Carmakers love to talk about how fast their cars can go around the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit. Famous for its unforgiving character, twenty kilometre length, 150-plus turns, long straights, and massive elevation changes, manufacturers have been testing the mettle of their performance cars at this German circuit for decades.

The latest news from the small town of Nürburg is that Chevrolet’s newest Camaro ZL1 has thrown down a flier of a lap – a 7:29 – which bests* the latest Audi R8 V10, Ferrari 458 (the 488 is faster, of course), Mercedes-AMG GT-S, and Porsche’s current 991-generation GT3. Here’s the lap by GM engineer, Drew Cattell, for you to enjoy.

Yes, the keen observer might suggest that this Camaro ZL1 isn’t entirely stock, but for driver safety and comfort, GM always fits their ‘ring development cars with partial cages, racing seats, and harnesses. Admittedly, GM doesn’t hide that fact, but does disclose that the rest of this ZL1 is pure production spec and is one of the few manufacturers to publish their fast laps.

For this near-stock Camaro to post a 7:29 around the ‘ring is a massive achievement and, when I rode along in the ZL1 earlier this year, I called for this latest go-fast Camaro to end the ponycar wars. With this undeniably impressive performance, it looks like there’s no question the new ZL1 will do that with ease. We can’t wait to get our hands on it.

*according to various online sources that keep track of this sort of thing

Image courtesy of General Motors.

Published on Oct 25, 2016