2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 smashes old model’s Nurburgring time [video]

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has lapped the Nürburgring over 11 seconds faster than its predecessor.

“To be almost 12 seconds [11.67s] quicker than the 5th-generation ZL1 is a testament to the advanced design and technology of the new ZL1,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro Chief Engineer.

The new Camaro ZL1’s new ‘Ring lap time of 7:29.60 makes it faster than the Audi R8 V10 Plus (7:32), and in the same league as the Ferrari 458 Speciale (7:29.37). However, it is still behind the BMW M4 GTS, which stops the clock at 7:27.88).

The ZL1 that set the lap record was stock standard, except for a roll hoop and Sparco racing seats with six-point harnesses, along with some data acquisition equipment. Its 6.2-litre supercharged V8 churns out the same 478kW and 881Nm of torque, connected to a new 10-speed automatic driving the rear wheels.

It features Magnetic Ride Control, Performance Traction Management, 20-inch alloys shod with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tyres, Brembo brakes, full underbody shielding, ZL1-specific rear spoiler and diffuser, as well as 11 heat exchangers.

“From the improved aerodynamics, mass reduction and 650-horsepower [478kW] LT4 to the Magnetic Ride Control, electronic limited-slip differential and Custom Launch Control, the ZL1 was designed to take the world’s most challenging track, making it right at home on any track, road or drag strip anywhere,” Oppenheiser offered.

The ZL1 is around 100kg lighter than the regular car, enabling it to hit 60mph (96km/h) from a standstill in 3.5 seconds and ¼ mile in a mere 11.4 seconds.

It carries a price tag of US$62,135 States side.

With Ford making its new Mustang a global vehicle and a sales success here in Australia, should Chevrolet be doing the same with the Camaro?

Let us know in the comments below.

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