Compared to its predecessor, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 has slimmed down by 90 kg, while gaining 60 hp in the stable. The mechanical heart is the LT4 engine, a supercharged 6.2 V8 supercharged by supercharger that can erode a whopping 868 Nm to the transmission. As with the previous model, it is available with manual or automatic transmission.
In the first case we have a six-speed gearbox with rev-matching - as if it were doing the double clutching for us - or an automatic with a dozen gears. Yes, you read that right, ten gears. General Motors has adapted this gearbox to the particularities of the Camaro with a wide range of ratios to take advantage of the engine better than a pig at a slaughter.
As for performance, at the moment, we have no idea.
Externally we will recognize the ZL1 by a more aggressive image, as it has been tuned in wind tunnel to improve the aerodynamic load in circuit and to improve the cooling of the various mechanical elements. Not in vain has 11 heat exchangers, so that so much American power is manageable even at Laguna Seca. The hood is striking for its hot air outlet, with a carbon fiber insert.
At chassis level we are going to find Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tyres on the front axle in 285/30 ZR20 dimensions, and on the rear they increase to 305/30 ZR20. In spite of that night compress-like profile, GM assures that it's more comfortable, thanks to the Magnetic Ride suspension revised for this model.
The rear axle differential has electronic self-locking! WTF?
Unlike other competitors, and itself in the past, the race-track package comes as standard. It includes, among other things, the oversized intake and exhaust, or the front Brembo brakes with 390 mm discs and six-piston calipers, obviously with the ZL1 logo. Nothing special is said about the rear brakes.
Inside we find the usual sporty contoured seats signed by Recaro, as well as a suede steering wheel and gearshift knob, as well as ZL1 logos. The driver has at his disposal gadgets such as the electronic management of start from standstill (Launch Control) or the possibility of saving the telemetry to analyze it after doing a few laps.
At the moment, this is what we know, General Motors does not usually release all the gossip in the first press release.