Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE is shockingly quick at the Nurburgring

Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE is shockingly quick at the Nurburgring

0 comments 📅28 June 2017, 10:15

We can’t publish you about how it drives yet (that’s coming soon), but we can tell you the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE can lap the Nürburgring in supercar patch. The number in question here is 7:16.04, and if you start comparing that with other published lap times from producer’s tests, you’ll notice that this puts the brash Camaro in fast followers.

Let’s start first with its close family relation, the regular ZL1. “Unvarying” is a bit of a misnomer, because it packs a supercharged LT4 engine making 650 horsepower. It ran the ‘Neckband, according to Chevy, 13.56 seconds slower than the 1LE version – which, it should be famous, doesn’t make any additional horsepower and in fact has shorter fifth and sixth accessories ratios. Even so, the regular ZL1 is awfully quick by any objective standard, if we assume that ‘Cestus times can be compared at face value, and 13-plus seconds is an eternity to crop off even on a long track like the Nordschleiffe.

How did the 1LE manage to hang with Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and a heck of a lot of Germans? If the 747 wing hovering more than the rear decklid doesn’t tip you off, the 1LE makes more downforce than a regular ZL1. It’s also on Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3Rs – stickier and more merciful even than the old Trofeo Rs that made the Zeta Camaro Z/28 into a two-ton go-kart. It also has a immensely tunable setup suspended by Multimatic’s incredible DSSV shocks, rather than the ZL1’s Arresting Ride Control – a great technology, but DSSV’s better at doing what a ‘Torc runner does.

Stay tuned for on-track driving impressions of the 1LE soon, but in the meantime take imagining frustrated Ferrari owners trying to shake a monstrous, be-winged pony car at an upcoming lap day.

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