2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Delivers 11.4s Quarter Mile, Starts at $62,000

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Since Chevrolet knew that we could guestimate most of the details of the 2017 Camaro ZL1, the automaker went for a teasing reveal, one that kicked off with most of the info showing up back in the Spring.
The March announcement was followed by last month's joy - this is the natural emotion when an aficionado finds out the LT4 under the Camaro's hood wouldn't be downtuned compared to the Corvette Z06. Well, Chevy is now here to tell us how the 650 hp ZL1 puts its power down, all in the language of figures, of course.

3.5 seconds. That's how long it takes the 2017 ZL1 to play the 0 to 60 game, while the quarter-mile sprint can be handled in 11.4 seconds at 127 mph. This makes for a balanced Dodge Challenger Hellcat comparo, as the Mopar machine is at least 0.1s slower in the 0-60 sprint, but can complete the 1,320-foot run 0.2s quicker. And since the competing Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is still inside the gym, we have some waiting to do before getting a proper three-way comparison.

As expected, these figures are for the ten-speed auto version, not the one gifted with the six-speed manual. Regardless, the machine comes with matching stopping power, as it can complete the 60-0 task in 107 feet.

Since a Camaro SS is competent enough on a twisty course, the ZL1 takes the badge far away from the muscle-car-afraid-of-bends preconception. As a result, the Camaro, which is 220 lbs lighter than its sixth-gen equivalent, can convince the g meter to climb to 1.02 g on the skidpad.

If all of the above float your boat and you're planning to adorn your driveway with one of these, you should know the Coupe's MSRP sits at $62,135, while you'll have to pay at least $69,135 for the Convertible.

We didn't mention the track assets of the sixth-gen Camaro by accident. Since the new platform brings corner confidence to the badge, you can also have tons of fun below the ZL1 badge. To be more precise, the figures for the circuit-prepared Camaro 1LE have been published and things are looking good.

For instance, the SS 1LE, which borrows the C7 Corvette's LT1, delivers the same 1.02 cornering g as the ZL1, while coming with a 107 feet stopping distance (60-0).

When fitted with the 1LE package, which doesn't bring extra muscle, the V6 can complete the 0-60 task in 5.2 seconds, while the V8 only needs 4.2 seconds.

All we need to do now is wait for the ZL1 to hit the track and deliver some delicious videos (kind of like the one Chevy dropped below). Meanwhile, Hennessey's 1,000 HP 2017 ZL1 promise should keeps us busy.

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