Once a year, Car and Driver rounds up the best performance cars on the market and has them do one simple thing: clock a hot lap at Virginia International Raceway.
Last year, the Camaro SS 1LE and V6 1LE showed what they were made of, but all eyes were on the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE this year. Eyes will widen at these results: the Camaro ZL1 1LE was just two seconds shy of the top dog, a 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R.
The German brute clocked a 2:43.4 time around VIR, while the Camaro ZL1 1LE managed a 2:45.7. Not only did the Camaro ZL1 1LE dust every other car in its price category, but it also managed to three other cars in the top-price class. The Camaro ZL1 1LE was quicker than a 911 Turbo S, Nissan GT-R Track Edition and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio to name a few.
Meanwhile, the regular Camaro ZL1 managed a 2:50.1 time, which was also enough to place it ahead of some very formidable opponents, including the GT-R Track Edition.
Other than the raw times, the Camaro ZL1 1LE came out on top in a few performance data points. The muscle car turned track toy returned some of the highest average speeds around VIR. Let’s not forget, all of this comes with a price tag of just $69,995. Expensive for a Camaro? Sort of, but the data provides a value proposition.