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2017 Camaro ZL1 Attacks the Ring

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In order to find inner peace, some prefer solitude or the wilderness. Our ideal spot for meditation and reflection would be the carousel of the Nürburgring. This 210-degree banked corner is the perfect vantage point to watch manufacturers test the limits of their latest models. Before the official reveal of the new Camaro ZL1, heavily disguised prototypes were seen (and heard) attacking the track in order to finalize the suspension tuning.

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.

Now that we know the finer details of the latest F-body, Team Camaro has been spotted sans camo by cvdzijden – Supercar Videos. In a YouTube video uploaded on Sunday, several flavors of the new ZL1 can be seen negotiating the historic track.

A traditional six-speed manual will be the preferred gearbox, but a new ten-speed automatic has been developed with Ford in order to achieve higher fuel economy ratings. If you listen closely, you can hear the different shift points of each car. The supercharged 6.2L LT4 from the Z06 doesn’t care what gear you choose because it makes more than 640 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque. Along with carbon fiber body panels, the 2017 ZL1 might be capable of sending competitors back to the drawing board. Turn up your volume and stay tuned to Autofluence for more Chevrolet Performance news.

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