They spent countless hours tackling the Green Hell, but it looks like Chevy engineers finally have an official Nurburgring lap time for the 2017 Camaro ZL1 they are comfortable publicizing. The time is 7:29.60 which is, of course, pretty impressive, even though some say a car with 650 hp and many high tech systems such as Magnetic Ride Control, electronic limited-slip differential and Custom Launch Control should have done better.
The ‘Ring lap record for the 2017 Camaro ZL1 is a cause for celebration not because it’s a triumph of muscle and power, but rather that it was the result of sophisticated chassis and suspension control and super clever electronic governing systems. It’s a first for an American muscle car… if we can call it a muscle car anymore. This Camaro is so clever, it’s more like a Euro sports car now.
2017 Camaro ZL1 Highlights:
- 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V-8 making 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque
- All-new 10R90 10-speed automatic transmission (set to Track mode to enable Performance Algorithm Shift calibration, providing optimal gear selection without the need to manually select gears)
- FE4 Suspension with Magnetic Ride Control
- Performance Traction Management
- Forged 20-inch wheels with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 tires
- Brembo brakes with front 15.4-inch rotors and six-piston calipers and rear 14.4-inch rotors and four-piston calipers
- Lift-reducing front fascia elements with cooling ducts and Chevrolet “flowtie”
- Full underbody shielding
- ZL1-specific rear spoiler and diffuser
- 11 heat exchangers