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Old 09-08-2016, 09:55 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Camaro 1LE results from 2016 Car and Driver Lightning Lap Test at VIR

The lap times from the 2016 Car and Driver Annual Lightning Lap test from Virginia International Raceway (VIR) are in, and here's how the all new 1LE (both V8 and V6) fared.

Both models turned in very impressive performances!


Lap times (around VIR):

2:44.2 -- 2016 Dodge Viper ACR
2:45.1 -- 2016 Ferrari 488GTB
2:47.0 -- 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
2:47.1 -- 2017 Corvette Grand Sport
2:47.4 -- 2016 McLaren 570S
2:50.2 -- 2017 Acura NSX
2:51.8 -- 2016 Mustang GT350R
2:52.9 -- 2017 BMW //M4 GTS
2:54.0 -- 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4
2:54.8 -- 2017 Chevrolet Camaro V8 1LE
2:56.1 -- 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus
3:01.9 -- 2016 BMW //M2
3:03.5 -- 2016 Dodge Charger Hellcat
3:03.9 -- 2016 Focus RS
3:04.0 -- 2017 Chevrolet Camaro V6 1LE
3:05.9 -- 2016 Lexus GS-F
3:07.7 -- 2016 Audi TTS



Compare these times to the Lightning Lap overall historic lap times list:

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Old 09-08-2016, 10:17 AM   #2
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Excellent showing by both the V6 and V8 1LE, with the V8 being only 1 second behind the Stingray Z51. I also see the GT350R was SLOWER than the 2015 Z/28, Ford fans won't like that one bit. Great lap by the GS Vette as well, ahead of the McLaren 570S, and only 0.1 behind the 911 GT3 RS.
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:25 AM   #3
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The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro V6 1LE is very fast.
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:26 AM   #4
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Where did you find this? Is the full write-up available somewhere?
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:30 AM   #5
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Also amazing that a sub 45K Camaro can now run a virtualy identical lap time to a Ferrari 430 that cost 170K in 2008 at VIR.
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:32 AM   #6
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Also amazing that a sub 45K Camaro can now run a virtualy identical lap time to a Ferrari 430 that cost 170K in 2008 at VIR.
...and that is no regular F430. It was a Scuderia.
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:33 AM   #7
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Thanks for posting this. Is the magazine on newstands now or available online?

I really wish they would have tested a standard 1SS manual and a GT350 Track Pack as well, but still very happy they included both 1LEs which both performed very well. The GT350R time (3 full seconds ahead of the 1SS 1LE) is really impressive!
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:37 AM   #8
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Rather impressive. I like that the 1LE V6 is nipping at the heals of a vehicle with twice as much power (Hellcat), and yes I know its not really a road course car. Impressive that the V8 1LE is right there with the Cayman GT4! Most impressed with the Corvette Grand Sport! Punching way above its price point!
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:41 AM   #9
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...and that is no regular F430. It was a Scuderia.
Your right, I totally missed that. That makes it even more amazing.
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:44 AM   #10
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Note the V6 1LE was over a second faster than the 2015 Mustang GT PP. 100HP down and still faster, the alpha is really an amazing chassis.

The V8 dropped behind the M4 GTS after being slightly quicker at Laguna in the Motor Trend test. I assume that is down to power playing a bigger role at VIR than LS with a couple of long straights. Still it's six seconds faster than the base M4 for half the price.
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:52 AM   #11
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7 seconds from 5th gen 1LE to 6th gen 1LE. *

*yes, I know VIR was repaved in 2014 but that still puts a good idea on how much the new hardware really improves the 1LE.
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:54 AM   #12
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Note the V6 1LE was over a second faster than the 2015 Mustang GT PP. 100HP down and still faster, the alpha is really an amazing chassis.
Ehh. Different years, different times. I do think the PP is a bit soft, but I still think it would outperform the V6 1LE by a few seconds.
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:54 AM   #13
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Note the V6 1LE was over a second faster than the 2015 Mustang GT PP. 100HP down and still faster, the alpha is really an amazing chassis.
GT PP beat by the V6 1LE.... OUCH!!! That is impressive, and I have some friends with GT's that will be very unhappy with this result haha
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:59 AM   #14
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man this thing beats out Cayman/Boxsters Rs, GT3s, C6zs of a few years agoo

also beats down the M4 for half the price.
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