While a manual ZL1 will hit 60mph in first gear, for an extra $2395, Chevy will throw in the 10-speed automatic that Ford also uses in the new Raptor. That's great, because it will give you a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds quite consistently, as well as a quarter mile run in 11.4 seconds with a trap speed of 127 mph. What's more, it also grants the ZL1 a top speed of 198mph, at the minimum.
GM went to Germany's Automotive Testing Papenburg GmBH proving ground to see what's what. Papenburg's high-speed oval features 2.5-mile (4 km) straights and 1.3-mile (2.15 km) turns with 49.7-degree banking on the top lane. After compensating for wind speed, the top speed of 198 mph 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.
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The testing was conducted on the ZL1's production Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 tires with pressure set at 44 psi, the recommended setting for extended high-speed driving. After testing the standard settings, Chevy could help but go a bit further:
"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."
That's Jaguar F-Type SVR territory, at half the price.