Could Chevy be attempting to set a new lap record?
It’s not just the Z/28: Chevrolet engineers are also testing the Camaro ZL1 at the Nürburgring. In this new video shot at the Green Hell, a pair of 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupes blast around the Nordschleife.
Both cars roar as they make their way around the track, with a rumbling and snarling soundtrack provided by the 640-hp, 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine. Body pitch and roll are kept to a minimum and the ZL1s stay composed even over rough sections of the track, thanks no doubt in part to the Camaro’s Magnetic Ride Control suspension.
Other chassis upgrades compared to a standard Camaro include lightweight 20-inch wheels shod in Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires, an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, and Brembo brakes with 15.4-inch front rotors. The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 also scores new bodywork with a functional aerodynamic splitter and diffuser, plus wider front fenders and a vented hood. Buyers pick between a six-speed manual transmission or a new 10-speed automatic; the red car testing here apparently has the automatic while the blue has a manual transmission. As well as the coupes seen here, there will also be a convertible body style of the new ZL1.
Chevrolet has made Nürburgring testing a staple of its development process for new performance cars, so it’s no surprise to see the Camaro ZL1 testing here. We’re eager to see, however, whether the automaker is trying to lay down a high-speed lap to earn bragging rights in the sports-car world. The outgoing Camaro Z/28, for instance, famously set a 7:37 lap around the ‘Ring, an impressive figure even by today’s performance standards. Either way, we’re sure Chevy engineers are simply happy these ZL1 testers kept off the grass.