Feel the need for speed? Well the 2017 Camaro ZL1 coupe can help you with that. It’s just clocked an average top speed of 198-mph at a German race track after hitting more than 200-mph during one of its test runs.
The testing went down at Germany’s Automotive Testing Papenburg GmBH proving ground. Chevy tested the max velocity of the ZL1 equipped with the 10-speed automatic. Compensating for wind speed, Chevy ran the ZL1 in both directions on the 7.6 mile loop. It clocked 202.3 mph in one direction and 193.3 in the other – averaging 198-mph.
Chevrolet engineers say after testing the car in standard settings, which produced the 198-mph average, they set the front and rear camber adjustments to 0 degrees and the tire pressures to the maximum allowable sidewall pressure and the ZL1 averaged over 200 mph.
The Camaro hit those numbers with the ZL1’s production Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 tires set at 44 psi. It’s the recommended setting for extended high-speed driving. Everything was stock except its mandatory safety equipment and data logging equipment required for testing.
The ZL1’s aerodynamic features include a stanchion rear spoiler which Chevy says offers a better lift/drag ratio compared to a blade-style rear spoiler. A patent-pending auxiliary transmission oil cooler cover reduces front-end lift with no drag penalty. Chevy also says the front-to-rear aero balance was fine-tuned for high-speed stability.
The ZL1 Coupe with a supercharged LT4 engine makes 650-horsepower. It’s available with GM’s new 10-speed automatic, but comes standard with a six-speed manual with Active Rev Match or an available. Brembo brakes, magnetic ride control and 20-inch forged aluminum wheels are additional features. Electronic limited-slip differential is offered on the coupe only.
The 2017 Camaro ZL1 coupe with a manual starts at $63,435. The 10-speed automatic starts from $65,830.