Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 revealed early with 640 HP


The most powerful production Camaro yet gets an early reveal before its scheduled debut at this year’s New York International Auto Show. Called the 2017 Camaro ZL1, the new model is now the top-of-the line model available in the Camaro range and gets a host of powertrain and chassis upgrades.


“The Camaro ZL1 is designed to excel at everything. 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.” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development.

In order to differentiate itself from standard Camaro models, the ZL1 gets a new front bumper. It has bigger air dams, front splitter, sleek side skirts, a wing-style rear spoiler and wider front fenders. A carbon fiber hood with heat extractor that pulls hot air from the engine also makes its way in the ZL1 Camaro. In addition, Chevrolet stated that the exterior design of the ZL1 took more than 100 hours of wind-tunnel testing and on-track validation to improve aerodynamics and cooling for track use.


Aboard the ZL1, it gets a pair of black leather bucket seats with red contrast stitching from Recaro. Additional suede trim with red stitching can also be seen throughout the cabin, along with ZL1 badging on the Recaro seats. Other equipment present in the ZL1 include a flat-bottom steering wheel, MyLink with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Providing the necessary grunt is a supercharged LT4 6.2-liter V8 which cranks out 640 HP and 640 ft. lbs. of torque. It also benefits from a bespoke intake and exhaust system that was specifically engineeredfor the ZL1. Available transmissions for the Camaro ZL1 include a 6-speed manual and a new 10-speed automatic with paddle shifters. According to Chevrolet, the 10-speed automatic allows the 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.

Other technologies present on the Camaro ZL1 are the following: Magnetic Ride suspension, Performance Traction Management, electronic limited-slip differential, Custom Launch Control and a Driver Mode Selector.


For grip, it gets Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires mounted on 20-inch forged aluminum wheels. The front axle has 285/30ZR20 in while the rear axle gets 305/30ZR20. Stopping power is provided by Brembo brakes with six-piston monobloc front calipers and 390 mm two-piece front rotors.