Feature Flick: 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Sets 7:41.27 Nurburgring Lap

Cue up the online debate: Chevrolet has released a video of the 2012 Camaro ZL1 setting a blistering 7:41.27 lap around Germany’s famed Nürburgring Nordschleife. According to Chevrolet, that’s approximately 40 seconds faster than a Camaro SS took to lap the ‘Ring back in 2009.

According to Motor Trend, the ZL1 used was a production-spec model loaded up with testing equipment, a roll cage, fire extinguisher, and a five-point racing harness for extra safety. The lap was set by Camaro Performance Engineer Aaron Link. Chevrolet says the time is on par with those set by a Porsche 911 Turbo S and a Lamborghini Murciélago. Chevy is understandably proud of the ZL1’s lap time.

“Breaking an eight-minute lap in a 2+2 production car is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser. “It validates that the Camaro ZL1 will truly be track-ready from the showroom.”

In case you’ve forgotten the car’s track-ready credentials, allow us to remind you that the 2012 Camaro ZL1 packs a 580-hp wallop from a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine. Both manual and automatic transmissions will be available, with six speeds apiece. Chassis highlights include Brembo brakes, Magnetic Ride adaptive suspension, and the Performance Traction Management first seen on the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

The 2012 Camaro ZL1 goes on sale in spring 2012. Until then, feast your eyes on the below video of the Camaro’s Nürburgring lap.

Sources: Chevrolet, Motor Trend

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