Yes, we know you’re tired of hearing what each and every car with sporting intentions can do on Germany’s Green Hell, the Nürburgring circuit. Until someone comes up with a better benchmark, however, the ‘Ring is the best metric we have to compare one car against another in terms of performance. Perhaps better than any other racetrack in the world, the Nürburgring blends elevation changes, camber changes and corner types to create nearly 13 miles of supremely challenging racetrack. It’s as good a benchmark as the performance world has today.
Just a few weeks back, we reported that a 2010 Dodge Viper ACR had lapped the ‘Ring in 7:12.13, so use that as your reference standard. According to Camaro5, GM North America president Mark Reuss has confirmed a lap time of 7:41.27 for the upcoming 2012 Camaro ZL1. Lapping a 2012 Camaro ZL1 in 7:41.27 may not sound impressive (since it’s over 29 seconds slower), but consider the company that puts the ZL1 in. An SLS AMG Mercedes did it in 7:40, and a Ford GT took 7:40.6. A Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera lapped in 7:40.76, while a 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo S took 7:41.23 to run from bridge to gantry.
Wrap your mind around that for a second. For all practical purposes, that makes the 2012 Camaro ZL1 as fast as a current Porsche 911 Turbo S, for about a third of the price. Yes, I know this is an apples to 2x4s comparison, but you get my point – the new Camaro isn’t just fast, it’s world-class fast.