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2014 Camaro Z/28 vs. Nissan GT-R

by Sam McEachern

Chevrolet engineers rocketed the performance of the Zeta-based fifth-generation Camaro to new heights with the hard-core 2014 Camaro Z/28. They bench-marked the car against top tier supercars which cost thousands of dollars more, like the Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911. So far, the Z/28 has proved to be more than a worthy competitor on the racetrack, posting an extremely fast time on Germany’s infamous Nurburgring, but how does it work as a road car and is it faster around Barber Motorsports Park than a GT-R? We find out on this week’s episode of Motor Trend’s Head 2 Head.Camaro-Z28-VS-Nissan-GTR-720x340In the episode, host Johnny Lieberman takes the two cars out on some winding back roads in Alabama to see how they work as road cars. The Z/28 fairs pretty well, especially considering the area was getting the tail end of the dreaded Polar Vortex and the roads were cold and damp, a bad mix for the Camaro’s 60 treadwear Pirelli Trofeo R tires. They then take the two cars out on the race track for some hot laps to see if Z/28 proves to be as big of a performance bargain as its stable mate, the Corvette Stingray.

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