The 2017 Camaro ZL1 is poised to challenge the most advanced sports coupes in the world in any measure – with unprecedented levels of technology, refinement, track capability and straight-line acceleration. A cohesive suite of performance technologies tailors ZL1’s performance, featuring an updated Magnetic Ride suspension, Performance Traction Management, electronic limited-slip differential, Custom Launch Control and Driver Mode Selector. With a stronger power-to-weight ratio than its predecessor, it weighs 200 pounds less, and offers approximately 60 more horsepower and 80 more pound-feet of torque.
The 2017 Camaro ZL1 is poised to challenge the most advanced sports coupes in the world in any measure – with unprecedented levels of technology, refinement, track capability and straight-line acceleration. A cohesive suite of performance technologies tailors ZL1’s performance, featuring an updated Magnetic Ride suspension, Performance Traction Management, electronic limited-slip differential, Custom Launch Control and Driver Mode Selector. With a stronger power-to-weight ratio than its predecessor, it weighs 200 pounds less, and offers approximately 60 more horsepower and 80 more pound-feet of torque.
The 2017 Camaro ZL1 is poised to challenge the most advanced sports coupes in the world in any measure – with unprecedented levels of technology, refinement, track capability and straight-line acceleration. A cohesive suite of performance technologies tailors ZL1’s performance, featuring an updated Magnetic Ride suspension, Performance Traction Management, electronic limited-slip differential, Custom Launch Control and Driver Mode Selector. With a stronger power-to-weight ratio than its predecessor, it weighs 200 pounds less, and offers approximately 60 more horsepower and 80 more pound-feet of torque.
The 2017 Camaro ZL1 is poised to challenge the most advanced sports coupes in the world in any measure – with unprecedented levels of technology, refinement, track capability and straight-line acceleration. A cohesive suite of performance technologies tailors ZL1’s performance, featuring an updated Magnetic Ride suspension, Performance Traction Management, electronic limited-slip differential, Custom Launch Control and Driver Mode Selector. With a stronger power-to-weight ratio than its predecessor, it weighs 200 pounds less, and offers approximately 60 more horsepower and 80 more pound-feet of torque.
The driver-focused interior of the Camaro ZL1 features standard Recaro front seats, along with a sueded flat-bottom steering wheel and shift knob. Chevrolet’s Performance Data Recorder is available, and allows drivers to record, share and analyze driving experiences on and off the track.
The driver-focused interior of the Camaro ZL1 features standard Recaro front seats, along with a sueded flat-bottom steering wheel and shift knob. Chevrolet’s Performance Data Recorder is available, and allows drivers to record, share and analyze driving experiences on and off the track.
The ZL1 features a 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), backed by a standard six-speed manual transmission or all-new, available paddle-shift 10-speed automatic. The 10-speed automatic has 7.39 overall ratio for smaller steps between gears. It enables the LT4 engine to remain at optimal rpm levels during acceleration, particularly when exiting corners, for quicker laps and lightning-quick responses on both up- and down-shifts.
The ZL1 features a 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), backed by a standard six-speed manual transmission or all-new, available paddle-shift 10-speed automatic. The 10-speed automatic has 7.39 overall ratio for smaller steps between gears. It enables the LT4 engine to remain at optimal rpm levels during acceleration, particularly when exiting corners, for quicker laps and lightning-quick responses on both up- and down-shifts.

By: Dave Abrahams

Detroit, Michigan - There's a reason they call them muscle-cars.

Historically, American performance cars have been, by European standards, big, clumsy, underdeveloped and remarkably unsophisticated.

So you'll forgive us a certain measure of scepticism when Chevrolet global product development head Mark Reuss says the 2017 Camaro ZL1 is "poised to challenge the most advanced sports coupés in the world, in any measure".

Lighter, tighter new Camaro revealed

Rather than poking fun at Chev's new Bad Boy, however, let's focus on what it does have, starting with its 6.2-litre LT4 supercharged petrol V8. Intake and exhaust systems have been tailored specifically for this car, and it's rated for 477kW and a robust 868Nm - 44kW and 108Nm more than its predecessor.

Compared to European boosted V8s such as the Mercedes-Benz SL63 (5.5 litres, 430kW, 900Nm), Jaguar F-Type SVR (5 litres, 423kW, 700Nm), Porsche Panamera Turbo S (4.8 litres, 419kW, 800Nm) and BMW M6 Competition (4.4 litres, 441kW, 700Nm) it stacks up quite well, although the Ferrari 488 (3.9 litres, 492kW, 760Nm) and McLaren 675LT (3.8 litres, 496kW, 700Nm) are clearly in a different league altogether.

The LT4 drives the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual gearbox or an (optional) all-new 10-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, and an electronic limited-slip differential. Magnetic ride adaptive suspension is standard, as are 390mm ventilated front discs and six-pot Brembo monobloc callipers, behind 20 inch forged alloy rims shod with 285/30 front and 305/30 rear Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar gumballs.

GIZMOTRONICS

Three drive modes are standard, as are exhaust flaps, traction control, launch control and 'advanced connectivity features' (wireless smartphone charging, 4G LTE and Apple CarPlay) while a performance data logger is an extra-cost option.

The cabin furniture has been tricked out to match the car's gonzo persona, with standard Recaro front sports seats, and a flat-bottomed 'sueded' steering wheel and gear-lever knob, which we assume is GM-speak for alcantara synthetic suede trim.

No performance figures have been released as yet, beyond a generalised statement that the new Camaro's body-shell is both stiffer and 90kg lighter than its predecessor, so it should be plenty fast.

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will be released in North America during the fourth quarter of 2016; sadly, there are no plans for right-hand drive production, so we won't be seeing it here in South Africa.

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