With the 2013 Shelby GT500 putting out 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet torque, we're guessing that more than a few owners of the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will be looking to even things up via the aftermarket. The speed-obsessed guys over at Lingenfelter Performance Engineering are already putting a few options on the table with a three new upgrade packages that boost the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 to anywhere from 630 to 700-plus horsepower.

Apparently, Lingenfelter was eager to prove the merits of its work, and just a couple weeks after taking delivery of an early production Camaro ZL1 had it out on the track putting down times. The test car, pushing out 720 horsepower, laid down a 10.79 second quarter mile pass at Muncie Dragway in Albany, IN, and later recorded a 202 mph top speed at Continental Tire's proving grounds earlier this week. Coincidentally, that's the same top speed that the 2013 Shelby GT500 reached during its high speed testing at the Nardo Ring in Italy last year.

You can read more about Lingenfelter's upgrade packages for the 2012 Camaro ZL1 as well as more details on the high speed test in the press release below.

*UPDATE* We have also added a video of the top speed run that you can see below.


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DECATUR, Ind. - Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE) has demonstrated their high-horsepower expertise once again, becoming the first to exceed 200 mph in a new 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

Driven by HOT ROD magazine Editor-in-Chief David Freiburger, the Lingenfelter-tuned ZL1 Camaro hit 202.67 mph at the Continental Tire North America, Inc. Uvalde Proving Grounds in Uvalde, Texas on April 30, 2012.

"The Lingenfelter crew couldn't be more excited to make history as the first 2012 ZL1 Camaro to exceed 200 mph, and to celebrate this victory on the heels of becoming the first company to run a ZL1 in the 10s," said Ken Lingenfelter, owner, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. "We are very proud to have David drive our car and to share in this accomplishment with HOT ROD magazine, an icon in the world of speed and high-performance vehicles."

On April 18 - just two weeks after taking ownership of one of the first production ZL1 Camaros available to the public - Lingenfelter powered their ZL1 Camaro to its first record run in the 10s, making an impressive 10.79 quarter-mile pass at 134.36 mph at Muncie Dragway in Albany, Ind.

LPE engineers used their expertise to modify the ZL1 Camaro with a Lingenfelter GT9 camshaft; CNC ported cylinder heads; an increased supercharger speed thanks to a 2.3 top pulley and a 5% overdriven bottom pulley; a custom air intake with LPE's race mesh filter; Continental ExtremeContact(tm) DW tires and production ZL1 wheels. The LPE-tuned ZL1 makes 720 HP and 650 lbs. ft. of torque at the rear wheels.

Lingenfelter offers enthusiasts three supercharger upgrade packages - producing 630 HP to 700 HP - for the 6.2L ZL1 Camaro engine, delivering substantial improvements over the factory 580 HP and 556 lbs. ft. of torque while maintaining a safe level of boost and supercharger RPM. The LPE ZL1 Camaro Supercharger System Upgrade Packages are available for purchase and installation by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. For more information, visit www.lingenfelter.com.

For more than 34 years, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering has created a matchless heritage of bringing astounding new capabilities to the world's most sought-after sports cars. This legendary record of precision engineering continues today, as the highly skilled Lingenfelter production team continues to target design excellence in engine packages, superchargers and high-performance aftermarket components that refine power, speed and control. For more information, visit www.lingenfelter.com, contact Lingenfelter Performance Engineering at 1557 Winchester Road, Decatur, IN 46733, or call 260.724.2552.


