8. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 $56,550
Chevrolet’s Camaro has been stuck in the shadow of being Bumblebee for far too long. With the ZL1 package the muscle-car is all beefed up and is ready to take on the rest of these track specials. Thanks to a supercharger, the ZL1 now makes a whopping 580-hp, allowing it to hit 60mph in under 4 seconds. The ZL1 isn’t just a supercharger strapped to a V8 though. It’s impressive handling upgrades were put to the ultimate test in Germany, with the crazy Camaro achieving a 7:41.27 lap time around the famous Nurburgring race track.
The ZL1′s magnetic ride control helps the big car handle so well, allowing suspension settings to be adjusted up to 1,000 times per second. This allows the car to be as responsive as possible, and provides precision on the track, and comfort on the street. This all works with the ZL1′s impressive traction control, which is taken straight from Chevy’s most menacing vehicle, the Corvette ZR1.
Helping keep the ZL1 under control are massive Brembo brakes, and unique Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G2 tires that were developed specifically for the ZL1. All this performance for under $60,000 make the top-dog Camaro a choice for those looking for the most bang for their buck.
For those looking for a cheaper option there’s another Camaro worth mentioning. The Camaro SS 1LE is only $37,035. This is an extra package tacked on top of the normal SS and features a lot of the track-ready design that went into the ZL1. It all works together to make the normal Camaro SS withstand a serious trip on the track. It also features the same set of tires as the ZL1. The true test of the 1LE package will come soon. Chevrolet is hard at work at getting the 1LE SCCA approved for the Touring Class competition.