Those of you with little brothers may remember the first time he got the better of you in a fight. Well, that just happened for the Corvette team as the 2017 Camaro ZL1 just posted an official top speed run of 202 mph!
Chevrolet was in Germany testing the new Camaro ZL1 on the Automotive Testing Papenburg GmBH proving grounds which has 7.6 mile high speed oval.
The fastest and most capable Camaro made two runs on the track, one in each direction. The average speed for both runs was 198 mph, but the Camaro ZL1 hit a high of 202.3 mph in one direction and a 193.3 mph in the other.
“The ZL1 was developed with high-speed performance in mind, incorporating a balanced aerodynamic package that reduces lift without significantly affecting drag,” said Camaro’s Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser. “After testing the car in standard settings, which produced the 198-mph average, we set the front and rear camber adjustments to 0 degrees and the tire pressures to the maximum allowable sidewall pressure, and saw the ZL1 average over 200 mph.”
The high speed run demonstrates the very close performance capabilities for the top-of-the-line Camaro vs Chevrolet’s Corvette Z06. And while the Camaro’s average top speed may “only” be 198 mph when averaged, all a Corvette Z06 owner will see is that the car hit 202 mph in an official test setting.
The Corvette team has never officially offered a similar video with the C7 Corvette Z06 like they did with the C6 Corvette ZR1 back in April 2008. Google can’t even agree on what the C7 Corvette Z06 top speed is, but I think in a “Ask Tadge” question on the Corvette Forum, he said to be 195 mph. If I am wrong on that, please feel free to chime in!
The Corvette Z06 is still faster in the 0-60 mph sprint (2.9 seconds for Z06/w 8-speed auto vs 3.5 seconds for ZL1’s 3.5 seconds with 10-speed auto) and quarter mile speed (10.95 at 127 mph for Z06 vs 11.4 at 127 mph), but Camaro having the bragging rights to the fastest top speed vehicle in Chevrolet’s fleet won’t sit well with the Corvette faithful.
For those interested in going fast, the Camaro offers the 200 mph supercar performance at a price that is about $16,000 off from the base 1LZ Corvette Z06 MSRP of $79,450. The 2017 Camaro ZL1 is priced at $63,435 with manual transmission and $65,830 for the coupe with the 10-speed automatic.
For the Corvette folks out there that are fretting about Camaro stealing some of the Corvette’s performance bandwidth, waiting in the wings for its big reveal is the 2018 Corvette ZR1 that’s been spotted with new front aerodynamics and a really big wing.