The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE can lap the Nürburgring in supercar territory and the number in question here is 7:16.04!
Although we can’t tell you about how it drives yet, when those numbers are compared with other published lap times from manufacturer’s tests, the brash Camaro is put in fast company.
The Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE manage to hang with Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and a heck of a lot of German.
Let’s start first with the regular ZL1, its close family relation. “Regular” is a bit of a contradiction taken its supercharged LT4 engine that produces 650 horsepower. It ran the ‘Ring for 13.56 seconds slower than the 1LE version which, according to Chevy, doesn’t make any additional horsepower and has shorter fifth and sixth gear ratios. However, the regular ZL1 is so quick if we assume that ‘Ring times can be compared at face value. 13-plus seconds is an eternity to shave off even on a long track like the Nordschleiffe.
The 1LE makes more downforce than a regular ZL1 and that’s how it managed to stand side by side with the most powerful cars. It’s also on Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3Rs – stickier even than the old Trofeo Rs. Instead of ZL1’s Magnetic Ride Control, which is a great technology, it has a highly tunable setup suspended by Multimatic’s incredible DSSV shocks. DSSV’s better at doing what a ‘Ring runner does.
Enjoy imagining frustrated Ferrari owners trying to shake a monstrous pony car at an upcoming lap day.