When General Motors introduced the sixth-generation Camaro, it touted the vehicle’s new Alpha platform as one of the main advantages over the outgoing fifth-generation Camaro. The Alpha chassis is much lighter and more athletic than the Zeta platform that underpinned the old Camaro, transforming Chevy’s familiar pony car into a bonafide road course ringer.
German automotive publication Sport Auto recently got its hands on a 2018 model year Camaro SS, which editors put through its paces for the June issue of the magazine. Sport Auto’s testing usually involves lapping the car around the Nurburgring or some other German race track, and that’s exactly what they did with the Camaro SS.
In the hands of Sport Auto’s resident hot lapper Uwe Sener, the 6.2-liter LT1 powered Camaro SS lapped the world-famous Hockenheim GP circuit in 1:59.9. That time probably doesn’t mean much to you if you have no frame of reference, but luckily Sport Auto has tested a slew of cars at Hockenheim. The latest Civic Type R lapped the circuit in 2:02.8s, while the Lamborghini Urus crossover lapped it in 1:57.1 and the Audi R8 lapped it in 1:53.3. All of these times were set on the track’s Grand Prix layout, which is the same configuration that is used when Formula 1 races at Hockenheim.
Sport Auto’s Camaro test car was equipped with GM’s eight-speed automatic transmission and the vehicle’s stock Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 tires. We’d be interested to see how that time compares with a Camaro SS 1LE around the track, or even a Camaro V6 1LE – although access to these vehicles is extremely limited in Europe. We’re surprised Sport Auto was able to procure a Camaro for testing purposes, to be honest.
Check out Sener’s hot lap in the video embedded above.