Who’d ever thought Chevy’s pony car would ever crack 200 mph from the factory?! Of course this little tid-bit of information comes with a slight caveat, but still, it’s a freaking Camaro!
The caveat: You’ll need to adjust the camber to zero degrees, bring the tire pressure up to the max 44 psi, and have plenty of safe, legal space to make the run.
The General brought the Camaro ZL1 out to Automotive Testing Papenburg GmBH, located in Papenburg, Germany, to set in stone just how bad ass of a car it had built. The test track has two (very) long straights capped by a couple banked turns with one lap equaling just over 7.5 miles. That’s a lot of room for the 650 horsepower, 10-speed automatic transmission equipped Camaro to stretch its legs.
To make a proper claim of top speed, you need to make a pass up and back. With wind speed correction, the average speed of the 2017 Camaro ZL1 was 198 mph. During one of the passes, however, the Camaro was able to reach a top speed of 202.3 mph. GM states when they made the camber and tire pressure adjustments, they achieved an average of over 200 mph. Wow, right? Well, the Charger Hellcat has a claimed top speed of 205 mph, but it has more power, and stuff… okay it doesn’t sound as impressive when a 4-door family sedan can eek out a sports car, so we’ll just glass over that and focus on cars that can turn, too. The Camaro is in Ferrari 458 territory! YAY!
Other impressive numbers out of the Camaro ZL1 include a zero-to-60 time of 3.5 seconds and a quarter mile crossing of 11.4 seconds with a trap speed of 127 mph. Not bad for a factory four-seater on street tires. Keep in mind that the ZL1 is powered by a supercharged V-8, so it’s only a tune and a few mild modifications away from making you crap yourself, if the stock setup doesn’t already do that, of course.
So how much will it cost you to own a car that can sweep the Nurburgring faster than a Koenigsegg CCX? The starting MSRP is $62,835 and we think that’s a damn bargain of the century. Now, this doesn’t account for dickhead-dealerships and their “market adjustments,” but if you’re handy with a computer, you should be able to nail one down for sticker.