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."

2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1


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.

Source: Chevrolet

 

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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

turns.

“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

tax).