2017 Camaro ZL1- A 640HP Musclemania
2017 CAMARO ZL1 VS. EVERYBODY
What a way to start, as Chevrolet proudly claims “2017 Camaro ZL1 VS Everybody”. Clearly this bold statement is backed by top hours of workings. Not only mechanical or behind the laptop screens but an enormous amount of time spent on the track. But does the notion ‘everybody‘ means Chevy’s own Corvette Z06 too?
“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.”
This machine comes loaded with Chevrolet Corvette Z06 hardware to crank start! Under the hood a new supercharged LT4 6.2L V-8 Small Block engine, with intake and exhaust systems tailored for Camaro. It is rated at an estimated 640 horsepower (477 kW) and 640 lb-ft of torque (868 Nm). You can have either a six-speed manual transmission with active rev matching or an all-new paddle-shift, 10-speed automatic. By the way ironic it is, this rapid shifting 10-speed automatic is developed in conjunction with Ford. Yes, you’ve read it right. With unique calibrations and hardware developed exclusively for the ZL1, is the first Chevrolet product to receive the application of the new quick-shift 10-speed.
Handling capability starts with the lightweight, stiffer structure of the all-new sixth-Gen Camaro, coupled with Magnetic Ride suspension and an electronic limited-slip differential. Specially designed and by the way they look super cool in photos, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels with 285/30ZR20 front and 305/30ZR20 rear tires. Another bespoke element is the Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires with a compound and construction developed exclusively for the Camaro to offer exceptional grip on the track. Brembo brakes with six-piston monobloc front calipers – featuring the ZL1 logo – and massive, 15.35-inch (390 mm) two-piece front rotors.
The lower grille opening, for example, offers greater airflow compared to the Camaro SS, and the upper grille incorporates a new version of the “flow-tie” open bowtie insignia. There’s also a new hood, with a carbon fiber insert and heat extractor that pulls hot air from the engine compartment. Additional changes include a larger front splitter, unique rockers, a wing-style rear spoiler and wider front fenders – all tuned to improve aerodynamics for greater high-speed stability.
“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.”
A cohesive suite of performance technologies tailors ZL1’s performance for street and track. Features include an updated Magnetic Ride suspension, Performance Traction Management, electronic limited-slip differential, Custom Launch Control and Driver Mode Selector. It also has a stronger power-to-weight ratio than its predecessor, weighing 200 pounds less, while offering approximately 60 more horsepower and 80 more pound-feet of torque.
One Car for any Face-Off!
Though the performance figures are yet-to-be-revealed, according to Chevrolet there wont be any other model like Shelby 350 for the road and the Shelby 350R, ZL1 would be the one standard car. Standard technologies include Driver Mode Selector, dual-mode exhaust. The available exclusive Chevrolet Performance Data Recorder logs video of the driving sessions, along with real-time performance data that is transferred on a SD memory card to further analyze technique and hone the driving abilities. Also, most importantly for the owner, when someone else is driving the car, Valet Mode can capture video and data for additional peace of mind.
So there you have it, you drooling Camaro fanboy!