2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 breaks own older Nurburgring record [w/video]

Article by Christian A., on October 27, 2016

Wondering how fast the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in actual driving? To provide customers a good idea on how fast the 2017 Camaro ZL1 could really get, Chevrolet recently had it driven in one of the most challenging road tracks in the world – at Nurburgring. This 13-mile circuit is technically a public road, sans the speed limit. It boasts of sweeping curves, significant climbs and drops, variable surfaces, and a straightaway that stretches for more than a mile. Over the decades, the Nurburgring has been considered as a definitive one-lap test that has become a yardstick that measures the true worth of production cars.

Considering how Chevrolet cornered all ends to make the 2017 Camaro ZL1 special both in looks and performance, it was not surprising to learn that the most recent Nurburgring run has led to a new record. A recent footage released by the American carmaker has shown the 2017 Camaro ZL1 cruising through the Nurburgring, recording a lap time of 7:29.60.

This means that the next generation Camaro is a lot faster than its predecessor, which had completed the same circuit with a time of 7:41.27. Compared to other production cars, the new Camaro ZL1 is faster in the Nurburgring than the Mercedes SLS AMG GT (lap time of 7:30.00), Porsche 911 GT2 (lap time of 7:31.00), Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (lap time of 7:32.00) and Porsche 911 Turbo S (lap time of 7:32.00). However, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is slower than the Porsche Carrera GT (lap time of 7:28.71), McLaren MP4-12C (lap time of 7:28.00), Ferrari 458 Italia (lap time of 7:28.00) and BMW M4 GTS (lap time of 7:27.88). Overall, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 is the 30th fastest production car in the Nurburgring, with the record held by Radical SR8L M (lap time of 6:48.00).

Aside from a few modifications – like a roll hoop as well as Sparco racing seats with six-point harnesses for safety reasons – the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 used in the Nurburgring is a completely stock version powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine providing 650 hp of output and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm) of torque and paired to a new 10-speed automatic. It also features ZL1-spec rear spoiler and diffuser, 11 heat exchangers and full underbody shielding.

Riding on 20-inch wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar rubber with Brembo brakes, this Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is provided with Magnetic Ride Control and Performance Traction Management. With a weight that is around 220 kg lighter than a regular Camaro, a stock Camaro could accelerate from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.5 seconds and reach a quarter of a mile in just 11.4 seconds.

Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, remarked that by exceeding the previous record, the latest generation serves as a testament to the advanced design and technology of the new ZL1. He added that the new generation Camaro ZL1 has been designed to take on the world’s most challenging track.

Press Release


Chevrolet today unleashed a time-attack video of the 2017 Camaro ZL1 lapping the Nürburgring Nordschleife in a blistering 7:29.60. The new ZL1’s lap time is 11.67 seconds quicker than the previous ZL1’s fast lap.

“To be almost 12 seconds 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. “From the improved aerodynamics, mass reduction and 650-horsepower LT4 to the Magnetic Ride Control, electronic limited-slip differential and Custom Launch Control, the ZL1 was designed to take on the world’s most challenging track, making it right at home on any track, road or drag strip anywhere.”

The only changes made to the ZL1 were the installation of data acquisition equipment, a roll hoop and Sparco racing seats with six-point harnesses. Otherwise, the car was production stock and included the following:

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
“Many fast laps around the Nordschleife are dramatic, with lots of oversteer and steering input,” said Drew Cattell, Camaro ride and handling engineer and driver of the hot lap. “Not so with the ZL1, which is extremely planted and stable, almost calm. With Magnetic Ride and great overall chassis balance, the ZL1 is all about being inch perfect at every turn and carrying a lot of speed.”

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