The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has set a Nuburgring lap time of 7:41.27, a good 40 seconds faster than the standard Camaro SS. Chevrolet says the car was driven by engineer Aaron Link and carried no performance enhancements on top of the standard ZL1.
The laptime around the infamous track (which measures 20.8km long and contains 154 turns) puts the ZL1 within a few seconds of a Porsche 911 Turbo, but still a good 17 seconds behind the 2012 Nissan GT-R. Watch the lap below:
The ZL1 edition is a performance variant of the Camaro SS (which itself is a performance edition of a standard Camaro), with roughly 30 percent of the original car re-enginered for the Camaro ZL1. The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is powered by a supercharged 6.2L “LSA” V8 engine with 432 kW and a staggering 754 Nm of torque. This makes it the most-powerful production Camaro ever.
As with all American muscle cars, power is delivered to the rear-wheels (we suspect it may have some trouble dealing with all that torque) through a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. It also gains some additional features such as third-generation of Magnetic Ride suspension (something HSV fans might be familiar with) and Performance Traction Management.
Being a track ready variant of a performance car means Chevrolet has equipped the ZL1 with coolers for the engine, transmission, Brembo brakes and rear differential. A more performance orientated fuel system (pump, lines) is in charge of fuel delivery (fuel consumption figures haven’t been released yet, but we suspect they wont be pretty).
The Camaro ZL1’s achievement is something we can all be very proud of as the model is actually more Australian than most would have you believe. For a start, it’s based on a shortened version of the Holden Commodore’s Zeta architecture and a great deal of its engineering and design work was carried out in Melbourne.
Unfortunatly for us, it never made it here as an official model. The folks at Performanx International have been importing, converting and selling the model for some time but with the price north of $130,000, it’s not the ~$75,000 everyday Muscle car that Holden promised back in early 2010 (when it still planned to bring the vehicle here).