New 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Is A Sophisticated Brute

Over the years, Chevrolet’s Camaro evolved from pony car to muscle car, and now, to “super-car”, with the latest iteration of the ZL1 making its debut at the New York Auto Show.

The 2017 Camaro ZL1’s aggressive, sharp lines aren’t there for show, as it signals the monster that dwells under the hood. Taken from the Z06 Corvette, the 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 engine makes sure this Camaro is taken seriously, developing a mind-boggling 640hp (477 kW) and 640 lb-ft of torque (868 Nm). That’s more than a Lamborghini Huracan, mind you.

With a 60hp and 84 lb-ft leap over the previous Camaro ZL1’s 580hp 6.2-liter supercharged LSA powerplant, the new model should be faster than the old one that hit 60mph (96km/h) from standstill in in 4.0 seconds for the manual and 3.9 seconds for the automatic version, reaching speeds of up to 184 mph (296 km/h).

A standard, six-speed manual transmission with active rev-matching, as well as a brand-new 10-speed automatic with paddle shifters are responsible for getting the power to the 20-inch rear wheels, wrapped in 305/30ZR20 Goodyear tires.

 The car also gets a suite of performance tech to help it perform, including an updated Magnetic Ride suspension, Performance Traction Management, electronic limited-slip differential, Custom Launch Control and Driver Mode Selector.