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    • 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 and 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 track comparison - Which is the top dog on the roadcourse?

      The new Chevrolet Camaro Z28 is showing some very impressive track performance. Recently, the Z28 dispatched more expensive (and stout) competition from Nissan and Porsche by beating both the GT-R and 991 Turbo in a comparison by MotorTrend. Some questioned the choice of the 911 Turbo as the car is a bit more GT than roadcourse special. Well, Porsche does have a car called the GT3 that specifically targets the roadcourse and fortunately Autoweek was able to put it up against the Z28.


      The 991 Turbo is about 240 pounds lighter than the Z28. The weight advantage grows even larger for the rear wheel drive GT3 which Autoweek weighed at 3,152 pounds. That is incredibly 458 pounds lighter than the 911 Turbo but a whopping 668 pounds lighter than the Camaro Z28. Despite the GT3's 3.8 liter flat-6 power disadvantage of 30 horsepower (a 3.8 liter flat-6 giving up only 30 horses to a 7.0 liter V8 is incredible in of itself) it has the better power to weight ratio of the two. It also has a quicker shifting dual clutch PDK gearbox to the Z28's traditional manual.

      So how do they stack up on the roadcourse? The GT3 surprisingly is not wearing carbon ceramic brakes like the Z28 although they are an option for an additional $9200.00. It is on similar soft tires equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cups whereas the Camaro has Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R's although the Trofeo R's have the softer treadwear rating. The 991 GT3 has 305mm tires in back but the Camaro has 305's at all four corners. The GT3 has 245's in front.

      The quicker lap around the Barber Motorsports Park goes to the GT3 although it is close. The 991 GT3 does a 1:35.76 to the Z28's 1:36.29. Roughly a half second between the two cars. Is that half second worth double the money? That is up to the buyer to judge.

      The 911 GT3 is the more technologically advanced car of the two making efficient use of its engine with dual clutch technology and a low curb weight. The Z28 keeps costs down with a manual transmission and the C6 Z06 tried and true LS7 V8 (which is about 70 pounds lighter than the ZL1's supercharged LSA). It gets very close to the GT3 for half the money. Autoweek believes this is the best roadcourse car for $75k and it is difficult to disagree with that assertion.

      These are both special cars and the automotive world is a better place with them in it. Hardcore track cars like these are dying out so as far as this network is concerned they are both winners and spectacular enthusiast cars.











      This article was originally published in forum thread: 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 and 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 track comparison - Which is the top dog on the roadcourse? started by Sticky View original post
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      1. richpike's Avatar
        richpike -
        Ugh, I'm not a fan of Chevy, but damn the Z28 and C7 (both Stingray and likely the Z06) are impressive. Well done GM.

        -Rich
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by richpike Click here to enlarge
        Ugh, I'm not a fan of Chevy, but damn the Z28 and C7 (both Stingray and likely the Z06) are impressive. Well done GM.

        -Rich
        GM is on a roll!

        While GM is building Camaro's that run with GT3's BMW is sticking M badges on front wheel drives. This is reality.
      1. mjmarovi's Avatar
        mjmarovi -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        GM is on a roll!

        While GM is building Camaro's that run with GT3's BMW is sticking M badges on front wheel drives. This is reality.
        Damn...that's food for thought
      1. 135pats's Avatar
        135pats -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        GM is on a roll!

        While GM is building Camaro's that run with GT3's BMW is sticking M badges on front wheel drives. This is reality.
        Ouch. That hurts, but it's the truth.
      1. rawad1017's Avatar
        rawad1017 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        While GM is building Camaro's that run with GT3's BMW is sticking M badges on front wheel drives. This is reality.
        Click here to enlarge
      1. SpeedLimit?'s Avatar
        SpeedLimit? -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        GM is on a roll!

        While GM is building Camaro's that run with GT3's BMW is sticking M badges on front wheel drives. This is reality.
        So true...the result of GM not letting politics get in the way of making good cars and being more focused on racing with direct involvement in sports car racing which has a true trickle down effect unlike pushing DTM to be street related to unknowing buyers.