[Photos] 2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Could Be the Fastest Camaro Ever Produced
Already used to power the Corvette Z06 and Cadillac CTS-V, GM’s supercharged LT4 6.2-liter V8 small block engine has finally found its way inside the sixth-generation Camaro, which will provide the muscle car with 640 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque.
Chevrolet hasn’t revealed any of the Camaro’s performance numbers, but the previous ZL1 model could go 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, came with 60 fewer horsepower, and weighed approximately 200 pounds more than the 2017 version. The new Camaro ZL1 will offer consumers the choice between a standard six-speed manual or optional 10-speed automatic transmission.
“The Camaro ZL1 is designed to excel at everything,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development. “It’s a 2+2 coupe offering incredible performance – acceleration, handling and braking – with the highest levels of technology and perfect chassis damping, making it suitable for everyday driving. It will compare well to any sports coupe, at any price and in any setting.”
To make sure the new Camaro ZL1 handles as well as it accelerates, Chevy has equipped the machine with Performance Traction Management, an updated Magnetic Ride Suspension, Custom Launch Control, Driver Mode Selector, and electronic limited-slip differential. This Camaro will sit on 20-inch forged aluminum wheels that will be wrapped with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires. As for the vehicle’s braking system, it will feature high-performance Brembo brakes with six-piston monobloc front calibers with 15.35-inch front and 14.37-inch rear cast iron two-piece rotors.
The exterior on the new Camaro ZL1 will sport a redesigned hood with carbon fiber insert and heat extractor. The Camaro will also wear wider front fenders, a bigger front splitter, rear-wing spoiler, and distinctive rockers. Chevy claims to have spent more than 100 hours testing the Camaro’s design in the wind-tunnel and on the track to improve its aerodynamics and cooling capabilities.
The interior of the 2017 Camaro ZL1 will include Recaro front seats, suede flat-bottom shift knob and steering wheel, as well as offering Chevrolet’s Performance Data Recorder.
“The design supports the Camaro ZL1’s exceptional performance and does so with compelling style,” said John Mack, Camaro exterior design manager. “From every angle, the elements coalesce to give the car a purposeful, super aggressive attitude.”
Gallery: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
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