The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is out; it comes with a more
powerful mill mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission
making this Camaro a beast on wheels. What is most important
though is that you can take this beast with you on your daily
runs, as it is all-road legal. Read along for more information.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Exterior
High-performance models always get an exterior upgrade to set
them apart from their regular siblings. In a similar way,
Chevrolet hooked up the Camaro ZL1 with a ZL1 package, which
makes the ZL1 more aggressive than other Camaros. To start
with, at the front, the model features a skinny grille with
larger air intakes underneath. Flanking the grille are larger
LED DRLs and new, revised cooling ducts. It also features a
vented engine hood along with carbon-fiber inserts as well as
“ZL1” logos to set it apart from other Camaro models.
On the sides, it has new, black-painted side skirts that
stretch close to the ground. It also rides on lightweight
wheels dressed in gloss-black. At the back, the ZL1 features a
modified diffuser and a larger spoiler mounted on the trunk lid
to provide extra downforce. The automaker has retained the
Camaro SS quad-exhaust system.
I understand the model underwent more than 100 hours of
on-track and wind-tunnel testing to ensure it has awesome
cooling capability and excellent aerodynamics.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Interior
The cabin design of the ZL1 is borrowed from the SS model. As
such, it features an identical flat-bottomed steering wheel as
well as a shift knob that is wrapped in suede. The model also
features Recaro front seats. The seats feature “ZL1” logos to
show everyone that this is not your regular Camaro.
The door panels and passenger-side dash feature suede inserts.
The model’s leather upholstery is contrasted by an attractive
stitching. Aluminum inserts, as well as a bespoke display for
the model’s infotainment screen, are offered as standard.
Generally, the new Camaro ZL1 cabin is more spacious and feels
upscale compared to the regular Camaros.
Engine Specs and performance
Prepare to be entertained as this is the most powerful Camaro
ever. The automaker has replaced the mill on the outgoing model
Corvette Z06 sourced 6.2 L, V-8. The mill borrows most
components from the Corvette but the intake, as well as the
exhaust system, has been specifically modified for the Camaro.
The mill spits out 650 horses and 650 lb-ft of torque. This
represents an increase of a whopping 70 hp and 94 lb-ft of
torque. The engine mates to a new 10-speed automatic gearbox
with paddle shifters. This system is specifically tuned for the
ZL1 and Chevrolet claims the transmission provides faster
shifting than even the Porsche PDK dual-clutch system. This
gearbox was developed jointly with Ford Motors, which has
already used it on the
2017 F-150 Raptor.
A standard 6-speed manual gearbox with rev matching is offered
for those who want to be more engaged with their ZL1. In terms
of performance, the new Camaro ZL1 hits 60 mph from a
standstill in just 3.5 seconds, a half-second quicker than the
outgoing model making it the fastest road-legal Camaro ever. It
completes a quarter mile in 11.4 seconds and its excellent
braking system enables it to come to a standstill from a 60 mph
speed in only 107 feet.
Price and release date
Chevrolet is already accepting orders for the Camaro ZL1. The
new model is more expensive with a starting price of $62,135
compared to the outgoing model’s $55,505 starting price. Buyers
looking for all the headroom in the world will pay an extra
$7,000 for the convertible. The ZL1 is the most expensive
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