Another Award For Chevrolet: Camaro Z/28, Best Driver’s Car

If you’ve kept up with our blog the past few years, you’d have read all about Chevrolet’s numerous awards. And today we’re talking to you about another one. This year the Chevy Camaro Z/28 was named Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car.

If you’ve got an hour or so to spare check out the video below, if not continue to read our blog.  🙂

The Chevy Camaro Z/28 was put up against an impressive set of vehicles:

  • Alfa Romeo 4C
  • BMW i8
  • BMW M4
  • Ford Fiesta ST
  • Jaguar F-Type R Coupe
  • Nissan GT-R Nismo
  • Porsche 911 Turbo S
  • Subaru WRX STI
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI

To be a contender in the Best Driver’s Car competition Motor Trend required that all vehicles be all-new or significantly revised performance cars launched in the 12 months prior to testing.

These cars were put through a battery of test including laps at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and a high-speed hill driving course.

Motor Trend’s editors had this to say about the Camaro Z/28 after the test:

“The transformation of the fifth-generation Camaro from ‘muscle car that handles pretty well’ to Best Driver’s Car winner is astounding. You feel the superior engineering in how the car responds to inputs both internal and external. From within, the car reacts immediately and precisely to your commands but doesn’t punish your mistakes. From the outside, the Z/28’s suspension attacks bumps and dips with an unbridled passion for keeping the tires on the pavement.”

Chevrolet built the Camaro Z|28 with tradition in mind. Going back to the days of race and track cars with high downforce, greater grip, and faster lap times. But it wasn’t all about speed for GM and Chevrolet, handling and breaking were also key components in the Camaro Z|28’s makeup.

Chevy Camaro Z/28
2014 Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car – Chevy Camaro Z/28

Equipped with racing-bread dampers, tires and large Brembo carbon ceramic brakes Chevrolet was able to get the most out of the Camaro Z/28 lap after lap.

According to Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, “The mission for the new Z/28 was to create the most capable, best-handling Camaro in our history.” Reuss continued, ““As such, I can’t think of a better validation of that mission than for the Z/28 to be named Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car.”

That’s a fair assessment since the Chevy Camaro Z/28 was the first American-brand car to win the 7 year old award. Past winners have been the Porsche 911 (GT3, Carrera 2S, Carrera 4S), Porsche Cayman, Ferrari 458 Italia, and Audi R8.

A Present Day Look at the History of Chevrolet

102 years. That’s a long time for any organization. It’s even more impressive when you consider that Chevrolet has been through what many are calling a “resurgence”.

Chevy will have redesigned its entire truck line, with the reveal of the 2015 Chevy Colorado next week. The 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 used power, fuel economy, and an exterior and interior facelift to reestablish its spot as best full-sized truck. And the recently revealed 2015 Chevy Silverado HD features enhancements to make sure you can get the big boy jobs done right.

2014 Chevy Silverado 1500
The latest in the powerful line of Silverados

Speaking of the big boys, Chevrolet has also spent time renovating its crossovers and SUVs.

The legacy that is the Chevrolet Suburban is all-new for the 2015 model and so is the 2015 Tahoe. Chevy also took to redesigning the Traverse in 2012.

Chevy Full-Size SUVs
All-New 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban

In the car segment, Chevy introduced the United States to the subcompact Spark last year and brought the all-electric Spark EV along this year.  But the biggest news for Chevy cars was the completely redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Impala.  The refined elegance, performance, technology, innovation, and more make the 2014 Impala a beautiful masterpiece in this namplates long line of icons.

Make no mistakes about the Chevrolet brand, Chevrolet still means amazing performance machines; big engines and fast cars. This is evident by Chevy’s three performance vehicles; the legends, Camaro and Corvettte, and the newcomer SS.

For Camaro, they’ve brought back the pure performance moniker Z/28. However, this isn’t just bringing back the name for nostalgia. The Camaro Z/28 is built for speed, handling, and performance. No excess here, just an aerodynamic Camaro built for the track sitting on Pirelli® PZERO™ Trofeo R tires.

2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28
The Track Savvy but Street Legal Camaro Z/28

Making waves in Chevy’s performance fleet is the all-new SS. The Chevy SS is the rear-wheel-drive V8 that Chevy fans have been waiting for 17 years.

Chevy SS
An all-new V8 powered Chevy to add to the performance line.

And last but certainly not least. The flagship of Chevrolet performance. The iconic American sports car. The Chevrolet Corvette. This year the Corvette returned with its seventh body style and brought back the Stingray nameplate. And the 2014 Corvette Stingray is completely deserving of the name. A low aggressive stance with impressive lines and curves fueled by a 6.2L V8, makes the Corvette Stingray a precision speed machine.

2014 Corvette Stingray
The evolved Corvette is here

With 102 years of experience the history of Chevrolet is undoubtedly guiding the decision of the present and future. And with a history like Chevrolet’s you can expect more great vehicles in the near future.