Chevrolet’s brand-new Camaro is receiving a hearty quantity of praise for its Cadillac ATS-derived chassis, updated interior, and 6.2-liter V8 engine. These modifications have actually earned the muscle vehicle a real challenger to Ford’s brand-new Mustang.
That said, Ford’s GT350R-spec ‘stang has actually now surpassed the old Z/28 Camaro’s incredibly higher levels of on-monitor performance. So exactly how will certainly Chevy respond? Along with a great deal of force.
The U.S. automaker has actually taken the wraps off its 2017 Camaro ZL1, which turns up the heat on the previous generation’s 580 horsepower V8 and 556 pound-feet of torque. Chevrolet appears dead-specified on owning its performance category, as it says the brand-new ZL1 “is poised to challenge the the majority of advanced sports coupes on the planet by any kind of measure.”
Supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine
640 lb-ft of torque
Paddle-shift 10-rate automatic transmission
“The Camaro ZL1 is made to excel at everything,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development. “It’s a 2+2 coupe offering impressive performance – acceleration, handling and braking – Along with the highest levels of technology and suitable chassis damping, making it proper for day-to-day driving. It will certainly compare well to any kind of sports coupe, at any kind of fee and in any kind of setting.”
More specifically, the ZL1 borrows the Corvette Z06’s 6.2-liter supercharged V8 to the tune of 640 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque. Not just is that engine all-brand-new for the Camaro, must you decide to forgo the standard six-rate manual gearbox, Chevrolet will certainly provide a brand-new 10-rate automatic. The brand-new Camaro’s lighter, stiffer platform is complemented by Magnetic Ride suspension and an electronic limited-slip differential. Likewise standard is a Driver Mode Selector, dual-phase exhaust, launch control, and Performance Traction Management.
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Visually, the 2017 ZL1 will certainly be distinguished by a reduced grille opening for better airflow, a brand-new “flow-tie” open bowtie insignia, an updated hood Along with a carbon fiber insert and heat extractor, a bigger front splitter, unique rockers, a wing-design rear spoiler, and wider front fenders. The name of the game is aerodynamics. “From every angle, the elements coalesce to provide the vehicle a purposeful, super aggressive attitude.,” said John Mack, Camaro exterior design manager.
Inside, the ZL1 comes equipped Along with Recaro front seats, a suede flat-bottom steering wheel and shift knob, and readily available Performance Data Recorder.
At 200 pounds much less compared to its predecessor, and Along with 60 A lot more horsepower and 80 A lot more lb-ft of torque on tap, the brand-new ZL1 has actually a greatly improved power-to-weight ratio. The ZL1 sports 285 front and 305 rear Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires plus Brembo brakes for improved monitor handling.
“Driving the Camaro ZL1 is finest described as ‘rapid Along with finesse,’” said Reuss. “It is beautifully balanced, Along with suitable damping and isolation for suitable performance and driver assurance in nearly any kind of situation – from the Pacific Coast Highway to Willow Springs to Pomona.”
Sounds good, yet we’ll locate out for sure as quickly as the 2017 Camaro ZL1 goes on sale late this year.