The 2017 Camaro ZL1 is now the fastest Chevrolet for sale

A Chevrolet logo is displayed during the Geneva Motor Show 2016 on March 1, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Chevrolet has been testing the Camaro ZL1's top speed on the High Speed Oval at Germany's Automotive Testing Papenburg proving ground, hitting an average of 198 miles per hour (318 km/h).

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is a hell of a performer, and now we know what happens when it's pushed to its limits. It was said that this vehicle is even faster than the Chevrolet Z06.

The actual top speed the auto managed to hit was 202.3 miles per hour (325.5 km/h), however Chevrolet had to average that against the return run (193.3 miles per hour / 311 km/h), as the ZL1 was flung in both directions on the 7.6-mile (12.3 km) loop. In one direction, the ZL1 clocked an impressive 202.3 miles per hour.

Chevy took things one step further after getting the ZL1's stock top speed.

"It's the most capable - and fastest - Camaro ever", said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, in a release.

For the test, Chevy used a ZL1 equipped with the 10-speed automatic transmission (a six-speed manual is also available), on stock tires with pressure set to 44 psi. That means a visit to the Bonneville Salt Flats during the annual speed record runs or renting a mammoth test track like Germany's Automotive Testing Papenburg GmBH proving ground as Chevrolet did to test the Camaro. The ZL1 incorporates balanced aerodynamic package that was developed to reduce lift without considerably affecting drag.

Powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8, the Camaro ZL1 outputs 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.

  • Arturo Norris