Z/28 Versus M6 Versus GT-R – The Monster Battle (Part 2)

8/8/2014 4:03:02 AM

Stop laughing at the back. The Z/28 is a hardcore track car. In fact, it’s not really intended to drive on the ‘street’. We tried and we’re still shuddering. But here’s the thing – there are a lot of international components in this American powerhouse. The brakes are Italian (carbon-ceramics by Brembo), as are the Pirelli tyres. The Recaros are British, the pistons are German, the titanium conrods are Austrian and the dampers are Canadian… It might not sound like much, but these form the basis of the key changes to the Camaro. The overall 25kg weight saving isn’t much to boast about, but look at the attitude this thing has, the angle of attack in that front splitter, the intent contained in that bonnet bulge and, mainly, observe how the tyres are balder than the US’s national bird.

Fit and finish levels within the cabin are all top notch and designed to lift the Chevy Z/28 from ‘humble’ to ‘special’ status

Fit and finish levels within the cabin are all top notch and designed to lift the Chevy Z/28 from ‘humble’ to ‘special’ status

Chevy proudly claims that the tyres are “the widest on any production car”. Bless them, but I wasn’t aware that fitting 305-width Trofeo R tyres at either end of the front axle, thus creating a comedy barbell, was something to boast about. In fact, if the 500 miles I’ve driven on the road in it are anything to go by, then Chevy actually intended appalling tramlining, brutal ride and puckering aquaplaning. They are admittedly sticky. Once warm. And dry.

Step inside and the spacious, high quality interior of the BMW M6 still impresses

Step inside and the spacious, high quality interior of the BMW M6 still impresses

So today, luckily, the Zee Twenny Aight is in its element. Trouble is, so is the GT-R. It’s amazing, this car. Launched more than six years ago, it still looks sharp. The crease at the top of the C-pillar is a masterpiece, while everything that goes on underneath is the product of a precision that’s alien to any other nation. We already know it’s capable of astonishing feats. Against it, the M6 is more generic. We tease the Camaro for being so American, but the BMW is equally inward-looking, content to pace out the miles alongside Audi and Merc.

But forget the bigger-picture stuff, we begin by lining them up for a gung-ho drag race. Right up the Z/28’s quarter-mile. Sat idling on the start line, what’s apparent is that while the M6 and GT-R emit a constant hiss of electrical whirrs and hums, the Chevy just throbs. You can feel it inside, then feel it rock slightly on the tight springs if you blip the throttle. And you will blip the throttle.

The GT-R’s cabin remains driver-focused and comfortable

The GT-R’s cabin remains driver-focused and comfortable

They’re level for the first, ooh, 10 yards, a red arrowhead of noise and force. I find this surprising, before twigging that the M6 false-started. Slick-shod traction and 4WD were a close match, and then the Nissan just… disappears. Well, The Stig is driving that one. At some stage, the M6 gets full traction, and soon after the Camaro requires a first/second shift. But the Nissan is relentless. Maybe the M6 is faster still above 120mph, maybe. But one thing’s certain, even allowing for the manual gearbox: the Chevy is the slowest. Later, a third-gear roll-on test from 30mph proves it. The Z/28 holds station only until the others get their turbos spinning, at which point they batter into the distance.


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