Camaros have always been about performance more than modern niceties and creature comforts. Simply put, it’s muscle over everything else. Things change, however, with the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, which combine serious power and performance with technologies that round out a truly modern vehicle.
How modern? For starters, it has a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, and built-in performance data recorder that logs both video and real-time data of driving sessions onto an SD memory card. Heck, there’s even a Valet Mode that lets you check those same information remotely for your personal peace of mind.
Billed as being “purpose-built to challenge the most advanced sports coupes in the world,” the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 runs on a supercharged 6.3-liter V8 that puts out 640 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque – a bump of 60 and 80 from its predecessor, while posting 200 pounds less weight. That engine can be mated to GM’s long-awaited 10-speed automatic transmission, although you can opt for a six-speed manual if you prefer a more old-school driving feel.
Beyond the engine, most everything else about the vehicle is tuned for performance. The chassis, for instance, comes with magnetic ride suspension, performance traction management, electronic limited-slip differential, and custom launch control, while the exterior boasts serious aerodynamics, with the outfit logging in over 100 hours in wind-tunnel and on-track testing to get the shape just right. Those body details include a larger lower grille for better airflow, a larger front splitter, wider front fenders, and a wing-style rear spoiler. Unlike most sports coupes, the stock ZL1 is actually equipped for the track, with a smattering of track-ready elements including 11 heat exchangers for optimal powertrain cooling.
The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will go on sale later this year, although no pricing has been announced.