The 2017 Camaro ZL1 made a record speed run of 198 mph (318 km/h) recently, making it one of the fastest Chevrolets you can buy—even faster than a Corvette Z06.
The ’Vette’s also rated at 198 mph, but the unmodified Camaro actually pulled off a 202.3-mph (325.5-km/h) pass on the 7.6-mile (12.2-km) Automotive Testing Papenburg GmBH in Germany, eclipsing the big 200.
Of course, high-speed pulls are usually performed twice, in opposite directions, so that advantages from wind and track conditions are accounted for; a 193-mph (310-km/h) return pass averaged the ZL1’s overall numbers to 198 mph.
The test ZL1 was stock other than some added safety and data logging gear, and it made the runs down Papenburg’s 2.5-mile (4-km) straights and around its banked oval-ends flat-out, putting all of the LT4 V8’s 650 horses to the Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 tires.
The 198-mph top speed puts it not far off of the Dodge Charger Hellcat’s 204-mph (328-km/h) top end figure, and in the wheelhouse of many exotic supercars that cost much more than the ZL1’s $64,000 US base price.