While new technology is impressive, what matters more is how much better a product becomes through its implementation. The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 comes with plenty of promise as it’s the first GM nameplate to come with a 10-speed auto gearbox, jointly developed alongside Ford, but it’s the potential performance boost that’s the real focus.
Thankfully, the new ZL1 does deliver on its promise. It now is able to reach a top speed of 198mph, making it the fastest Camaro ever developed. In fact, it’s good enough to match the Chevy Corvette Z06, which can also touch 198mph.
It’s worth taking into account that a vehicle’s top speed is calculated via the average figures achieved from running it opposite directions. In one direction, the ZL1 broke the 200mph mark and went up to 202.3mph. Moving the other way, it attained 193.3mph.
The 650hp, 650lb-ft torque Camaro ZL1 may be as fast as the Corvette Z06, but it’s still slower than the 707hp, 650lb-ft torque Dodge Charger Hellcat which achieves a 204mph top speed average thanks to its superiority in output.
As such, GM is not quite done showing off all it has to offer on the performance front. In order to have the last laugh over FCA, it has to not only surpass the Hellcat but also the upcoming Dodge Challenger Demon. This is where we turn our attention to the 2018 Corvette ZR1.
Previous iterations of the ZR1 have gone as fast as 205mph, and if rumors of the imminent model delivering more than 800hp turn out to be true, even the 216mph Ford GT could be overtaken.