By   March 17, 2016

Chevy Camaro ZL1

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Chevrolet has pulled the cover off the Camaro ZL1. The big number that will hit you in the face is 640 horsepower. That’s a lot of power and for those that choose an automatic transmission, the shift time will no longer hold you back.

The American performance car offers just 10 horses less than the Corvette Z06. Unlike the Corvette the Camaro offers rear seats which come in handy when you want to take younger children (or a cramped adult) for a ride with a passenger already in the front.

“The Camaro ZL1 is designed to excel at everything,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development. “It’s a 2+2 coupe offering incredible performance – acceleration, handling and braking – with the highest levels of technology and perfect chassis damping, making it suitable for everyday driving. It will compare well to any sports coupe, at any price and in any setting.”

Chevy Camaro ZL1 Rear End

Super Charged V8

Powering the Camaro ZL1 is a 6.2-liter supercharged V8. The LT4 engine pumps out 640 horsepower (as we said earlier) and 640 lb.-ft. of torque. The ZL1 is designed to be ready for track use and in that vein cooling was taken into consideration. The car comes standard with eleven heat exchangers, there is no need to get any type of track package.

Transmission

To help get all that power to the rear wheels the engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual or an automatic 10-speed transmission. The all new paddle-shift automatic has a 7.39 overall ratio for smaller steps between gears. This helps keep that large V8 in the optimum rpm range during acceleration, especially while exiting a corner.

Lighter and Faster

The Camaro ZL1 is 200 pounds lighter than the fifth-generation ZL1. To help the driver tailor the ride for the road or track it features an updated magnetic ride suspension, performance traction management system, electronic limited-slip differential, custom launch control and a driver mode selector.

Brakes and Wheels

With all that available power being able to stop quickly is important. For that the Camaro uses Brembo brakes with six-piston monobloc front calipers. They clamp onto massive 15.35-inch (390 mm) two-piece front rotors.

The 2017 ZL1 gets 20-inch forged aluminum wheels with 285/30ZR20 front and 305/30ZR20 rear tires. The chosen rubber is Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires. They feature a compound and construction developed exclusively for the Camaro designed with a focus on the track in mind. Of course plan to budget additional tires as you’re bound to burn plenty of rubber.

Interior

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Interior

Inside is an interior that means business. The front seats are well bolstered Recaro units with a suede center material. The same material is used on the flat-bottom steering wheel and shifter. Red accents are found throughout the interior as is leather on many surfaces where the suede is not used.

Performance

Official performance numbers have not yet been released, but expect a 0-60 mph time of around 3.3 seconds.

Price and Availability

The official cost of the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has not yet been released, but expect for the price to start upwards of $60,000. The ZL1 will be available in late 2016.

The Camaro Team

In the below video the Chevrolet Camaro team talks about the ZL1. The footage also features the styling of the car, both inside and out as well as it being driven on the track.

Trouble watching the overview game video? Go to the original YouTube video.