ultra-wide 305-section front tyres pulled higher g-forces through fast bends.
The F1-style spool-valve dynamic damper system also gave the Camaro an advantage over the Mustang over the 4.6-km course, as did its 500 hp/637 Nm 7.0 litre LS7 V8 engine. By the end of the lap, the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 was clear by a good 5.3 seconds over the Ford. Game, set and match, Chevrolet.
Having done that, Chevrolet shipped the ultimate Camaro over to the Nurburgring to set a representative lap time. Track conditions were not perfect, with intermittent spots of rain over the lap. Still, the Camaro Z/28 set an impressive time of 7:37.40 though the notorious Nordschleife, which you can watch in full above.
How impressive? That’s four seconds quicker than GM’s own Camaro ZL1, and marginally faster than the latest Porsche 911 Carrera S, Lamborghini Murchielago LP640 and Mercedes SLS AMG. Had it been bone dry, Chevy reckons it could go up to six seconds under, which would elevate it to Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Ferrari 458 Italia territory.
Who dares say American cars can’t handle turns? The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 took on 154 of them and came out on top.