Prepare for a crash course in ear explosion

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was spotted in the wild doing some serious test laps around the Nürburgring. Seriously, if you want to watch this video, be prepared for a lot of angry noise and by angry, I mean really, really angry. That’s the first takeaway from this video: the Camaro ZL1 is insanely loud. But it’s not the only thing. The 640-horsepower muscle car also appears in all its production glory. Actually, there are two of them in the video – a red version and a blue version – neither of which are sporting any semblance of camouflage.

According to the video, the red Camaro ZL1 was performing its runs while sporting a 10-speed automatic transmission that has the ability to shift faster than Porsche’s double-clutch PKD transmission, or so that’s what Chevrolet claims. Meanwhile, the blue ZL1 has the old-school six-speed manual transmission. It’s not clearly evident by the way they run on the ‘Ring, but you can see that the blue ZL1 appears to be more of a challenge to drive, especially on those corners.

Whatever the case may be, it’s certainly a welcome treat to see both versions of the Camaro ZL1 doing what it does best without having to peek through layers upon layers of camouflage. Both cars look great and the sight of those black hood bulges make the ZL1 that much more intimidating to look at. It’s clear that Chevrolet has big plans for this iteration of the Camaro, and while it may not be as track-focused as we think the Z/28 is going to be, it still packs a serious wallop to the tune of 640 ponies coming out of that supercharged V-8 engine that it shares with the Cadillac CTS-V.

But if you’re the hard-to-please type and you need more proof on the potential of the ZL1 to be an earth-shaking banshee on four wheels, feel free to watch the video and turn up the volume on full blast.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
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Read our full review on the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 here.

Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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