As we know, only the fastest and most worthy cars take on the Nurburgring, and one of those models include the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE with a lap time of 7:16.04. Though it may not be the record holder, it still made its mark around the Green Hell. One thing we have just learned though is that this model will never make it to European streets, this is because of the European pedestrian safety standards.
Unlike the standard ZL1, the ZL1 1LE variant overall has a more aggressive body kit, front splitter, massive front dive planes and a huge carbon-fiber rear wing. These aerodynamic components make it extra aggressive and a menace on the track, according to Motor Trend. Apart from good looks, the main purpose of the dive planes is to cool the car down, while adding downforce when on the track, but this also makes the vehicle more threatening to pedestrians, according to EU safety rules. In fact, giving the ZL1 LE the dive planes alone are enough reason to buy the car, while also making it illegal on the road.
If you want to convert your standard ZL1 to a 1LE, you will have to shell out an extra $7,500 over the ZL1’s standard price, which includes a number of upgrades. Both trims come equipped with a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 with 650 horsepower (485 kilowatts) and 650 pound-feet (880 Newton-metres) of torque. The main difference is that the 1LE gives it a diet where it loses 60 pounds (27 kilograms) off the standard ZL1 - thanks to its thinner rear windows, and fixed rear seats.
With the 1LE package, the ZL1 becomes race ready. This is because of Multimatic’s Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve dampers with a wider but smaller set of black split-spoke wheels, wrapped with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R rubber, and the three-way adjustable rear stabilizer bar.
With all that additional features plus the weight loss, the ZL1 1LE becomes so much faster around the Nurburgring compared to the standard Camaro ZL1. In fact, it even beats the Ferrari 488 GTB, the Nissan GT-R and the newest 911 GT2 RS’ lap time.
As mentioned earlier, the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE will not pass European safety standards, but luckily for the United States residents, it complies with U.S. laws. This model has a starting price of $69,995, which already includes the destination fee of $995. For European buyers, they will have to deal with memories of the American V8 model. But that shouldn’t be so bad for them because they can still get the standard ZL1 anyway.