2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE Goes Flat-Out During Half-Mile Speed Test

A 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE was put to the test at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds, in Florida, the same place where many supercars and hypercars, such as the mighty Bugatti Chiron, demonstrated their prowess recently.

Set loose on the runway that’s 3.22 miles (5.15 km) long and 300 feet (91.44 meters) wide, the muscle car didn’t use the entire length of the course, as the purpose of the test was to see how fast it is during a half-mile run and what speed it can achieve over this distance.

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The people behind the power demonstration used a stock 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE, whose 6.2-liter, supercharged V8 produces 650 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 650 pound-feet (881 Nm) of torque at 3,600 rpm. Tipping the scales at 3,820 lbs (1,733 kg), it needs 3.5 seconds for the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) and has a 202 mph (325 km/h) top speed.

The model came with the standard six-speed manual transmission, which channels the output to the rear wheels. Customers can also opt for a 10-speed automaticthat costs $1,595, bumping the price of the car to $73,290 with the $7,500 ZL1 1LE Track Performance Package.

Unsurprisingly, the rivaling 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500, which broke cover earlier this summer as the company’s most powerful street-legal car ever, is estimated to be only $700 more expensive. Ford’s muscle car has 760 HP available on tap, and the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, which costs $200 more than the Chevy, has an even more impressive output of 797 HP.


  • Six_Tymes

    should taken the rear wing off, they would have gotten more speed from it

    • john1168

      Yeah. And it seemed like it took forever just to get past 60 mph, so it was slow off the line too. I think they could have done a lot better.

  • SteersUright

    This is such an epic sports car and a true bargain, if only you could see out of it. They effed up royally with the crap visibility and didn’t even try to correct it with the refresh. The Camaro SS I drove was leagues more agile and stiff than the Mustang GT, which felt ponderous and sloppy (thought looks much better). I’d love to think I would pick up a ZL1 some day but, such incredible performance in a package I can’t see out of seems silly and not that enjoyable.

    • My buddy has two ZL-1s. He’d never heard of them. I took him to drive one, one Saturday. Making 800+ and nearly 1,000 HP plus. He’s done 1/2 mile. Search 2018 Indy Airstrip Attack Half Mile Race in Camaro ZL1 with nitrous

      • SteersUright

        Funny you bring that up, when I test drove the SS there was a gorgeous ZL1 in the showroom. I commented to the salesman that I couldn’t get the car because the visibility was just awful for daily street use. He then responded “yeah, its true, its much easier to get used to it on the track but on regular roads with other cars and stuff around, its pretty bad.”
        I could see that too, if I was on a track, I’d probably not care as much. But driving the SS around in Miami’s horrible traffic with all of its horrendous blindspots was just not fun.

        • One of his is hardtop coupe, but the other is convertible, so… much better visibility. I ran into Tim Kuniskis (Head of Dodge Cars at the time) on Woodward avenue. After comparing shoes, I told him if he’d made a convertible Challenger, my buddy would have bought that. I’ve driven the Redeye (797) and recently the Trackhawk on tracks. Those are a blast. the Redeye is PERFECT muscle car. So much grunt.

        • Emoto

          The view from the 6th gen Camaro takes a little time to adjust to, but once you do, and if you adjust your mirrors properly, there is no issue driving in traffic.

  • robotlogic

    Wow, you can go fast in a strait line. Let’s see some track times.

    • performante

      The ZL1 1LE ran a 7:16.04 at the Nurburgring. It has proven itself plenty.

      • robotlogic

        Nice! That’s what I like to see.

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