A few months ago, the Chevrolet team were spotted at the infamous Nürburgring (Nordschleife) track in Nürburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. The team was, apparently, testing out the capabilities of the company's upcoming 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, the track-focused version of the standard ZL1. Unfortunately, Chevrolet has been keeping its track monster's official lap time a secret ever since their run back in April. However, the company for some reason has now decided to release the official numbers and it looks like it is way beyond what fans had initially expected.

Fastest pony car

Chevrolet officially announced that the ZL1 1LE went around the challenging German track in a blistering seven minutes and 16.04 seconds, which is actually a full 13.56 seconds faster than the 2017 Camaro ZL1. The previous model already beat its main rival, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, by thirty seconds, but the upcoming new models obliterate its lap time by almost a minute.

It also has to be noted that the 2018 ZL1 1LE is officially faster that a lot of exotic sports cars that are exponentially much more expensive. The upcoming new model beats other well-known track-ready monsters such as the Ferrari 488 GTB, the Mercedes SLS AMG, the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, and even the previous generation Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Tuned for the track

The track-focused muscle car is surprisingly still powered by the same engine as the one found on the standard ZL1, namely the 650 horsepower LT4 6.2-liter supercharged V8. The biggest difference with the 1LE is that it is equipped with some very advanced suspension components that include an adjustable Multimatic DSSV suspension system and front and rear dampers.

The vehicle also comes with an upgraded aerodynamic body kit along with a number of carbon fiber parts to decrease its overall weight.

An epic run

During the car's run around the Nürburgring, which can be seen in the video posted above, the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE stays very planted on the road despite attacking corners at more than a hundred miles per hour.

The vehicle was equipped with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R summer-only tires, with Camaro engineer Bill Wise at the helm.

The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE is expected to be made available sometime this summer. The track-ready variant will be priced at $69,995 and is offered with a six-speed manual transmission. Standard ZL1 owners with their 10-speed automatic transmission can also purchase the 1LE Extreme Track Performance Package for $7,500, which will include all the aerodynamics and suspension setup found on the 1LE model.