2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – more aggressive design, better performance and features. The all new Camaro has been released quite recently but it is currently available only in its base trim levels which is a bit of a drawback when we think about the Mustang and all of its high performance versions. In order to compete with these cars as well as future muscle cars, GM is going to release in the next few years a few different versions of their muscle cars, all meant for completely different people.
One of these is going to be the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 which will be the most powerful stock Camaro ever made. This is expected to be released at the Detroit Auto Show in 2017 and it will be based on the same Alpha platform as the ongoing model.
Just as we mentioned above, the running gear of the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is going to be upgraded quite heavily. Firstly, the car will likely receive all aluminum suspension parts in order to make it handle as good as possible. The suspension system could receive an adaptive system that will make it handle better on different surfaces while the brakes may be carbon-ceramic for the first time ever on a Camaro.
ZL1 Redesign – Interior & Exterior
The design of the exterior will not remain unchanged either so it will receive a new body-kit. This time around though the kit will not be all that aggressive and we do expect a more subtle approach with bigger intakes, a splitter and even a rear diffuser. However, we are sure that only a trained eye will be able to spot the difference which is really nice on such a powerful car. The ZL1 will sit on lightweight wheels which will be wrapped in high performance tires and as standard it will come with LED headlights and tail lights, an active exhaust system as well as a few unique colors to it.
Inside view – still unknown exact details
The interior will likely be upgraded only slightly so the ZL1 should receive new front and rear seats that could be provided by Recaro this time, a new steering wheel as well as it will be similarly equipped to a top of the range Camaro.
The Engine – Upgraded performance
There have been many rumors about the engine of the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 but the most probable one to be installed under its hood is the same 6.2 liter supercharged V8 as the one in the Corvette Z06. This will make 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque which is a 70 horsepower boosst over the previous ZL1 Camaro. The engine will come with either a 6 speed manual or with an 8 speed instead of the usual 6 speed automatic. The Camaro ZL1 will be rear wheel drive only but in order to handle the extra power it is quite likely that GM will install a limited slip differential.
The performance numbers are unknown at this point but we expect a 0 to 60 MPH time of around 3.5 seconds and a top speed higher than 200 MPH which will be possible thanks to the more aerodynamic body of this new generation of the Camaro.
2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Price & Release date
Unlike the Z/28 high performance version, the ZL1 will be a true muscle car with a massively powerful engine installed in it as well as it will get upgrades to its running gear in order to handle the extra power. The exterior as well as its interior will be updated as well but more on that later.
The most interesting feature of the ZL1 Camaro is certainly going to be its price which will hover around $55,000. While this may not sound all that great, it will be one of the most powerful two door sports cars in the World and that is impressive.
Competitors: Dodge Challenger Hellcat & Shelby GT.