Chevrolet Camaro Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser says the nameplate’s new Z/28 model is no answer to the Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca edition; instead, the most racetrack-capable Camaro ever built takes aim at paddock royalty such as the Porsche 911 and Nissan GT-R.

“We wanted to take a leap beyond the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro competition and shoot for the exotics,” Oppenheiser tells WardsAuto during a media event for the Z/28 at Gingerman Raceway here.

“Shoot for the 911s and GT-Rs, and see if we can’t be in the same conversation with those cars, because our leadership took off the restraints and let us do a track car,” he says. “We had no restrictions on what we needed to do to make the ultimate track-capable Camaro.”

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