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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Coupe
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GM took its gloves off and launched the Camaro ZL1 as a supercar beater; it was the big brawler that went on the street, picked up a fight with a Teutonic knight, and crushed him in four seconds or less.

While the retro-design conquered American car buyers' hearts and money, the memories about forgotten muscle-cars started to be heard again. This time, the modern muscle-cars are not afraid about cornering speed, and they don't share their rear suspension with a delivery van. And, perhaps, most importantly, they don't look like they were designed during lunch breaks.

The Camaro ZL1 was a special version of the well-known American coupe. At the front, it showed a bumper design like it was smiling, but it was a grin. Its narrow grille above the bumper was extended on the lower apron with a broad one where the ZL1 badge stood small in the upper left corner. From its sides, the Camaro ZL1 showed the same sculptured door panels and enlarged fenders and rear quarter panels, but in the back, there was a new wing on the trunk and four chromed exhausts under the bumper.

Inside, the sport bucket-seats upholstered in suede and contrast stitching were a promise for excellent side support. Cudos to the carmaker who took about the same consideration for the rear bench, albeit it could use some headrests.

The real transformation was under the bodywork. The ZL1 featured a supercharged V-8 that sent 650 hp to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual or, as an option, a ten-speed automatic. Its independent suspension and Brembo brakes transformed it into a track-ready car that could shake an Italian supercar's serenity. This time it wasn't all about a quarter-mile run. Its sibling, the ZL1 LE, lapped the Nurburgring track in 7m16s04," making it the fastest Camaro ever.

CHEVROLET Camaro ZL1 2018 - Present
CHEVROLET Camaro ZL1 (2018 - Present)
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CHEVROLET Camaro ZL1 2018 - Present
  2 gasoline engines
  • 6.2L LT4 V8 10AT (650 HP)
  • 6.2L LT4 V8 6MT (650 HP)

CHEVROLET Camaro ZL1 6.2L LT4 V8 10AT (650 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  6.2L LT4 V8 10AT (650 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
6162 cm3
Power
478.1 KW @ 6400 RPM
650 HP @ 6400 RPM
641 BHP @ 6400 RPM
Torque
479 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM
650 Nm @ 3600 RPM
Fuel System
Supercharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
198 mph (319 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
3.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
10-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
285/30ZR20 / 305/30ZR20
DIMENSIONS
Length
190.2 in (4831 mm)
Width
74.7 in (1897 mm)
Height
52.4 in (1331 mm)
Front/rear Track
63.4/62.6 in (1,610/1,590 mm)
Wheelbase
110.7 in (2812 mm)
Cargo Volume
9.1 cuFT (258 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Gross Weight Limit
3944 lbs (1789 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.6 mpg US (12 L/100Km)
Highway
11.8 mpg US (19.9 L/100Km)

CHEVROLET Camaro ZL1 6.2L LT4 V8 6MT (650 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  6.2L LT4 V8 6MT (650 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
6162 cm3
Power
478.1 KW @ 6400 RPM
650 HP @ 6400 RPM
641 BHP @ 6400 RPM
Torque
479 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM
650 Nm @ 3600 RPM
Fuel System
Supercharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
198 mph (319 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
3.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
285/30ZR20 / 305/30ZR20
DIMENSIONS
Length
190.2 in (4831 mm)
Width
74.7 in (1897 mm)
Height
52.4 in (1331 mm)
Front/rear Track
63.4/62.6 in (1,610/1,590 mm)
Wheelbase
110.7 in (2812 mm)
Cargo Volume
9.1 cuFT (258 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Gross Weight Limit
3883 lbs (1761 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
16.8 mpg US (14 L/100Km)
Highway
11.8 mpg US (19.9 L/100Km)
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