Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 And Camaro ZL1 1LE Face Off On The Track

The Chevrolet Camaro has developed so dramatically in recent years that it’s easy to think it’s now become the company’s flagship performance car. However, it’s the Corvette that still holds that crown.

As it stands, the range-topping Camaro is the ZL1 1LE, powered by a mammoth 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine delivering 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Those figures are identical to the C7-generation Corvette Z06, but that vehicle is no longer the fastest and most expensive road-going Corvette sold.

Instead, that honor has been passed on to the Corvette ZR1, a brand new model outfitted with a bespoke supercharged 6.2-liter LT5 V8 delivering 755 hp and 715 lb-ft. Just how much faster does this make the Corvette over the Camaro?

To find out, Sport Auto Magazine in Germany pitted the two U.S. performance cars together around the Hockenheim circuit for a shootout.

Unsurprisingly, it was the ZR1 that reigned supreme on the day, recording a fastest lap of 1:06.9. The best the Camaro ZL1 1LE could manage was a 1:09.6, a very respectable time in its own right.

Beyond its power and torque advantage, the Corvette ZR1 tested was also fitted with a 10-speed automatic transmission, whereas the Camaro utilized a six-speed manual.

Customers of the Corvette ZR1 will pay big bucks for the extra performance though. Pricing for the Camaro ZL1 1LE starts at $69,995 but the Corvette ZR1 coupe costs a full $50,000 more, demanding $119,995 before any options are ordered.



    • Bo Hanan

      And one of them just got its 755HP a$$ kicked by a McLaren 720S.

  • Shane

    It’s nice to see the Camaro (and Mustang for that matter) to finally have focus on more than just the 1/4.

  • john1168

    The ZR1 has a 100hp advantage along with a quick shifting 8 speed auto and carbon ceramic brakes. The Camaro has arguably a better chassis but has steel brakes, a 6 speed manual and 100 less hp… Is 3 seconds quicker around this track good? I’m not putting down the ZR1 but I expected more of a time difference than that.

    • DMax

      At the level of performance these cars are at, 3 seconds is a huge difference especially on a small track like this. This will roughly translate to 15-20 seconds on the Ring.

      • john1168

        Thanks! I was trying to find out how big this track was but found conflicting information. The track they’re racing on looks about under 3 miles but the actual track can be 4 or more miles long or longer depending on who’s racing there I think.

  • FactChecker90803

    1st off, the C7 has an 8 speed quick shifting automatic not a 10 speed. 2nd why didn’t they get the ZL1 1LE with the 10L/90 Fast Shifting transmission since that would be more comparable to the ZR1.

    • john1168

      I thought the same thing at first but then I remembered the 1LE ONLY comes with the 6 speed manual. The regular ZL1 comes with the 10 speed but NOT all the fancy aero bits the 1LE comes with.

  • SteersUright

    Visibility is horrid in both of these, something utterly unacceptable in cars this fast.

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