Chevrolet must have one hell of an overtime budget for its performance-vehicles department. In just the past few years, there have been SSs, Stingrays, 1LEs, Z51s, Z06s, ZR1s, ZL1s, and even V-6 models that have consistently rewritten the bang-for-buck equation. (To say nothing of fellow General Motors brand Cadillac and its immensely talented V models.) Now comes this particular Camaro, one that combines two of those acronyms but wears an invoice price that doesn’t seem adequate to cover the sum of its parts.
Back in February at the Daytona 500, Chevrolet unveiled a track-ready 1LE trim for its 650-horsepower Camaro ZL1, complete with spool-valve dampers, huge tires, and a bunch of aerodynamic add-ons. The ZL1 1LE set to be one of Chevy’s most brutal track-day specials yet, and now we get to see how it goes about tackling the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife. Spoiler: the car looks very fast.
Muscle- and pony-car fans will always opt for the V-8, no matter the other choices available to them. Internet commenters and hacks will scoff at the idea that a V-6—or, worse, a turbocharged four-cylinder—could even be considered fun. Whatever.