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 ZL1 1LE — the ultimate Camaro track-day model — leads the 2018 Camaro lineup, taking the track-focused 1LE legacy to an unprecedented level. With racing-based suspension and aero technologies, as well as Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R summer-only tires,* the ZL1 1LE represents the most extreme track-focused Camaro to date.
The new ZL1 1LE Extreme Track Performance Package (order code A1Z) will cost $7,500, bringing MSRP of the 2018 ZL1 1LE to $69,995, which includes the $995 destination freight charge.
“In the long, storied history of Camaro performance, there’s never been another model that matches the capability of the ZL1 1LE,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet cars and crossovers marketing director. “With the addition of the new 650-horsepower ZL1 1LE, the Camaro lineup is more diverse and exciting than ever, offering customers the ability to select and personalize their ultimate performance car.”
It’s taken me what feels like a LONG time to come around and allow the Camaro’s new look grow on me. It’s not that I disliked it in the beginning – I just didn’t see much of a difference going from one generation to the next. Some car companies seem to stretch out a real, noticeable design for too long. Cadillac did it with the DeVille/DTS. Lexus did it with the LS460. New generations that you could bearly tell apart. And that’s how I felt about the sixth generation Camaro.
The thing is – pictures do not do the car justice. Seeing the car in person, most specifically on the road, makes all the difference. That’s not to say I now “see the light” and the sixth generation Camaro really is SO different – it isn’t. But it looks great. It’s a real head-turner and I like it MUCH better than the fifth generation – which I liked very much.
I’m more of a big, luxury car kind of guy and the Chevy Impala or Chevy SS would probably be a better fit for me. But it’s hard not to want a new Camaro SS or ZL1. The performance is, to me, just astonishing. Neither of these would be the fastest cars I’ve owned – but they’re pretty close to perfect right out of the showroom.