Unleashing the Beast: The 2017 Camaro ZL1


Anyone who’s ever driven a Corvette knows the one thing lacking in Chevrolet’s incredibly powerful sports car is room for more people to enjoy the ride. Enter the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.  Now before you close this blog in disgust, let’s be clear. No one with any knowledge of sports cars is going to mistake a Camaro for a Corvette.  However, when you see what Chevrolet is rolling out for the Camaro’s 50th anniversary, you’ll swear you’re driving a ‘Vette with four seats.

This sixth-generation Camaro is being touted as “the most powerful Camaro ever produced.” One look at the specs will confirm that statement. Taking it’s cue from the Corvette Z06’s supercharged LT4 6.2L V8 engine, the ZL1 is powered by a redesigned-for-the-Camaro version of the ‘Vette’s V8. With an estimated 640 horsepower and 640 lb.-ft of torque coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission, it should be pretty obvious that the ZL1 has enough road chewing power to take on pretty much anything that crosses its line of sight.

The engine specs aren’t the only thing similar to the Corvette Z06. Toss in the Z06’s magnetorheological shocks, computer controlled limited-slip differential, Bembo brakes, RECARO® performance seats, and Chevrolet’s Performance Data Recorder (just to name a few amenities) and the similarities between Chevrolet’s performance cars are obvious. Simply put, when you put your foot into this beast, the Joneses aren’t going to be the only ones having a hard time keeping up with you:

Once you get a peek at the ZL1’s exterior, the similarities disappear. The Camaro’s iconic design still screams “muscle car”, but this time there’s a few twists that will definitely move it off the drag strip and onto the racetrack. Twenty-inch wheels wrapped in 285-wide front and 305-wide rear Goodyear Eagle F1Supercar tires are typically the first thing to catch the eye, but they won’t stop there for long. From the larger front grille and a newer version of the Z/28’s “flow tie” to the two-mode exhaust and rear racing spoiler, the completely redesigned Camaro ZL1 is a visual feast for power-hungry eyes.

The software is just as impressive as the hardware. Sink into the suede-accented racing seats and feast your eyes on the technical wizardry that awaits you. All of the entertainment bells and whistles are there as well as a few extra features for the racing aficionado. The ZL1 comes standard with Chevrolet’s Performance Traction Management system as well as a Drive Mode Selector which allows the driver as much control over the car’s computer assisted features as they want. Want to adjust the launch rpm needed for different track conditions? Chevrolet’s custom launch control has you covered. Want to record and save your racing data and even capture a video of your lap time? The built-in Performance Data Recorder is just what the doctor ordered. Needless to say, if you’re into racing, the ZL1 is loaded with everything you’d ever want in a racetrack machine.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. With a roll out scheduled sometime in the 4th quarter of 2016, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is poised to bring shock and awe not only to the fortunate few car enthusiasts and automotive reviewers who have seen and driven this incredible machine, but to you as well. Schedule your test drive today and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Chevrolet’s premier performance sports car with Finnegan Chevrolet Buick GMC.


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