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.
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.