STOCK CAMARO ZL1 1LE TAKES ON THE HALF MILE: VIDEO

The ZL1 1LE May Have Been Built For Road Courses, But 650 HP Makes For Great Straight Line Speed, Too

Camaro ZL1 1LE

The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE is, for all intents and purposes, the spiritual successor to the fifth-generation Camaro Z/28, especially since we’re not getting one anytime soon. That means the ZL1 1LE is an uncompromising road course warrior, and is unquestionably the most capable pony car on the market today. Some will argue that the 760 horsepower 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is about to steal this crown, but nobody can say for sure until the comparison tests start trickling in.

It also turns out that the Camaro ZL1 1LE is pretty darn good at the drag strip, too, as evident from this video from Johny Bohmer Proving Grounds in Florida. It’s a factory-stock ZL1 1LE at that, so it gives a great indication of what the car is capable of right out of the General Motors Lansing Grand River Assembly plant.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

On paper, this particular Camaro ZL1 1LE is equipped with a six-speed manual – the purist’s choice. Though it’s not necessarily the fastest off the line, especially compared to the optional 10-speed automatic that has become available in the range-topping Chevy pony car as of February. The six-speed is tasked with sending all 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels of the super Chevy, which weighs in at over 3,800 lbs. The tires appear to be stock, as well.

The video below, which is just over a minute and thirty seconds long, demonstrates the half-mile capabilities of the ZL1 1LE in a single take. According to the video, the track sits at sea level, and the humidity was just over 60 percent at the time of the 10AM run. At the end, the Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE managed a trap speed of 141 mph, despite the slippery start. A time wasn’t given. We’re curious to see what’s possible with a model equipped with a 10R90 ten-speed, but until then, this is all we got.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.

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