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      maverick_02
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome! Glad to see that the horsepower race is alive and well!
      Thipps
      • 2 Years Ago
      all of the mustang fan boys have sooo much butt hurt its quite annoying, Yes we all know the gt 500 has more hp, (we read the article as well) but HP is not the entire story as you should have learned long long ago. last time i checked the Zl1 did the ring in 7:41 and VIR at 2:52 and thats crazy fast. lets just say these two cars are very fast and very different, no need to say one sucks because your a fan of the other...i
        ngiotta
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Thipps
        I agree that the ZL1 is fast around the 'ring, but the 2013 GT500 is 10 seconds faster. That's sick-- especially considering it doesn't have any of the fancy magnetic suspension nonsense that's on the Camaro.
          Julius
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ngiotta
          "the 2013 GT500 is 10 seconds faster" than 7:41... odd, because I haven't been able to find ANY quoted 2013 GT500 lap times around the Nurburgring... Although there's a VIR lap time where the GT500 is about 10 seconds faster... than a stock SS.
      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Big deal.... What's the displacement again? Here's a 2.0 liter 4 banger running 237mph in the standing mile. Drives in the rain, drives in the snow, holds groceries and 4 passengers, still gets 20mpg+. Inhale the practicality..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=1-jdEj5eMcM#t=36s But alas everyone is more focused on looks and burning the tires off. I'll get modded to oblivion for not liking one of the pre-selected socially acceptable show-off-ready cars.
        Mike
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Ya i am sure that will motor will not make it to 5k miles let alone 100k
          AcidTonic
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mike
          He's on year #3 with it..... street car full interior.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        OOOH ACID WITH THE KILLER HP/L TURBO 4 BANGER!!!1!!1! An impressive feat, 237 in the standing mile, but really, not everyone wants a high strung, extremely laggy little engine that needs to have the clutch dropped at 5k to stay in the narrow, spikey powerband. Nor do they want a hopped up Fast&Furious wannabe street racer scene dude shoving meaningless hp/L and AWD traction numbers down their throats, even in the comments section of Autoblog. You are worse than the Supra fanboys on Youtube who want everyone to believe their 10 year old clunker is better than a Ferrari Enzo because it has 2 watermelon sized turbos making 1000hp.
        OptimusPrimeRib
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        And deal with a horrible engine drone, an even worse ride and enough space for a family of four little people. Try overtaking someone in 5th gear on the highway and see the worst that turbo lag has to offer. I'll gladly take a heavy weight champ that will gladly pull those numbers all day on pump gas and be able to drive it back in comfort.
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @OptimusPrimeRib
          Agree on everything, except a 4 door Evo probably has tons more interior room than a Camaro.
          AcidTonic
          • 2 Years Ago
          @OptimusPrimeRib
          The turbo spools immediately in the higher gears.... You clearly never drove an Evo IX. There's 290ft/lbs before 4000rpm. In 5th the turbo spools before the pedal is all the way floored. It's immediate feedback. My 1997 Cobra in 5th was actually much worse and had almost no acceleration. It was also geared a lot higher and ran only 2000rpm at 80mph, hence no power in 5th.
        RodRAEG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Runs on pump gas?
        nitrostreet
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Yeah, I've looked into the 1000 HP "street" 4 bangers before and they always end up having a filled block, which by itself renders it non-streetable.
      Dan Schaub
      • 2 Years Ago
      HAHA the Slowmaro needs aftermarket parts and 702 horses to put down 202 top speed...GT500 does more with less...fact....ford just stepped their game up again and again AND they didn't need your tax dollars to do it...
        Camaroman101
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Schaub
        to get to the gt500s 200+ mph top speed you need the svt track packs oil and liquid coolers and to get the track pack you need to buy the svt performance package as well thats $6500 added onto the price tag. 61,500 for the gt500 vs 55,000 for the zl1. 6500 saved is a lot of mod money to make the zl1 faster
          Luke
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Camaroman101
          Will a stock ZL1 give you any options from the factory to add to hit 202? Didn't think so.
          jtav2002
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Camaroman101
          You talk as if this Lingelfelter car isn't going to cost much. You can almost guarantee it will hold more than a 6500 premium over the standard ZL1.
          Christopher
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Camaroman101
          $6,500 is not enough to math what the GT500 does. The Slomaro is so irrelevant
          Mike
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Camaroman101
          Camaronman101 that is completely incorrect. All 2013 GT500 coupes can reach 200+ MPH regardless of having the packs. Only the Vert is limited to 155 by a governor. Get your facts straight before you post.
        Martin Edmonds
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Schaub
        That "Slowmaro", even stock, will wipe the floor with any stock Mustang that's currently available at the dealership. AB doesn't need obviously biased idiots like you posting so STFU and leave the keyboard alone.
          jtav2002
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Martin Edmonds
          LOL and your opinion isn't biased? You're making a comparison of one model to an entire line. Lets look at the logical facts of each model. V6 Mustang vs. Camaro. Mustangs faster. Mustang GT vs Camaro SS. Mustangs faster. Boss 302....no applicable comparison. 2013 Mustang GT500 vs Camaro ZL1. Mustang higher top speed, need to wait to actually compare the 2 since that hasn't been actually done yet. So not sure how any Camaro is mopping the floor with anything, of course it's going to be faster than a Mustang GT, that's just a retarded comparison.
      AJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      ZL1 owners should just keep on licking their wounds.
      azamali01
      • 2 Years Ago
      well after aftermarket upgrade this car comes upto 600+hp and 202. i am wonderin if u put aftermarket upgrades to the new shelby where will it go upto :) camaro=sucks.
      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      It would be nice if the Camaro wasn't such a FAT FREAK! BD
      Kevin Holden
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ok, and a $150 pulley on a Shelby will keep it out front for sure...
      Christopher
      • 2 Years Ago
      This Lingenfelter vs GT500 talk is so irrelevant. People, the GT500 has 662 outta the box, off the show room floor, @ delivery, etc. Not after you bought one, discovered it's not top dog and need to send it some where to make it go faster. And just a note: The GT500's engine can be tuned to 1,000 hp. Which leads me to say, 700 is ok.
        Ron Symth
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Christopher
        Dude... HP does not mean a thing if you can not handle it on a track... It is sad when a can (ZL1) which has less HP blows it away on the track, the Ford gets tired and hot brakes and jumpy loose suspension and got it's ass kicked in the Nuremberg trials.. I can get 1000 HP from a VW Bug but that does not make it superior!!!
      Bavarian818
      • 2 Years Ago
      According to MotorTrend, the ZL1 Smoked the 500lb lighter "track ready" Boss 302. It was 2.7 sec faster around the streets of willow.... And according to MT, the 302 actually gained time on the Camaro on the straights (strange I know)... But check it out yourself!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE4AH4DZtEI Also, Remember this "Tuner" Comparo with the Detroit 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UskMEV0Z4Ys My money is on the 2013 ZL1 over the 2013 Super Snake at the Green Hell... Randy Probst claimed the ZL1 sets the new standard!!!! Just reporting the reported...
        Luke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bavarian818
        Considering that the Boss is NOT supercharged, does NOT have a computer nanny monitoring the shocks and making billions of adjustments per second (okay, not a billion, but we know how these GM boys love to exaggerate), for the ZL1 to beat the Boss by *ONLY* 2.7 seconds...? Not sure I'd be too proud of that. Especially considering, according to your own statement, that the Boss gained in the straights. Hey, to each his own, I suppose.
        Christopher
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bavarian818
        The Boss got beat. Smoked? I don't think so. Come on...Really? And get ready to lose that money.
        protovici
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bavarian818
        It started with the GT vs the SS. The camaro is not setting the standard Randy. Randy must be blind if he cant see what the inside looks like.
      amerifight
      • 2 Years Ago
      GT 1000 http://shelbyamerican.com/ Enough said!
      QCRamAir
      • 2 Years Ago
      Huh. So you CAN push a brick to 200 MPH with enough horsepower...
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