How quickly do you think the Porsche 911 Turbo S can make its way around the Nürburgring? How about the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, or the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG? The Ferrari 430 Scuderia? Would you believe all those amazing machines have been timed at around seven minutes, forty seconds around the famous German race track.

And so has the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

Driven by GM test driver Aaron Link, using a production-spec car with no performance modifications, the 580-horsepower (and 556 pound-feet of torque) ZL1 proved 40 seconds faster than the regular-grade Camaro SS, says the automaker. It's also a bit quicker than the 7:59 recorded by GM for the Cadillac CTS-V, though not quite as blistering as the Corvette Z06 and ZR1.

You might be saying that such timing exercises are meaningless, and for the most part, you'd be right. There is no official production car lap board kept anywhere but in enthusiasts' heads and hearts (oh, and on Wikipedia...), but fast times are invaluable marketing material and are at least an interesting comparative mental exercise.

Know what's even better than a press release (or a tweet) touting a notable 'Ring performance? A video. You'll find both patiently waiting right after the break.



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Camaro ZL1 Laps Nuburgring in 7:41.27

2011-10-06

DETROIT – The 2012 Camaro ZL1 recently recorded a 7:41.27 lap at the Nurburgring. That is nearly 40 seconds quicker than a Camaro SS tested at the legendary German track in 2009. Measuring 12.9 miles (20.8 km) and including some 154 turns, the Nurburgring's Nordschleife ("north loop") is widely considered the world's most-demanding course.

The Camaro ZL1 used for the lap was a production-intent model, with no performance modifications, driven by Camaro Performance Engineer Aaron Link. The Camaro ZL1 recorded its time of 7:41.27 from a flying start.

"The Nurburgring is unlike any track in the world," said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. "Each lap includes fast straights, sweeping off-camber turns, hairpin corners, and elevation changes. In order to do well on the 'Ring, the car has to do everything well – including acceleration, braking, and lateral grip. Breaking an eight-minute lap in a 2+2 production car is a tremendous accomplishment, and validates that the Camaro ZL1 will truly be track-ready from the showroom."

More than 30 percent of the Camaro SS was re-engineered for the Camaro ZL1, which arrives at U.S. dealerships in the first quarter of 2012.

The Camaro ZL1 features a supercharged 6.2L "LSA" engine SAE-rated at 580 horsepower (432 kW) and 556 lb.-ft. of torque (754 Nm) – making it the most-powerful production Camaro ever. Power is delivered to the rear wheels by either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

The ZL1's power is complemented by exclusive performance technologies, including the third-generation of Magnetic Ride suspension and Performance Traction Management.

Additional track-ready features standard on the Camaro ZL1 include coolers for the engine, transmission and rear differential, cooling ducts for the Brembo brakes, and a high-performance fuel system delivers fuel to the LSA engine under any performance-driving condition.

"The ZL1's full capability is evident at the Nurburgring," said Link. "One of the best moments is coming through 'Fuchsröhre', or Foxhole. The ZL1 accelerates at an unbelievable rate down through the tunnel of trees, and into a sweeping left-hand corner flat out in fifth gear. You have to have an extremely well-mannered, confidence-inspiring car to take any corner at 160 mph without lifting off the throttle – and the ZL1 was just brilliant."

