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Porsche 911 GT3 and Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Go Head 2 Head (W/Video)

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/30/2014 Jason Udy

Despite the 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 costing roughly twice as much as the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, both cars are their respective automakers' track-focused sports coupes. On this episode of Head 2 Head, Carlos Lago compares the new 911 GT3 against the Camaro Z/28 to find out which is the better track car.

With its large-displacement V-8, six-speed manual transmission, and Torsen differential, the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 seems to be more basic than the Porsche. The Camaro Z/28 does, however, come with standard carbon ceramic brakes and fixed multimatic shocks, along with the widest front tires of any production car. Meanwhile, a 505-hp 7.0-liter V-8 hides beneath the hood. The 2015 Porsche 911 GT3, on the other hand, features four-wheel steering, brake-actuated torque vectoring, variable differentials, and a high-revving 475-hp 3.8-liter flat-six engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

At the drag strip, the lighter 911 GT3 hit 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and finished the quarter-mile in 11.3 seconds at 122.9 mph, beating the Camaro Z/28, which posted a 4.0-second 0-60 time and a quarter-mile time of 12.3 seconds at 116.1 mph. Ceramic brakes helped both cars stop from 60 mph in very short distances: 98 feet for the GT3 and 100 feet for the Z/28. At 22.8 seconds at 0.96 g average, the Porsche was faster than the Chevrolet (23.6 seconds at 0.89 g average).

Despite its large size, the Camaro Z/28 is fun to drive on canyon roads, though the 911 GT3 seems to be more refined on the rough roads. Lago says the Chevrolet is a brute, while the Porsche is smooth. Next, pro racer Randy Pobst takes both cars to Willow Springs Raceway for some lapping sessions. Pobst is impressed with the Camaro's setup including the carbon ceramic brakes, as well as with the Porsche's PDK dual-clutch transmission.

Check out the video above to see which track-focused car wins this Head 2 Head.

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