The new muscle car from General Motors has been announced and we are truly happy about it. Why should we be happy about this expected announcement? We had seen how original muscle cars lost their muscle. For the first time in history, we are seeing Camaros and Mustangs packing 4-cylinder engines.
These sad changes had been pushed by the fuel prices and the environment issues related to vehicle emissions. Despite this, Chevrolet is still supporting the true muscle and the 2017 ZL1 is the proof of it. The ultimate Camaro, if you want.
Now, this is one of the first amazing debuts right before the 2017 New York Auto Show which is going to take place next week. Let’s not waste more time.
Specs and Power
As we already suggested, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 is packing a massive supercharged 6.2 L V8 powerplant. This monstrous engine will have a total power output rated at 640 hp and a peak torque of 640 lb-ft. What is interesting is that this is the same engine onboard of the sexy Corvette Z06, the GM LT4. So, if we compare this new version of the ZL1 with the Z06, we are getting only a difference of 10 hp and 10 lb-ft of torque.
Along with this high-end powerplant, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 will feature as standard a 6-speed manual transmission with active rev-matching capability. Also, this Camaro will enjoy the brand-new 10-speed automatic gearbox, recently developed by General Motors and Ford. Yes, they worked with Ford on this one. The final output is an interesting transmission with a 7.39 overall ratio spread and an undisputed acceleration.
In other aspects, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 also took the best from the Z06. The cutting-edge Performance Traction Management system developed by GM for the Corvette is onboard of the new Camaro. Also, we found the same electronically controlled limited-slip differential and the magnetorheological dampers.
The stopping power is proved by top-notch Brembo brake rotors with 15.4-inch two-piece serving platters at the front. As standard, they are bigger than the ones installed on the Z06. In terms of cooling, Chevrolet revealed that the 2017 Camaro ZL1 will feature 11 heat exchangers, perfect for hot track sessions. And finally, Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar rubber is in charge of hugging the pavement, with 285/30 at the front and 305/30 at the back.
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Belligerent and Violent
This is the most powerful Camaro of the actual generation, almost as powerful as the Corvette. So, in this order, it should look like properly. In the front, the hyped “Flowtie” grille catch the attention. This new design aims to enhance cooling along with the heat enhancers. The black-finish front diffuser makes a sexy contrast with the updated side rocker panels, also in black.
The heavy use of LED lighting is appreciated while the Chevrolet logo seems to be trapped in a narrower grille. On the hood, we see a hint of the LT4’s size. At the rear end, the wing represents a key role in the heavy duty of aerodynamics.
Inside the cockpit, everything seems proper for a hardcore muscle car. The Recaro bucket seats are ready for the track while the ZL1 badges and the red stitching puts the driver in the mood. Red detailing is abundant, from the instruments to the seatbelts. Another appreciated feature of the Corvette is also onboard and it’s the Performance Data Recorder, which keeps the record of data when the driver is sprinting on the track.
The Bottom Line
By now, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 seems to be the most capable muscle car to hit the market. While the Shelby GT350 is way less powerful, the Challenger Hellcat is too heavy and less agile.
The price will be around $70,000 and it’s expected to hit the market in late 2016.