Hype surrounding the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is building as more information about the powerful new muscle car comes available. The latest intel on the much-anticipated ZL1 says that the vehicle’s 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine will produce 650 horsepower – making the new ZL1 equal to the Corvette Z06.
Performance enthusiasts are salivating at the prospect of getting their hands on the Camaro ZL1 and opening it up on the highway. Chevy estimates that the best configuration of the Camaro ZL1 will be capable of going from zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds and passing a quarter mile pole at 127 mph in about 11.4 seconds.
Hot New Design Features
The new ZL1 is part of the sixth design generation of the Camaro. The ZL1 includes a number of innovative design tweaks from Chevrolet. The vehicle is 200 lbs. lighter than its predecessor, thanks to a change in platforms. The lighter weight has contributed to a performance improvement in the vehicle, as the previous ZL1 went from zero to 60 in 4.1 seconds and took 12.4 seconds to pass the quarter mile post.
The new ZL1 also incorporates a new 10-speed automatic transmission. The new transmission was developed in partnership with Ford. Automotive experts say that the new gearbox will give the ZLA quicker, more accurate gear shifts, improving its performance. GM is likely to incorporate this new transmission in several of its other vehicles, including the Corvette Z06 and the Cadillac CTS-V.
A six-speed manual transmission is also available with the new ZL1.
Chevrolet also made some changes to the exterior styling of the 2017 Camaro ZL1 to make it look leaner and more aggressive. Additions such as rocker-panel extensions and a rear wing have made the vehicle more aerodynamic. A flowtie badge isn’t just for looks; it also aids with engine cooling.
The inside of the Camaro ZL1 is just straight-up sexy. Recaro seats with red stitching are elegant and appealing, as are trims for various surfaces throughout the cabin.
The Chevrolet Camaro has been on a hot streak lately. The brand reported its third best sales volume of 2016 in September, and outsold its main rivals the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. In September 2016, GM sold 6,577 Camaros, while Ford sold 6,429 Mustangs, and Dodge sold 5,698 Challengers. The improved performance of the Camaro is a testament to the quality and innovation exhibited by the new Camaro and General Motors.
The new 2017 Camaro ZL1 is expected to cost around $60,000 when it hits Chevy showrooms in late 2016. This price point makes it highly competitive with its rivals, the Mustang Shelby and Dodge Challenger Hellcat.
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