Up until recently, American cars were really only good for two things: going fast in straight lines, and lazily floating along endless miles of straight motorways. Their sports cars were no different, and on the track, anything European with even half the power would easily leave them in the dust. However, in the last decade or so, the Americans have suddenly gotten very serious about turning their sports cars into proper sports cars, and nowhere is that more evident than in the latest Corvette and Camaro.

Motor Trend recently put the new Corvette Grand Sport, pictured top, up against one of the best handling cars of all time, the Porsche 911 Carrera S, and the former lapped Willow Springs nearly a whole second faster (see the first video below, starting at 16:10). Similarly, the new Camaro ZL1 recently lapped the Nürburgring in 7:29.6, which is not only more than 11 seconds faster than the previous ZL1, but is quicker than some of the fastest supercars currently in production, including the McLaren 650S and Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera (see the second video below).

It is really an astonishing achievement for Chevrolet to have built two sports cars that
can compete – indeed, dominate – at this level in such a short amount of time. And as someone who’s long been a fan of shouty V8-powered muscle cars, it’s nice to see them finally holding their own on the track. Now to address the interior build quality issues…

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