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      10-05-2011, 04:07 PM   #1
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2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Laps Nurburgring In 7:41

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According to General Motors’ PR machine, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 set a Nurburgring lap time of 7 minutes, 41 seconds and 27 milliseconds.

For the sake of comparison that time is just a second and a half off the time released by the new 2012 Porsche 911 and is the same as the 997 Porsche GT3. The 2012 Corvette Z06 recently laid down a 7:22 lap time, while the current record holder for production cars is the Dodge Viper ACR with a 7:12 time.

We wish we were excited about this announcement, but knowing what a crock most Nuburgring times are, we’re remaining unmoved. The only accurate measure of its performance will be to actually drive the car, so until then, speculation on the ZL1′s performance will remain off-limits for us.
http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2...ng-in-741.html
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      10-05-2011, 04:34 PM   #2
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I wish they could work on the weight of that car. It's amazing how heavy it is.

Actually, come to think of it, my comment applies to the SS, so the ZL-1 must be heavier, right? What's its weight at now?
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Still, pretty amazing time for such a heavy car.
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4000 lbs or so
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      10-05-2011, 06:22 PM   #5
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That's pretty damn fast for a 2 ton car.
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      10-06-2011, 10:24 AM   #6
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I'll wait for an independent tester, like Sport Auto, to publish a time.
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Impressive indeed... but I still don't trust a manufacturer's word/video. How do we know it hasn't been altered in any way (i.e. lightened, r-comps) from the showroom models? I'm not being a GM hater (I'm restoring a '69 Z28 with a friend), I'm being a realist.
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If all the manufacturers want to compete based on Nurburgring times they should all get together as a sanctioning body and set ground rules (no R comps, production tires, no tweaks to hardware, boost levels, etc).

It'll never happen but wishful thinking. I think ultimately series like the Continental Challenge do the real talking in terms of the abilities of these platforms --- not that those cars accurately resemble the stock cars.
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I wish they could work on the weight of that car. It's amazing how heavy it is.

Actually, come to think of it, my comment applies to the SS, so the ZL-1 must be heavier, right? What's its weight at now?
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Still pretty amazing. GM has really tuned the suspensions with the magnetic fluid.
I think they're going to come out with a Z28 version to compete with the Boss 302. It'll have the LS-7 engine in it (so about 500hp - because we all know the Corvette has to have the most HP), and lightend up quite a bit.

A lot of new cars weigh too much IMHO. The new M5 is 4,300lbs!

I love light weight cars. I've taken about 180lbs off my own car. With a 3/4 tank of gas, my car weighs 3,270lbs. Now all I need is about 75 - 100hp more and it'll be ideal.
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thats a good weight loss. What have you done? Wheels/seats/battery?
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That interior : puke :
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Looks good, even tho I don't prefer GM, I do prefer power..
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