WHAT C H E V Y ' S C R E AT E D H E R E I S A WICKEDLY Q U I C K TRAC K CAR THAT E V E N N O V I C E TRACK D R I V E R S CAN CONFIDENTLY H U S T L E AROUND ANY R A C I N G C I R C U I T.
range of drivers, but most importantly allows for the perfect seating position. Pedals are perfectly placed, so heel-and-toe downshifts are a breeze, which makes the switchable rev-matching function completely redundant. The driver's seat is more of a cockpit and considering the 1LE'S nature, this excellent driver interface is necessary.
Steering is electricallyassisted, of course, with levels of assist that vary with drive modes. The standard mode is the most pleasing and, at least on the road, in track mode the steering feels artificially heavy. Thankfully, the steering is very precise and lends the driver confidence when the going gets fast.
And fast it is. This ZL1 1LE is thoroughly engineered to turn the LT4'S power and torque into speed, and its suspension resolved to deliver maximum grip. As an automaker does, Chevrolet developed this car at the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife and the ZL1 1LE clocked a remarkable lap time of seven minutes, sixteen seconds, a time that bested many famous supercars.
Winning David versus Goliath lap time contests at your local track day is what this Camaro is built for and, in the right hands, this Chevy will humiliate plenty of famous European marques. What Chevy's created here is a wickedly quick track car that even novice track drivers can confidently hustle around any racing circuit.
What makes this ZL1 1LE truly special is the way it is so approachable and inspires confidence. To enjoy this 650-horsepower beast, you don't have to be a professional racer because it communicates so well and is so controllable. There's a tremendous amount of high-fidelity feedback available through the car, with its talkative chassis, precise steering, and sublime brake pedal, you always know what this Camaro is doing. Its limits are so high that it encourages you to explore the outer reaches of its massive performance envelope, plus drivers of every experience level can enjoy almost all of the speed it has to offer.
On the other hand, there are a couple of considerations about real world driving that are worth discussing.
First, with its suspension designed for on-track performance, ride quality on the road is best described as punishing. This is a car that's entirely at home at the smooth surfaces of racing circuits, but asking it to provide a comfortable ride on the less-than-perfect roads we drive on is impossible.
Second, with its massive wings, the ZL1 1LE creates significant aerodynamic drag so it works a little harder to push through the air, resulting in surprisingly poor fuel consumption. We all know but this isn't the sort of car you buy for fuel economy, but fill-ups are frequent to say the least.
Factory performance specials like this Camaro ZL1 1LE capture our attention because they're the sort of cars that are designed for enthusiasts like us, economy and comfort be damned. These truly unique, thoroughly engineered, lowvolume specials don't happen all that often. This ZL1 1LE transcends the concept of factory special and it's truly exceptional. It's a world beater in terms of its on-track performance and that speed is accessible by drivers of all experience levels.
This is the best Camaro the world has ever seen.