Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE: The Ultimate Corvette-Killer?

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Not many cars can directly compete with Corvette and this makes it tough to put the label “Corvette-killer” on a vehicle. But right under our nose is the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, which happens to expose Corvettes for falling behind on the performance front.

We overlooked the Camaro ZL1 1LE because it belongs in the same camp with Corvette. Both names belong to GM hence the Camaro ZL1 1LE is something we never want to put the Corvette-killer label on.

Today, we changed our mind and this is after checking out the Camaro ZL1 1LE’s performance on Car&Driver Lightning Lap. The vehicle completed the course in an amazing time 2:45.7 thus putting it in second place behind the Mercedes-AMG GT R.

The Camaro ZL1 1LE has 650hp to offer from a V8 engine and it is a proven performer on the track. If a Vette is to compete at the 2017 Lightning Lap, we expect it to narrowly edge past the Camaro’s timing.

The Corvette may take victory but the hairline gap between it and the Camaro ZL1 1LE only shows that a lot of improvements are needed for Corvette to be at its prime again.