What is it?
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is the most potent Camaro ever produced, which Chevy has built to go toe-to-toe with Ford’s quickest Mustang, the Shelby GT500.
The four-seat, rear-drive muscle car is a tribute to the rare 1969 Camaro ZL1; a lightened, high-performance version geared towards the drag strip, where many owners enjoyed pushing their Chevrolets to the limit.
Chevy designed the latest Camaro to be at home on the strip and the race track, but also to have enough poise to allow it to be used as a daily driver.
At the heart of the car is a supercharged 6.2-litre engine (the same engine as in the Cadillac CTS-V) that’s tuned to produce 572bhp and 556lb ft.
The team behind the ZL1 re-engineered about 30 per cent of the Camaro SS to make the latest version, with race-oriented changes such as improved cooling systems, beefed-up differentials, clutch and brakes and significantly tweaked aerodynamics to provide downforce.
As well as more efficient cooling systems to cope with track use, the ZL1 is the first car to feature Chevrolet’s third-generation magnetic ride suspension system. This Camaro also gets Performance Traction Management, which controls the level of interference from the electronic driver aids. It features wet and dry road modes and three increasingly liberal track settings, another signal of Chevrolet’s intended market for the ZL1.
The ZL1’s straight-to-the-point attitude means it is ready for track use as soon as it has been run-in. The list of optional extras extends to an automatic transmission, a choice of wheels, a sunroof and very little else.