NY LIVE: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
The 640-hp ZL1 is offered with an optional ten-speed automatic.
Chevrolet is bringing back the storied ZL1 nameplate on a more hardcore version of the sixth-generation Camaro. Initially unveiled as a coupe, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 made its debut this week at the New York Auto Show.
Power for the ZL1 comes from a 6.2-liter V8 engine called LT4 internally that uses a large supercharger to pump out 640 horsepower and 640 lb-ft. of torque. The eight-cylinder's grunt is sent to the rear wheels via either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional ten-speed automatic unit -- a first in Chevrolet's 105-year long history. Performance specifications haven't been announced yet.
Designed to hit the track, the ZL1 benefits from a drive mode selector, six-piston front calipers, Chevrolet's Magnetic Ride Control technology, and an electronic limited-slip differential. It also comes standard with no less than 11 heat exchangers to keep the powertrain cool during hot laps.
To make the ZL1 more aerodynamic, Chevrolet has added a model-specific body kit which brings a bigger front splitter, a deeper grille that increases airflow, a re-shaped hood with a carbon fiber insert, and wider front fenders. The kit also includes new side skirts and a sizable wing on the trunk lid. Finally, the ZL1 rides on 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped by Goodyear Eagle F1 tires that were developed specifically for it.
Inside, the front passengers sit on Recaro bucket seats, and the steering is commanded through a three-spoke flat-bottomed wheel. The trick Performance Data Recorder that's already offered on a handful of high-performance Chevrolet and Cadillac models can be ordered at an extra cost.
Leftlane will be on location to bring you live images of the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 straight from the show floor in the Big Apple. The Bowtie's newest muscle car will go on sale later this year, but pricing details haven't been revealed yet.
What's next?Chevrolet parent company General Motors expects the ZL1's ten-speed automatic transmission will trickle down to no less than eight models by 2018.
Live photos by Brian Williams.