It’s time to watch the Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE bury the needle in a top speed run.
The regular Camaro ZL1 can hit a top speed of 190 mph thanks to its 6.2-L supercharged V8 engine, but this is no ordinary Camaro. The 1LE track package is designed to turn this powerful muscle car into a track day racer thanks to the new suspension, more downforce, and bigger brakes.
Power remains the same as the ZL1, which means 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is also the same at around 3.5 seconds. Weight is a little bit higher at 3,820 lbs thanks to added components such as a new active dual-mode exhaust, a larger front splitter with integrated dive planes, and a larger carbon fiber rear wing with 300 lbs of added downforce.
The ZL1 comes with Chevy's Magnetic Ride Control suspension, but the 1LE has Multimatic DSSV adjustable dampers to let it attack corners at speed. A performance data recorder lets you record track times, while a track cooling package lets the car race all day long.
Available in 10-speed automatic or 6-speed manual, the ZL1 1LE is designed to be fast around corners. Which is actually a problem for a top speed run.
You see, all that added downforce means that this car is experiencing 300 lbs more weight and a ton more drag when it’s traveling faster than 100 mph. A normal ZL1 can hit 190 mph, but the 1LE takes that down a few notches.
Johnny Bohmer is here to once again show us how fast these expensive cars can go. The Camaro ZL1 is easily able to blow pass 100 mph in no time at all, but once it hits 150 mph you can see the extra downforce makes each tick of the speedometer that much more of a struggle.
The ZL1 tops out at 178.387 mph after 2.7 miles and almost completely buries the needle.
Sadly, time might be running out for the Camaro. Chevrolet has no plans to replace the venerable muscle car after 2023, and the Z/28 program has already been canceled.