After recently teasing the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE’s trip to the Nürburgring, the Bowtie now reveals that the track-focused, supercharged sports coupe can lap the Green Hell in 7:16.04, which makes it the quickest Camaro ever around the course. Check out how the car handles the course’s famous curves in the video above.
For comparison, the ZL1 1LE’s time destroys the standard ZL1’s lap of 7 minutes and 29.6 seconds from last year. The hardcore Camaro also bests the C6 Corvette ZR1’s 7 minutes and 26.4 seconds, and the previous-generation Porsche 911 GT2 RS’ 7 minutes and 18 seconds.
According to Chevy, the ZL1 that achieved this impressive lap time had its adjustable dampers in an optimal setup for the course. It was using same high-performance Goodyear tires that consumers get with the package.
“With chassis adjustability unlike any vehicle in its peer group, the Camaro ZL1 1LE challenges supercars from around the world regardless of cost, configuration or propulsion system,” Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, said in Chevy’s announcement of the lap time. “To make up more than a second per mile on the Nordschleife compared to the ZL1 automatic is a dramatic improvement and speaks to the 1LE’s enhanced track features.”
The 1LE option package adds a variety of upgrades that makes the Camaro ZL1 an even better handling vehicle, including slicing off 60 pounds (27 kilograms). Multimatic’s Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve adjustable front and rear dampers are a big help for corner carving. Ultra-sticky Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R keep the coupe plannted to the road. The Bowtie also adds a revised body kit front dive planes at the front and a carbon-fiber rear wing. Like the regular ZL1, power comes from GM’s LT4 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 650 horsepower.
The 1LE option pack adds $7,500 onto the standard ZL1’s price. The coupes go on sale this summer for $69,995, including the $995 destination.
Gallery: 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 LE Lap Time
2018 ZL1 1LE SETS CAMARO RECORD AT NÜRBURGRING
Enhanced track capability elevates ZL1 1LE to fastest Camaro at famed track
DETROIT — The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE has conquered the Green Hell in a new video from Chevrolet, lapping the Nürburgring’s 12.9-mile (20.8 km) Nordschleife (“north loop”) in only 7:16.04, making it the fastest Camaro to ever lap the famed German track.
The ZL1 1LE’s time is quick enough to place it 13.56 seconds ahead of the Camaro ZL1 with 10-speed automatic that Chevrolet tested last year.
“With chassis adjustability unlike any vehicle in its peer group, the Camaro ZL1 1LE challenges supercars from around the world regardless of cost, configuration or propulsion system,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “To make up more than a second per mile on the Nordschleife compared to the ZL1 automatic is a dramatic improvement and speaks to the 1LE’s enhanced track features.”
The Camaro ZL1 1LE takes Chevrolet’s track-focused 1LE legacy to an even higher level, with racing-based adjustable suspension components — including Multimatic DSSV® (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) front and rear dampers — special front dive planes and carbon-fiber rear wing, and exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R summer-only tires,* in an extreme track performance package powered by the 650-horsepower LT4 supercharged V-8 engine.
The Nürburgring lap time was achieved with the ZL1 1LE test car’s suspension adjusted for optimal track performance and running the production Goodyear tires.
“The harder you push the Camaro ZL1 1LE, the more it rewards you on the track,” said Bill Wise, Camaro ride and handling engineer and the driver of the hot lap. “It offers total control, with the confidence that it will deliver lap after lap.”
The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE (order code A1Z) carries an MSRP of $69,995, which includes a $995 destination charge (excludes tax, title, license, dealer fees extra). It goes on sale this summer.
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*Do not use summer-only tires in winter conditions, as it would adversely affect vehicle safety, performance and durability. Use only GM-approved tire and wheel combinations. Unapproved combinations may change the vehicle's performance characteristics. For important tire and wheel information, go to https://my.chevrolet.com/learn/tires or see your dealer.