What Is It?
The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is awesomeness on four wheels. Or to put it more technically, it’s the ultra-high-performance version of the new (sixth) generation of the Camaro coupe. It’s street-legal yet track-ready.
Under that power-bulged hood is a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, the same engine that’s in the Corvette Z06. In this car, it delivers a massive 640 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque. All that muscle goes to the rear wheels through an optional 10-speed automatic transmission (a 6-speed manual transmission is standard). And yes, the automatic setup includes steering-wheel-mounted paddles for those racing-car-style gearshifts.
Specialized equipment includes an electronic limited-slip differential, performance traction management, launch control, a drive-mode selector, mighty Brembo brakes with 6-piston calipers up front, 20-inch forged alloy wheels wearing specially developed Goodyear Eagle high-performance tires, and no less than 11 heat exchangers to stop boiling over on the track. A dedicated aerodynamic body kit includes a rear spoiler, a large front splitter and wide front fenders.
The driver and front passenger sit in standard-issue Recaro sport seats that provide plenty of lateral support through super-fast corners, which they can replay by using the optional performance data recorder that stores video, lap times, speeds, etc.
To be announced (possibly around $60,000)
When Can You Get It?
Add It to Your Shopping List Because…
It’s an all-American muscle car, and it can take on the world.
Other Cars to Consider
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 — This Mustang will be an archrival but needs more money spent on it before it’s as track-tuned as the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
2016 BMW M4 — The most muscular version of the M4 “only” musters 444 hp, but this is a ride that dreams are made of.
2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat — A supercharged V8 makes the 707-hp Hellcat a surefire recipe for extreme thrills.
2017 Nissan GT-R — Also debuting at the New York show, the 2017 GT-R is now endowed with 565 hp and a virtually foolproof chassis.
Used Chevrolet Corvette Z06 — The Corvette has big power in a lightweight fiberglass body.