Chevrolet isn’t messing around with the Camaro. The sixth-generation model is the best yet. We even named the Camaro SS the Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2016. Next up is the most powerful Camaro ever.
At the new York International Auto Show, Chevrolet showed both the 2017 Camaro ZL1 coupe and convertible.
Featuring the familiar supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 found in the Corvette Z06 and Cadillac CTS-V, the ZL1 packs a staggering 640 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. That means the ZL1 has 60 more horses than its fifth-generation predecessor, which held the title of most powerful Camaro until now. It’s also 200 pounds lighter, thanks to the tauter chassis of the sixth-generation Camaro’s Alpha platform.
But that’s not all the powertrain news. In addition to the standard 6-speed manual transmission with rev matching, the ZL1 will offer a new 10-speed automatic transmission that General Motors developed with Ford.
We don’t have performance numbers yet, but expect the car to be significantly quicker than the previous ZL1, which ran the quarter mile in the 11s.
There’s loads of technology that should ensure that the car is not just quick in a straight line. The list includes magnetic ride control, an electronic limited-slip differential, performance-oriented traction control, launch control, and a driving modes selector. That’s in addition to extensive testing at the Nürburgring, among other tracks.
The car also gets massive Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers at the front and four-piston calipers at the rear. These reside within 20-inch wheels shod with Goodyear Eagle F1 tires measuring 285/30 at the front and 305/30 in the rear.
Exterior features include a large front splitter, wider front fenders, and a rear wing spoiler. Underbody aero elements help cut through the air, while cooling is aided by the “Flowtie” open front grille and a functional heat extractor in the hood.
Inside, there’s a pair of Recaro bucket seats and a flat-bottom steering wheel lined in suede. Pricing and performance figures should be announced as we approach the on-sale date later this year.