About Chevrolet

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      Kris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, it's faster than $170,000 M3 GTS and it's only a second slower than $450,000 McLaren Mercedes SLR. Look it from this angle and this is quite an achievement. I'm not sure I like the car, but damn it's fast!
      Thipps
      • 3 Years Ago
      so where is everyone hating on the car now? calling it a "pig" or saying it needs to loose 400 pounds before they would take one....bla bla bla how does that foot taste? Like i always say to people reading the spec sheets on cars or playing forza and thinking they know everything. heavy cars CAN handle and be fast, they just have to make up for the extra weight with power and mechanical grip. i thought this was a simple concept, but i still see people saying it which must be hard to do as this pig just ran a 7:41! sorry for another rant on this subject
        cashsixeight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Thipps
        I'll hate on it. It's hard to see out of, and it's owned by douchebags. If you want a cockmobile, get one. >shrug<
      Junkyard Willie
      • 3 Years Ago
      I use to be a hard core BMW fanboy but, after GM step up with the CTS-V in 2004 and so on with the other muscle cars I never look back. I drove a 2009 BMW M3 and a 2011 CTS-V Coupe and I have to say the American car company's really step there game up big time.
      zeus
      • 3 Years Ago
      The one thing I do like is the fact that these cars (as well as the viper that just took back the record) is the fact thay they still use a conventional manual transmission... Just imagine what a car like this would be able to do ( not that it needs it obviously) with a fancy trani. either way, even if you are not a GM fan you do have to admit they are doing a good job when it comes to performance when it comes to this car.
      Harry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice driving. Great car, though to be honest this isn't really the right forum for it as it isn't really a track tool...it looks downright scary in a few places with the weight transfer. I believe those are street tires...the amount of tire squeal is quite significant and consistent with stock street rubber. The driver (whose skills are impressive) has to somewhat manhandle the thing around. It may match a Porsche GT3 lap time over a single lap, but the GT3 could easily do it over and over again where I think one would be hard pressed to string together many laps in this thing at that pace (this being the difference between dedicated track weapon and a street muscle car that is taken to the track). Of course, as a muscle car this thing does exactly what it is supposed to do, eating up the straights with incredible power and authority. The fact that it can get so far below an 8 min time is like an awesome bonus on top of that, so with that I say go GM, and thank you for making this awesome machine.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, that thing seems to handle like a dream. In the first parts, there's no fight to it at all and when he drifts it is completely neutral. He only has to catch the car at all twice (once at 5:46, the other at the end). I'm very impressed. This thing really seems to be about more than just power. And speaking of power, between the big frontal area and lower HP, it runs out of steam a bit earlier than the ZR1 on the straight.
        Danaon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        It has the Gen 3 magnetorheological suspension, while the ZR1 has to make due to Gen 2. I know people complain a lot about how much it weighs, but they really underestimate that suspension. You could make a city bus handle with that suspension.
          EB110Americana
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Danaon
          Yeah, but then all the school bus Kool-Aid drinkers would be out in force...posting how it wasn't a stock suspension with barely legal shaved DOT dually slicks...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        [blocked]
      Cursethedawn
      • 3 Years Ago
      You gotta love the modern muscle car wars! I own a Mustang but love to watch them all. So next up is Dodge gonna bump up the Challenger with the V-10 from the Viper??
        tkosoccer03
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Cursethedawn
        nothing frustrates me more when people incorrectly classify cars.. LISTEN UP FOLKS!!! the camaro is not a muscle car, nor is the mustang. they are pony cars.. why? because that's how history classified them.
          Cursethedawn
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tkosoccer03
          Some people will flame about anything. Pony cars were part of the muscle car era sonny.
          Lemon
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tkosoccer03
          They might technically be pony cars, but the camaro/mustang/challenger are the closest things to muscle cars that you can buy today.
          Redline
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tkosoccer03
          Wow, looked this up, thanks for the info.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Cursethedawn
        Pony cars were never apart of muscle car era. The muscle car era came around in 1961 with the Impala, Tempest, and many other large cars of that era. Pony cars were apart of a separate era. None of them ever competed directly with muscle cars.
      BillS
      • 3 Years Ago
      this car has been lightened....... they took the rear view mirror off. :)
        Fierce5
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BillS
        THEY HAVE TO because they have more than 30 pounds of equipments to record the video that you can see here and to record data. I like how you noticed the mirror is gone but you didn't think how they shot the video
        Lemon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BillS
        Hahaha I noticed the same thing....those CHEATERS! lol I bet it would be 8 min plus with the rearview mirror on
        Sean McCollum
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BillS
        Can't see out the back anyway, so they made the rearview mirror an option ;)
      thedriveatfive
      • 3 Years Ago
      God I hope pricing is not higher then the shelby.
      Christopher Burns
      • 3 Years Ago
      173 MPH @ 6000 RPM IN 5TH GEAR (7:35)
        Paul M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Christopher Burns
        That was impressive, though it seemed like it took forever to get there.
        protovici
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Christopher Burns
        5th gear is for top end and 6th gear is for mpg.
          tkosoccer03
          • 3 Years Ago
          @protovici
          if it's anything like the ZR1 or the CTS-V, not so... and i suspect that IS the case, seeing that the LSA/tranny setup is very similar to the LS9.. however,
      Trent
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car is going to make things interesting. Would you want the GT500 or the ZL1? I can't wait to see what Ford is going to do next and this game of leap frog keeps things interesting.
      Junkyard Willie
      • 3 Years Ago
      WOW! Are you guys serious? 177 comments? GM really piss off a lot of people with this new up and coming product, you know what they say if you got haters you be doing something right.
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