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Chevy Camaro ZL1 hits 198mph top speed

by Todd Haselton | February 21, 2017February 21, 2017 11:15 am PDT

Chevrolet announced this week that the 2017 Camaro ZL1 has a top speed of 198mph. The car actually exceeded that speed, even topping 200mph in some of Camaro’s tests, but that’s the speed Camaro is comfortable advertising. Pretty zippy for a car that starts a hair over $63k.

“Chevrolet tested the max velocity of the ZL1 (with 10-speed automatic) on the High Speed Oval at Germany’s Automotive Testing Papenburg GmBH proving ground,” Chevy said this week. “Compensating for wind speed, the top speed is the average achieved from running the ZL1 in both directions on the 7.6-mile (12.3 km) loop — 202.3 mph in one direction and 193.3 mph in the other direction.”

“After testing the car in standard settings, which produced the 198-mph average, we set the front and rear camber adjustments to 0 degrees and the tire pressures to the maximum allowable sidewall pressure, and saw the ZL1 average over 200 mph,” Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, said.

The Camaro ZL1 coupe is priced at $63,435. A model with 10-speed automatic will set you back $65,830.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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