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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.

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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.

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