2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Review – Late last year, the world got its first taste of the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Fitted with a 650-horsepower supercharged LT4 V8, sport-tuned suspension and aero-enhancing body bits, it’s merely the greatest performing Camaro ever. Now, we’ve had the chance to slip behind the wheel of the just-released Camaro ZL1 and likewise took a look at the equally new 10-speed automatic transmission that can be had as an option to the vehicle’s basic Tremec 6-speed handbook. We owned both coupe and convertible ZL1 Camaros as part of a 500-mile run that took us from Charlotte to Daytona Beach in conjunction with this year’s running of the Daytona 500.
Other than for a mechanical rather than an electronic limited-slip differential in the brand-new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible, a revised decklid spoiler to much better accommodate the fabric top plus the extra bracing found in all Gen 6 Camaro drop-tops, the two ZL1 models are basically identical from a mechanical perspective. While calibration of the ZF electronic power steering and tuning of the standard FE4 Magentic Ride Suspension with Tour/Sport/Track/ Snow-Wet settings is body-style-specific to compensate for the Convertible’s additional 200 pounds of curb weight, Chevy made certain the stiffer ZL1-spec flight and managing criteria were at parity– a contention our drive appeared to prove out.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Exterior
As is the case with all high-performance designs, the sixth-gen Camaro’s front fascia has become a lot more aggressive with the ZL1 plan. Changes are huge in advance, where the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 uses a much larger intake under the slim grille, flanked by bigger, upgraded cooling ducts and vertical LED daytime running lights. There’s likewise a brand-new grille pattern for both upper and lower openings, wider front fenders, a black “bowtie” badge, and a vented hood with carbon-fiber insert and ZL1 logos. From the side, the Camaro ZL1 showcases new, black-painted side skirts extending toward the ground and a set of new, lightweight wheels in gloss-black. A decreased suspension setup takes the ZL1 closer to the ground than any other Camaro. The exterior of the coupe was formed throughout more than 100 hours of wind-tunnel and on-track testing for better aerodynamics and enhanced cooling. The brand-new front, lower grille enables higher air flow, while the larger front fenders and wing-style rear spoiler provide greater stability.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Interior
The interior of the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is almost identical to the SS model, featuring a similar flat-bottom steering wheel and shift knob wrapped in suede. The sporty Recaro front seats with ZL1 logos are basic. Other goodies consist of suede inserts on the passenger-side dashboard and door panels, contrast stitching, aluminum inserts, and a bespoke display screen for the infotainment screen. Besides that, the ZL1 displays the very same details seen in the revamped, 2016 Camaro. The infotainment screen is bigger and sits higher in the center stack, a lot of buttons are now positioned simply listed below the touchscreen, while the heating and cooling controls integrate into the rings surrounding the duct. Compared to the previous design, the new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 feels more upscale and large. I would’ve liked to see some carbon-fiber inserts and alternatives to make the cabin feel more track-oriented, but possibly Chevy is planning to use such features when the vehicle goes on sale. For the minute, details is extremely restricted in this area.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Engine
The previous 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 featured a supercharged, 6.2-liter, LSA V-8 engine based on the LS9 from the C6-generation Corvette ZR1. As anticipated, Chevy dropped the old system in favor of a more modern powerplant, choosing the bonkers LT4 that debuted in the Corvette Z06. The supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 shares most elements with the Corvette’s, but the consumption and exhaust system have actually been revised for the Camaro. The engine is rated at 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet, a 10-pound-feet and 10-horsepower boost from the original quote, makings the ZL1 as powerful as the Corvette Z06. Incredible! Compared to the previous ZL1, it’s a substantial increase of 70 horses and a whopping 94 pound-feet, which makes the brand-new ZL1 the most effective Camaro ever produced.
It’s a bit unexpected that Chevy opted to make the ZL1 as effective as the Corvette Z06, however that’s definitely excellent news. Needless to say, it will be intriguing to see how it fares against the more powerful, however much heavier, 707-horsepower Opposition Hellcat. Another brand-new feature is the 10-speed automated transmission with paddle shifters. Particularly tuned for the ZL1, the 10-cog unit has a 7.39 overall ratio for smaller actions in between gears and enables the engine to stay at optimal rpm levels throughout acceleration when leaving corners. Chevy declares it will provide quicker laps and “lightning-quick responses” on both up- and downshifts. Chevy even says its in-house testing has shown the 10-speed to be faster shifting than the Porsche PDK dual-clutch. The 1-2 upshift is stated to be 36 percent quicker and while the 2-3 and 3-4 upshifts are 27 and 26 percent quicker, respectively. The gearbox likewise offers higher effectiveness thanks to its added equipments. Its leading equipment is numerically lower than that of the Camaro SS’ eight-speed automated, suggesting the 6.2-liter V-8 will perform at a lower rpm on the highway, and potentially return much better fuel economy.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Price
Pricing for the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 starts from $62,135, a considerable hike compared with the outbound model, which retailed from $55,505. The Convertible expenses $7,000 more than the coupe, selling from $69,135 prior to alternatives. The $62,135 sticker makes the Camaro ZL1 the most expensive sixth-generation Camaro, a function that will not alter up until Chevrolet introduced the next-gen Z/28.