The latest iteration of the Camaro ZL1 muscle car is now able to take on any of the world’s supercars, having beaten its predecessors’ Nordschleife lap time and some exotic competitors as well.
For example, the astonishing time of 7 minutes 29.6 seconds is almost four seconds faster than the Koenigsegg CCX supercar – which has another 150 horsepower (112 kilowatts) and several hundred pounds less weight. The ZL1 meanwhile packs a 6.2-liter, supercharged LT4 V8 motor that packs 650 hp (485 kW) and 650 pound-feet (881 Newton meters) of torque, delivered to the rear wheels using a standard six-speed manual, or the brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission that was used for the hot lap. Chevrolet hasn’t offered a top speed credential yet – but we can see in the video it was at 181 mph (291 km/h) on the drop into Tiergarten, ad still ahd some revs to spare.
Chevrolet says they used a regular car for the feat, which was only modified to include a rollcage, race seat and harness. There’s the Magnetic Ride adaptive dampers, Performance Traction Management, forged 20-inch wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 tires, and huge Brembo brakes for the running gear though. The sixth-generation Camaro ZL1 is not only 11.67 seconds faster than the predecessor, but also quicker than a 997-generation Porsche 911 GT2, Turbo S, and GT3 RS. And it’s also 2.59 seconds faster than its traditional competitor – the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R.