The 2017 Camaro ZL1 was designed to be the best all around muscle car in the Camaro lineup, sort of a jack of all trades if you will. With a 650hp supercharged 6.2L V8 it was undeniably fast both in a straight line and on the track. It even managed to lap the Nurburgring with a posted time of 7 minutes 29 seconds, which is fast enough to take down the Mustang GT350R. And according to the latest news coming from Chevy, the next generation of the ZL1 just got even better.
They are calling it the ZL1 1LE and essentially it will be the track-focused Z/28, only with the addition of the 650hp supercharged engine. Just by looking at this new Camaro you can tell that it means business.The majority of the upgrades from the standard ZL1 are located outside the engine bay, considering the engine is the exact same.
The first indication should be the more aggressive stance and of course the giant rear wing and front splitter that was found on the Z/28. But it’s more than that. Chevy was able to shed a total of 60lbs from the standard ZL1 thanks to the addition of the DSSV spool-valve dampeners that were used on the popular Colorado ZR2. By using this new suspension technology they provide the ability to adjust things like anti-roll bars, camber plates, and even the overall ride height.
This new Camaro is designed and built for the type of person that absolutely loves to drive and you can come to that conclusion based on one thing. The fact that it will only come with a true three-pedal six-speed manual transmission. Because when you’re driving a 650hp muscle car, the last thing you want is a lame automatic transmission. The ZL1 1LE also has upgraded tires from the standard model, and I bring that up for two reasons. They decided to use Goodyear’s new Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires that were designed specifically for the ZL1 1LE. The second reason is these new tires are also the widest to ever appear on a factory Camaro and that means that traction in the corners should be stellar, to say the least.
With all these new upgrades, the ZL1 1LE can lap the GM Milford proving grounds a full three seconds faster than the standard ZL1. Which might not seem like much, but in racing and lap times, three seconds is an eternity. So we can expect that this new model will be able to destroy the ZL1’s record at the ring, but only time will tell. No pricing was released for this new model, but with the ZL1 costing around $63,000, I expect to see the final figure closer to $70,000 after you add in the cost for the 1LE track package.