But at 198 miles per hour, it’s still the fastest Camaro ever built.
The new Chevy Camaro ZL1 has a 650-horsepower (485-kilowatt) V8, a 10-speed automatic that reportedly shifts faster than Porsche's PDK, and we know now, a top speed of nearly 200 miles per hour (321 kilometers per hour). The new ZL1 is given the crown "fastest Camaro ever" with a 198 mph (318 kmh) top speed.
In order to put that performance to the test, Chevy engineers took the new ZL1 to the High Speed Oval at Germany’s Automotive Testing Papenburg proving ground. The Camaro was run in both directions of the 7.6-mile (12.3 kilometer) loop, and compensating for wind speed, achieved a top speed of 202.3 mph in one direction, and 193.3 mph (311 kmh) going the other direction.
"This test caps an impressive list of performance stats for the Camaro ZL1, which was designed to excel at everything," said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. "It’s the most capable – and fastest –Camaro ever."
The ZL1 was running on production Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 tires with a recommended psi of 44 during the test. The only deviations from stock were the mandatory safety equipment and data logging systems placed throughout the car, inside and out.
Along with its impressive 198 mph top speed, the ZL1 is able to hit 60 mph (96 kmh) in just 3.5 seconds with the 10-speed automatic equipped, blast through the quarter mile in just 11.4 seconds at 127 mph (204 kmh), and achieve as much as 1.02gs in the corners.
Those interested in putting all that oomph in their driveway can pick up the Camaro ZL1 for $63,435 with the standard six speed manual transmission (including $995 destination), or $65,830 for the ZL1 with the 10-speed automatic. The drop-top version will be a bit more than that.
Gallery: 2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 unveiled with 640 hp [video]
Slide over to the next lane. The Camaro ZL1 Coupe has a top speed of
198 mph (318 km/h).
Chevrolet tested the max velocity of the ZL1 (with 10-speed automatic) on the High
Speed Oval at Germany’s Automotive Testing Papenburg GmBH proving ground.
Compensating for wind speed, the top speed is the average achieved from running the
ZL1 in both directions on the 7.6-mile (12.3 km) loop — 202.3 mph in one direction and
193.3 mph in the other direction.
“This test caps an impressive list of performance stats for the Camaro ZL1, which was
designed to excel at everything,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “It’s the
most capable — and fastest —Camaro ever.”
The Papenburg testing was conducted on the ZL1’s production Goodyear Eagle F1
Supercar 3 tires with pressure set at 44 psi, the recommended setting for extended
high-speed driving. The car’s only deviations from stock were mandatory safety
equipment and data logging equipment.
Papenburg’s high-speed oval features 2.5-mile (4 km) straights and 1.3-mile (2.15 km)
turns with 49.7-degree banking on the top lane. The steep banking allowed Chevrolet
test drivers to run the ZL1 flat out around the track without lifting off the throttle in the
“The ZL1 was developed with high-speed performance in mind, incorporating a
balanced aerodynamic package that reduces lift without significantly affecting drag,”
said Oppenheiser. “In fact, when we set the front and rear camber adjustments to 0
degrees and the tire pressures to the maximum allowable sidewall pressure, the ZL1
averaged over 200 mph.”
Special aero features include a stanchion rear spoiler that offers an advantageous
lift/drag ratio compared to a blade-style rear spoiler, and a patent-pending auxiliary
transmission oil cooler cover that reduces front-end lift with no drag penalty. The front-
to-rear aero balance was also fine-tuned for high-speed stability.
Additional performance capabilities of the ZL1 Coupe tested with the available 10-speed
automatic transmission include:
0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds
Quarter mile in 11.4 seconds at 127 mph
1.02g max cornering
60-0 mph braking in 107 feet (35 meters).
The 650-horsepower, supercharged LT4 engine powering the ZL1 is matched with a
standard six-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Match or an available, all-new
10-speed automatic transmission. Additional features include:
Magnetic Ride Control
Electronic limited-slip differential (coupe only)
20-inch forged aluminum wheels
Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 summer-only tires measuring 285/30ZR20 in
front and 305/30ZR20 in the rear*
Brembo brakes with six-piston Monobloc front calipers and two-piece rotors
The 2017 Camaro ZL1 starts at $63,435 for a coupe with the manual transmission
(price includes $995 destination and $1,300 gas guzzler tax) and $65,830 for a coupe
with the 10-speed automatic (price includes $995 destination and $2,100 gas guzzler