The all-new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is quicker than the previous ZL1 around the Nürburgring. Now the more shocking news is that the new ZL1 chop nearly 12 seconds off the old car's Nordschleife lap time.
Chevrolet promised big things when they made the début of the new, 650-HP Camaro ZL1 earlier this year. Now it seems like the company is making good on its promises, as in the recent lap timing record an automatic-equipped ZL1 just set a 7:29.60 lap at the Nurburgring, 11.67 seconds quicker than its predecessor, RoadAndTrack reported.
You can watch the lap record video below.
With a recorded time of 7 minutes, 29.6 seconds, Chevy's muscle car not only beat the last-generation ZL1's time around the 'Ring by 11.7 seconds, it also bested the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R's run by 3.0 seconds, reports CarAndDriver.
Camaro, despite being offered with a traditional six-speed manual transmission, it chose to run the ZL1 around the 'Ring with the car's was available for automatic transmission. Chevy notes that the car ran the 'Ring in Track mode with the transmission's Performance Algorithm Shift and the calibration that made all the gear selections over the track's nearly 13 miles of undulating tarmac.
The car has 70 more horsepower, 94 additional lb-ft of torque, and a claimed 200 fewer pounds of mass to push around when it is compared to its predecessor Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
The ZL1's supercharged V-8 certainly helped the big coupe establish this feat; also the car's Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 tires, revised suspension, and all new 10-speed automated transmission were the most important factors to set this record.
The ZL1 was spotted testing at the Nurburgring a few months ago, and it looked incredibly fast. It's not surprising given how sophisticated the new Camaro's chassis is.
The base price for the 2017 ZL1 is tagged at $62,000.