The upcoming 2017 Chevrolet ZL1 trim promises track-ready performance with daily-driver refinement.
First, the basics. The Camaro ZL1 will be equipped with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine. Chevy is estimating power at a ground-thumping 640 horsepower, with an identical 640 lb-ft of torque.
This puts the 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat in this Camaro’s sights, as well as the 526-hp Ford Mustang Shelby GT350.
And compared to the previous ZL1, Chevrolet claims a boost of 60 horsepower and 80 lb-ft of torque, in a Camaro that weighs 200 pounds less.
Two transmissions will be available – a manual six-speed with active rev matching…
…or a paddle-shifted, 10-speed automatic.
After debuting in the Camaro with gearing specific to the ZL1, the 10-speeder will be available in eight other GM models.
Tires are ZL1-specific Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercars, and they’re predictably wide, with a steamroller-like 305 mm of tread width on each of the rears.
Brembo brakes shut down the ZL1’s speed. Up front, there are six-piston calipers and giant, 15.35-inch rotors.
The Camaro’s solid platform, which is shared with the Cadillac ATS, forms the basis to which the ZL1 adds a revised Magnetic Ride suspension, Performance Traction Management and an electronic limited-slip differential.
There’s a Custom Launch Control to manage takeoffs, and the Driver Mode Selector defines different performance profiles.
Inside, the Camaro ZL1 has a businesslike environment with enough contrasting trim to make you feel like you’re in something special. Dig those red seatbelts.
You face flat-bottomed steering wheel with suede that matches that of the shifter.
Additionally, you can order up Chevrolet’s Performance Data Recorder to keep tabs on your times.
Seats are grippy Recaros.
In terms of styling, the Camaro ZL1’s special hood has a carbon fiber insert and heat extractor, to keep things cool under the hood.
Grille openings are larger, and the ZL1 sports the new “flow-tie” open bowtie logo.
“Fast with finesse,” is how Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development, described the ZL1.
“The Camaro ZL1 is designed to excel at everything,” Reuss said. “It will compare well to any sports coupe, at any price and in any setting.”
Here’s a promo video from Chevrolet with some fun track footage. Tell us in the comments – what do YOU think of the ZL1?