We’re far, far removed from the muscle car era, but muscle cars haven’t left us and have in fact evolved with the times spectacularly. The new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is a prime example of the fine piece of machinery they have become.
Powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that produces 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft. of torque – some 70 ponies and nearly 100 lb-ft. more than the previous ZL1 — the latest Camaro can easily accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill in 3.5 seconds and complete the quarter mile in 11.4 seconds.
Add to those impressive specs a top speed of over 200 mph (322 km) and a lateral acceleration of up to 1.02 g while cornering, and this new-age muscle car is truly a force to be reckoned with… not just in a straight line, but also around any race track.
Did we mention it makes as much power as the C7 Corvette Z06? Well, that’s to be expected considering it has the heart (engine) of the high-octane supercar.
In addition to being more powerful than before, the new Camaro ZL1 is also 200-pound (91 kg) lighter, contributing greatly to its superior power-to-weight ratio.
Other performance highlights include Brembo brakes with six-piston front calipers, an electronic limited-slip differential, and 11 heat exchangers that keep the powertrain cool during hot laps.
Traction is provided by 20-inch alloy wheels covered in specifically-developed Goodyear Eagle F1 tires.
Step inside the ZL1 and you will find a three-spoke flat-bottomed steering wheel, Recaro bucket seats and, if so-equipped, the handy Performance Data Recorder offered on a handful of high-performance Chevrolet and Cadillac sports cars.
If you’re a speed demons in the United States, you can have the new Chevy Camaro ZL1 for around $62,135 for the coupe and $69,135 for the convertible. Amazing value, right?
What crazy things would you do for one?