470kW 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 unwrapped

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.

Chevrolet has taken the wraps off its high-performance Camaro ZL1.

Powered by a 6.2-litre supercharged LT4 V8 engine instead of the 6.2-litre LT1 V8 on the SS, the small-block V8 churns out 470kW and 868Nm of torque. It is mated to either a 6-speed manual or a new 10-speed automatic transmission with a 7.39 overall ratio – the first GM product to feature this transmission.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

It also features a Custom Launch Control, performance traction management, an electronic limited-slip differential, Driver Mode Selector and dual-mode exhaust.

The ZL1 is said to have undergone over 100 hours of wind-tunnel testing and on-track validation to improve aerodynamics and cooling. It is also 90kg lighter than its predecessor.

Outside, it can be distinguished with a new upper and lower grille opening, while the bonnet features carbon fibre insert and heat extractor for the engine. Other changes include a bigger front splitter, wider front fender, unique rockers and a ‘subtle’ wing-style rear spoiler; all of which have been tuned to provide better aerodynamics and high-speed stability. Its handling is further enhanced with the magnetic ride suspension.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The car rolls on 20-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tyres measuring 285/30ZR20 at the front and 305/30ZR20 at the rear. To rein in the power, the ZL1 is equipped with Brembo brakes with six-piston mono block front calipers and 390mm two-piece front rotors.

The cabin is also suitably decked out with Recaro front seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and gear shift knob, both of which is wrapped in suede. There’s also Chevrolet’s Performance Data Recorder and advanced connectivity features.

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