2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 drops a 7:29 at the ‘Ring

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 took its inaugural (at least on camera) hot laps around Germany’s famed Nurburgring racetrack. It left with a time of 7 minutes, 29.6 seconds, a full 11 seconds faster than the previous ZL1.

The new ZL1 shares Chevy’s LT4 V8 with the Corvette Z06 to make 650 hp and somewhere around the same amount of twist. It also gets a ten-speed, paddle-shifted automatic transmission, which we can see the driver using in the video; of course, it’s rear-wheel drive. We got our first look at the ZL1 at the New York Auto Show this year, and Chevy announced the price ($62,135) a few months later. The sprint to 60 mph should take 3.5 seconds, says Chevy.

That 7:29 ‘Ring time bests cars with way higher prices and more exotic drivetrains, including the old Koenigsegg CCX, Porsche GT3 (991) and the Ferrari 458 Italia. The original American-spec Nissan GT-R is slightly quicker, as is the current Huracan and McLaren MP4-12C.

Either way, nice company to be in.

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