What is it?
The ultimate pony car, for now at least. The Camaro ZL1 combines the supercharged 6.2-litre V8 from the Corvette ZR1 with the marginally increased practicality of its cramped four-seat cabin. It’s also sold at a substantial discount, $62,500 for the regular ZL1, and $71,300 for the more track-focussed ZL1 1LE.
With 641bhp the mighty V8 outguns the current top-spec Mustang GT350 by 115bhp, but the more important statistic for GM’s engineers is the 7:16 Nordschlieffe time a 1LE posted in 2017. Not only is it massively cheaper than any other car to have posted comparable performance, it also achieved that time with a manual gearbox.
A 10-speed autobox is also available, and we drove both a ZL1 auto and a ZL1 1LE manual on the roads of Michigan. Both feature styling that turns the aggression of the standard Camaro to something close to a steroid rage, with a huge front splitter and the bonnet’s power bulge finished in raw carbon fibre. The 1LE adds extra winglets and aerovanes, plus a huge rear wing; it also gets user adjustable track suspension as standard.