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The new Camaro ZL1 / 1LE is, fundamentally, the best of what GM's Performance division can do with the sixth-generation Camaro platform, while still having a road-legal vehicle. It features the 650 HP LT4 Supercharged 6.2L V8 found in the Corvette Z06, but with a much larger frontal area for better cooling and more consistent power. It has Multimatic Spool Valve dampers, like real race cars. You can only get it with a six-speed manual gearbox, and on the Nurburgring, it's faster than supercars not even a couple of years old. This car is, put simply, insanely fast. But does it work as a road car? Do I want one? Let's find out.
I was allowed to make this video thanks to the kind people at NBC Sports, who paid my airfare, hotels, and meals while in North Carolina. See my track test of the Camaro ZL1 as part of the "What Makes Fast" episode of /DRIVE (the TV Show) coming this September exclusively on NBC Sports!