2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is a whisker away from topping out at 200 mph image

Taken to its absolute, the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will reach a maximum speed of 198 mph (319 km/h), which is the most for any Camaro to date.

This is of course in part thanks to the 650-horsepower (485-kilowatt) V8, hooked to the new 10-speed automatic that apparently is capable of changing gears even faster than the reference in the segment – Porsche’s PDK. In order to see how much faster than any other Camaros can the ZL1 go the Chevy engineers took the machine to the High Speed Oval at Germany’s Automotive Testing Papenburg proving ground. The Camaro was taken both back and forth on the 7.6-mile (12.3 kilometer) loop, and compensating for wind speed, topped out at 202.3 mph in one direction, and 193.3 mph (311 km/h) going the other way. “This test caps an impressive list of performance stats for the Camaro ZL1, which was designed to excel at everything,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “It’s the most capable – and fastest –Camaro ever.”

The ZL1 actually used production series Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 tires with a recommended psi of 44 during the test. The only deviations from the norm was the addition of some mindful safety equipment and data logging systems that were placed in and out of the car. Aside from the 198 mph top speed, the ZL1 can also reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in a mere 3.5 seconds with the 10-speed automatic equipped, hitting the quarter mile in a worthy 11.4 seconds at 127 mph (204 km/h), while cornering at up to 1.02gs. And getting all this is not breaking the bank – the Camaro ZL1 costs in the US $63,435 with the standard six speed manual transmission or $65,830 with the 10-speed automatic.