Chevy Takes Camaro ZL1 To Over 200 MPH In High-Speed Run

Chevrolet has been testing the Camaro ZL1’s top speed on the High Speed Oval at Germany’s Automotive Testing Papenburg proving ground, hitting an average of 198 mph (318 km/h).

The actual top speed the car managed to hit was 202.3 mph (325.5 km/h), however Chevrolet had to average that against the return run (193.3 mph / 311 km/h), as the ZL1 was flung in both directions on the 7.6-mile (12.3 km) loop.

“The test caps an impressive list of performance stats for the Camaro ZL1, which was designed to excel at everything,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “It’s the most capable, and fastest Camaro ever.”

This high speed run was conducted on the ZL1’s production-spec Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 tires, with the pressure set at 44 psi – which is the recommended pressure setting for extended high-speed driving.

The Papenburg oval features 2.5 miles (4 km) of straights and 1.3 miles (2.15 km) of turns with a 49.7-degree banking on the top lane. This banking allowed Chevy test drivers to run the ZL1 flat out without lifting off in the turns.

“The ZL1 was developed with high-speed performance in mind, incorporating a balanced aerodynamic package that reduces lift without significantly affecting drag,” added 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 2017 Camaro ZL1 is priced from $63,435, which means settling (or not) for the manual transmission. If you want the 10-speed automatic, that’s upwards of $65,830.


  • Mafio

    Funny. Another site, that I’m 99.99% you guy read, said it only did 198. Anyway, good thing most of these Camaro’s will end up in the hands of fat, old, white men.

    • smartacus

      and those “fat, old, white men”

      didn’t have reading comprehension and mathematics issues
      preventing them from reading right there in the body of the article
      how it was 202MPH one way and 193MPH the other
      averaging out to about 188 MPH 🙂

      • Mafio

        How do you make a point, then immediately throw your own point under the bus?

        • smartacus

          how do you even see the keyboard through all the ganja smoke?

    • Holmer_k

      I read 198 too. It was on Jalopnik I think. Of course, since it is still in development, that is likely subject to change.

  • Impressive

    Pretty impressive given the snout of the Camaro is a wall. One can only wonder how much faster the run would have been with less drag?

  • Craig

    FCA should be working like a dog to get the fat off of the Challenger. And not by taking parts OFF. Or come up with a new car. Imagine the Hellcat engine in something that weighs half-a-ton less?

    • Ben

      Yeah, they might do that IF they wanted to make a sports car. They clearly like to make usable, everyday muscle cars. Nothing wrong with that. Its like, not every shoe needs to be a NIKE running shoe. Some can be a nice casual shoes like Vans or maybe a good loafer.

  • john1168

    It did 198mph. A two way average. Still mighty impressive. And they need to put an aero kit on the Z06 Corvette that allows it to break 200mph. Computer adjustable front spoiler and rear wing would be ideal. Probably not gonna happen though…

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