The Camaro just keeps getting faster. The new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 shaved nearly 12 seconds off the last generation’s Nürburgring hot lap time.
You can get a taste of what it was like to be behind the wheel in a new Chevrolet video. It’s a back seat view of the ZL1 shooting around arguably the most difficult track in the world at speeds exceeding 100 mph. A thrill ride for sure.
The ZL1 finished its hot lap with a 7:29:60 time, beating its predecessors time by a clean 11.67 seconds.
“To be almost 12 seconds quicker than the 5th-generation ZL1 is a testament to the advanced design and technology of the new ZL1,” says Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer.
The best part is that you can buy a ZL1 at a dealership. The only things that Chevy added are data acquisition equipment, a roll hoop, and Sparco racing seats with six-point harnesses. Other than that, the model came straight out of production.
A 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 engine comes under the hood. It rates 650-horsepower with an equal amount of torque. All that juice is mated GM’s new 10-speed automatic transmission. For the video, it was set to Track mode so the Performance Algorithm Shift calibration system could kick in.
“Many fast laps around the Nordschleife are dramatic, with lots of oversteer and steering input. With Magnetic Ride and great overall chassis balance, the ZL1 is all about being inch perfect at every turn and carrying a lot of speed,” says driver and Camaro engineer Drew Cattell.
The model also features Performance Traction Management, 20-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, full underbody shielding, and 11 heat exchangers. The special FE4 Suspension paired with Magnetic Ride control keeps everything under control.