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2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Climbs to 640 Horsepower Performance Peak

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Through all the focus on electrified compact vehicles and vehicle technology that is rapidly advancing to the point the steering wheel may be taken out of our hands in the near future, fans of the high-performance automobile could be understandably unnerved on occasions. As United States and Canada instituted new fuel economy targets of 54.5 miles per gallon per manufacturer, the news was also arriving with wonder of what will happen to the current sports car landscape. To be honest, it actually appears to be getting better.

Thankfully, a lot of the technology going into producing more efficient cars has presented desirable qualities to the newest examples of popular high-performance and sports cars. Advancements in aerodynamics, greater integration of lightweight materials and greater development into new engine technologies used to gain advantages to explore expanded levels of go-fast driving. The sixth generation Chevrolet Camaro introduced for the 2016 model year received a smaller stature, lighter weight and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine but promised the best was yet to come in the General Motors’ pony car’s performance life. With 640-horsepower, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 will be the most powerful and most extensively-engineered for a dynasty created almost 50 years ago.

At home in the 2017 edition of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 sport coupe, a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 LT4 engine works as a high-performance maestro. Borrowed from the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, the powerplant is specially configured for the ZL1. For the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, the supercharger-aided engine generates 640-horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. Active Fuel Management, continuously variable valve timing and gasoline direct injection is additional features found in the LT4 engine powering the 2017 Camaro ZL1. A dual-mode exhaust insures the right powerplant tone is being achieved. Not quite into Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat territory, the new 2017 ZL1 engine should nonetheless pacify fans of the bowtie (especially considering what else comes with this extreme example of the Chevrolet pony car).

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will be the brand’s first deployment of a 10-speed automatic transmission. Calibrated to the unique performance attributes of the supercharged 6.2-liter engine’s duty for delivering 640-horsepower to the rear axle, the 10-speed automatic gearbox will permit the maintenance of a steady, optimum rev range for peak performance. The new Camaro ZL1 is slated to be the one of eight General Motors vehicles set to be equipped with the high gear count transmission by the end of 2018. Purists behind the wheel can still master their own control of the high-performance pony car’s shifter. A six-speed manual transmission with active rev matching is the standard equipped gearbox on the 2017 Camaro ZL1. The powertrain of the new ZL1 promotes optimized cooling through the use of a total 11 heat exchangers.

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The 640-horsepower engine will be companioned with the highly-light conscious sixth generation Chevrolet Camaro structure. The new ZL1 is slated to weigh 200 pounds less than the previous version of the highest performance Camaro. Coupled with the added 60 horsepower and 80 extra pound-feet of torque, we should be all-but guaranteed at this points the 2017 ZL1 will exceed the dynamic prowess of the last generation vehicle.

Without any immediate performance statistics, the assumed momentum of the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 promises to be supported by several active traits. A high-tech suspension using Magnetic Ride control and a customizable handling package supplied through Performance Traction Management is part of the new sport coupe. An electronic limited-slip differential is mounted to the rear of 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The Camaro ZL1's contact to the ground is furnished by Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires mounted to 20-inch forged aluminum wheels. Braking for the high-performance coupe is delivered by Brembo with large diameter front discs with six-piston monobloc front calipers.

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 also adds unique styling aligned as functional components. A noticeable wing-style rear spoiler rests conspicuously over the rear deck of the sport coupe. At the front, the upper grille section of the 2017 ZL1 features a bowtie badge that has been converted into what Chevrolet calls a “flow-tie” for greater airflow into the engine compartment. Other details embedded into the ZL1 package is wider front fenders, large front splitter, and a hood incorporating a carbon fiber insert and heat extractor.

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The 2+2 passenger performance car includes an interior to match the outer performance prowess. Sport-themed Recaro seats are located in the front of the cabin of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. A flat-bottom steering wheel and shifter knob both feature a sueded covering for an added grip. The Camaro ZL1 will also feature the high-tech connectivity and a Driver Mode Selector. The Performance Data Recorder as an available feature.

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is slated to be unleashed later in 2016 with pricing details to be released at a later time.


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