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Video: 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 going for ‘Ring record?

Chevrolet has been spotted testing a prototype version of the hot new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 performance model around the Nurburgring . The new variant was unveiled at the New York Auto Show last month. It’s expected to be the quickest production Camaro to ever lap the circuit.

The Z/28 is a unique performance-oriented nameplate in Chevrolet history. It’s attached to more focused, powerful, and often lighter weight versions of the standard car.

In this case, the new Z/28 may not be more powerful than the current range-topping 432kW Camaro ZL1, which features a supercharged 6.2-litre V8, it will be the company’s quickest Camaro around a track though. In fact, it has already posted a lap time three seconds quicker than the ZL1 around Chev’s testing facilities.

Part of the performance comes from a more serious suspension setup over the ZL1, more aggressive aerodynamic features, and a weight reduction of 136kg.

Under the bonnet, the Z/28 comes with a whopping 7.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine producing “at least” 373kW, according to General Motors, and is set to rev all the way out to 7000rpm. Tasty engine highlights include a forged crankshaft with a 11.0:1 compression ratio, titanium valves and conrods, and a K&N air filter.

One of the biggest questions on everyone’s mind is whether the new model will be quicker than the ZL1 around the Nurburgring. The ZL1 has previously recorded a lap time of 7:41.27.

Click play below to see how it handles around the famous ‘Ring, and have a listen to that V8 soundtrack.

Official lap time data and further details are expected soon.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.