C6 Corvette Z06 Chases A BMW M4 Around The Nurburgring: Video – GM Authority (blog)

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014

Germany’s Nurburgring attracts all sorts of different cars to the 12.9-mile Norschelife loop of its racetrack, and not just performance cars. Manufacturers use the challenging facility to test all sorts of different vehicles. Chevrolet has even been spotted testing the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze at ‘The Green Hell’. The track isn’t just available to manufacturers though, on certain days anyone can take their car out on the ‘Ring, which brings us to the video below.

Two auto journalists from the United Kingdom were out putting BMW’s all-new M4 Coupe through its paces at the Nurburgring when they noticed they were being stalked by one of Chevy’s best track weapons, the C6 Corvette Z06.

The M4 is powered by a 3.0-liter, twin turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine pumping out 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque, which is mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The Z06 on the other hand has Chevy’s 7.0-liter LS7 engine with an output of 505 horsepower and 474 lb-ft of torque, which is paired with a six-speed manual shifter. The ‘Vette is the light of the two, so don’t have to whip out your calculator to know it has the better power-to-weight ratio, but can it keep up with the more modern M4 on the track?

In short, yes. While racing is not allowed on the Nurburgring during open days and passing is restricted to the left-hand side of the track, the Corvette has no problem trailing the M4. The driver of the BMW eventually lets the faster Corvette by around the 9-minute mark, but not before the two have had plenty of fun playing cat and mouse. Check out the video below.

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