The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is certainly not a one-trick pony. Heck, we wouldn’t even call it much of a pony car anymore. That’s not only apparent in its on-paper specs, but in real world performance, too.
And it’s fast. Really fast. The 2017 Camaro ZL1 was able to clock a 198 mph top speed during testing at the High-Speed Oval at Germany’s Automotive Testing Papenburg GmBH. The ZL1 just missed the famed 200 mph figure after a second run of 193.3 mph brought down the vehicle’s average top speed to only 198 mph. The first run showed off an incredibly fast 202.3 mph, shown via the Performance Data Recorder as proof positive.
Chevrolet said the top speed run featured zero modifications to the ZL1 with the factory tires inflated to 44 psi, recommended for high-speed driving. Only testing equipment was outfitted for safety and data logging. The brand also said the steep banking on the 7.6 mile oval (49.7 degrees) allowed drivers to push the Camaro ZL1 flat out for the entire run. No brakes, just the accelerator pedal as your buddy, pal and only friend.
We doubt many potential owners will be gunning for top speed records around a high-speed oval, but the testing does translate to an 11.4 second quarter mile time at the dragstrip with the 10-speed automatic gearbox and all 650 ponies propelling your forward
The top speed not only makes the 2017 Camaro ZL1 the fastest Camaro ever produced but one of the fastest cars on sale today, even faster than the 2017 C7 Corvette Z06. However, still not quite as quick as the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V, which GM claims will go a solid 200 mph.