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Revealed: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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With the release of the 2017 Camaro ZL1 comes enthusiastic and bold claims from executive vice president of Global Product Development, Mark Reuss. In a recent press release, Reuss states the new ZL1 is “designed to excel at everything” and will “compare well to any sports coupe, at any price and in any setting.”

The ZL1 features a supercharged LT4 6.2L V-8 Small Block engine, with intake and exhaust systems tailored for Camaro. It is rated at an estimated 640 horsepower (477 kW) and 640 lb-ft of torque (868 Nm), backed by a standard six-speed manual transmission or all-new, available paddle-shift 10-speed automatic. The 10-speed automatic has 7.39 overall ratio for smaller steps between gears. It enables the LT4 engine to remain at optimal rpm levels during acceleration, particularly when exiting corners, for quicker laps and lightning-quick responses on both up- and down-shifts.

The car company designed the ZL1 to excel on and off the track, with a focus on acceleration and handling. Power is delivered by a new supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine which boasts 640 horsepower. Buyers can choose from a six-speed manual transmission or opt for the all-new 10-speed automatic.

The driver-focused interior of the Camaro ZL1 features standard Recaro front seats, along with a sueded flat-bottom steering wheel and shift knob. Chevrolet’s Performance Data Recorder is available, and allows drivers to record, share and analyze driving experiences on and off the track.

The ZL1 includes a host of new and updated features including an updated Magnetic ride suspension and electronic limited-slip differential. Thanks to a drop in weight by 200 lbs and an addition of 60 horsepower and 80 pound-feet of torque, the ZL1 comes in much more powerful than its predecessor. Finally, the optional 10-speed automatic transmission offers drivers, “new quick-shirt 10-speed with unique calibrations and hardware developed exclusively for the ZL1.” This new transmission will be introduced in eight GM models going forward.

The 2017 Camaro ZL1 is poised to challenge the most advanced sports coupes in the world in any measure – with unprecedented levels of technology, refinement, track capability and straight-line acceleration. A cohesive suite of performance technologies tailors ZL1’s performance, featuring an updated Magnetic Ride suspension, Performance Traction Management, electronic limited-slip differential, Custom Launch Control and Driver Mode Selector. With a stronger power-to-weight ratio than its predecessor, it weighs 200 pounds less, and offers approximately 60 more horsepower and 80 more pound-feet of torque.

Price and release date have not yet been speficied, but the car company states buyers can expect the new Camaro to go on sale later this year.

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The 2017 Camaro ZL1 is poised to challenge the most advanced sports coupes in the world in any measure – with unprecedented levels of technology, refinement, track capability and straight-line acceleration. A cohesive suite of performance technologies tailors ZL1’s performance, featuring an updated Magnetic Ride suspension, Performance Traction Management, electronic limited-slip differential, Custom Launch Control and Driver Mode Selector. With a stronger power-to-weight ratio than its predecessor, it weighs 200 pounds less, and offers approximately 60 more horsepower and 80 more pound-feet of torque.