There’s surmounting evidence the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro may be one of the best performance cars on the market at this moment. Despite its downfalls (such as its exterior styling and sightlines) there’s no denying the sixth-generation Camaro ticks many of the necessary performance car boxes.
That’s why the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE was invited to Motor Trend‘s Best Driver’s Car competition. However, the story may not be the fact it matches and ties the Shelby Mustang GT350 R and the BMW M4 GTS. It might be that this 2017 Camaro SS 1LE is quicker than a fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.
Keep in mind, the previous Camaro Z/28 was an all-out track warrior, not suited for daily driving in the slightest. It had one speaker, no air conditioning and a giant 7.0-liter LS7 under the hood. The 2017 Camaro SS 1LE is simply a performance package added on to a standard Camaro 1SS trim.
So, how’d it do? The fifth-generation Camaro Z/28 managed to scoot around Laguna Seca raceway in 1:37.82. The Camaro SS 1LE did it in 1:37.78. As young Vin Diesel once said, it doesn’t matter if it’s by an inch or a mile: winning’s winning.