2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

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in Midsize coupes
2019 MODEL

$61,500

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Part of the legendary muscle trio, the Camaro is known for being mean and reckless speed. The muscle car concept should have stopped decades ago, but the rationality is not what us humans connect with. The ZL1 amplifies this image to a controlled yet crazy mechanical blend. The V8’s berserk power will give you a full zoom to what muscle car market has to offer. Not much has changed since last year’s model just a few tweaks on the front and the rear end and a new infotainment screen.

With a sticker price of $62,995, the 2019 Camaro ZL1 coupe is sports coupe with a crazy V8 engine. There is two transmission option with a 6-speed stick shift taking the lead, another 10-speed automatic transmission comes optional. The transmission sends the V8’s 650 horsepower and 650-pound feet of torque to the rear wheels of the Camaro.


Part of the legendary muscle trio, the Camaro is known for being mean and reckless speed. The muscle car concept should have stopped decades ago, but the rationality is not what us humans connect with. The ZL1 amplifies this image to a controlled yet crazy mechanical blend. The V8’s berserk power will give you a full zoom to what muscle car market has to offer. Not much has changed since last year’s model just a few tweaks on the front and the rear end and a new infotainment screen.

With a sticker price of $62,995, the 2019 Camaro ZL1 coupe is sports coupe with a crazy V8 engine. There is two transmission option with a 6-speed stick shift taking the lead, another 10-speed automatic transmission comes optional. The transmission sends the V8’s 650 horsepower and 650-pound feet of torque to the rear wheels of the Camaro.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Features

Sitting at the pinnacle of the Camaro lineup is the Camaro ZL1 and it’s the craziest a muscle car could ever get. You will need a hell of money to ride this badass beast and get the full zest if the muscle car persona. It's fitted with a Supercharged V8 engine mated to a 6-speed stick shift gearbox and a lunch control. Throw in the 1LE performance package and you will upgrade your Camaro with features like a carbon fiber hood and spoiler, race-oriented suspension dampers, and 19-inch allow wheels.

Trim

Camaro ZL1 Coupe

MSRP

$62,995

Key Features

StabiliTrak, electronic stability control system with traction control

 

External engine oil cooler

 

Rear window defogger

 

ZL1 rear spoiler

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Rear folding bench seat

 

Driver Selector Mode

 

Magnetic Ride Control

 

Electronic Limited-Slip Differential (eLSD)

 

Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System with 8" diagonal HD color touchscreen

 

Bose premium 9-speaker audio system

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Engine

Even with a smaller V6 engine, the Camaro is a surprisingly competent sports/muscle car. The performance gap between the V8 is shrinking, especially when it comes to handling. It's lively, inspires confidence and, above all, it's fun. And with a car like this, that's the whole point”- Edmunds

American muscles have always been about big guns, bigger the engine higher the driver’s macho. The ZL1 is carefully fitted with a 6.2L Supercharged V8 engine backed by a 6-speed manual transmission. Though the engine is synonymous to the SS trim the ZLT is tuned to muster a flabbergasted 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. The stick shift transmission boasts short throws and is equipped with rev-matching downshifts. An optional 10-speed automatic is also part of the ZL1 lineup.

The dual mode exhaust releases thundering pops and crackles like Zeus himself was driving the Camaro. The suspension is tuned perfectly and doesn’t let the gargantuan power take over the control. The power delivery is smooth and the accelerator is ready to punch in that torque to the rear wheels of the ZL1.

Models

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat coupe

Ford Shelby GT350 Coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 w/1LZ coupe

BMW M4 Coupe

Audi RS 5 coupe Quattro

Mercedes AMG C63 coupe

Cadillac ATS V coupe

MSRP

$62,995

$61,745

$61,435

$80,590

$70,145

$74,200

$68,750

$68,790

Engine

6.2L V8 Supercharged Big Block

6.2L V8 SRT

HEMI Supercharged

5.2L V8 Voodoo Naturally aspirated

6.2L V8 Supercharged Big Block

3.0L I-6 Twin Turbo

2.9L V6 Twin Turbo

4.0L V8 Twin Turbo

3.6L Twin Turbo V6

Transmission

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

7 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

8 Speed Automatic

9 Speed Automatic

6 Speed manual

Horsepower

650 [email protected] 6400rpm

717 [email protected] 6000rpm

526 [email protected] 7500rpm

650 [email protected] 6400rpm

425 [email protected] 5500rpm

444 [email protected] 5700 rpm

469 [email protected] 5500rpm

464 hp @ 5850 rpm

Torque

650 [email protected] 3600rpm

656 [email protected] 4800rpm

429 [email protected] 4750 rpm

650 [email protected] 3600rpm

406 [email protected] 1850rpm

443 [email protected] 1900 rpm

479 [email protected] 1750rpm

445 ft-lbs. @ 3500rpm

Acceleration

The V8 engine is crazy on the SS but this 650 horsepower rebel goes all berserk as you put the pedal through the metal. The Camaro rockets into the tarmac better than the wildest sports car you have known, the launch controls makes it's even better. The ZL1 makes the 0 to 60 mph test in just 3.5 seconds! And when it comes to a drag which is also the muscle car territory the Camaro hits the quarter mile light in just 11.4 seconds. The performance remains unchallenged by other muscles in the category.

Models

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat coupe

Ford Shelby GT350 Coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 w/1LZ coupe

BMW M4 Coupe

Audi RS 5 coupe Quattro

Mercedes AMG C63 coupe

Cadillac ATS V coupe

0-60 MPH

3.5 sec

3.6 sec

3.9 sec

2.9 sec

4.1 sec

3.8 sec

3.9 sec

3.8 sec

Quarter mile

11.4 sec

N/A

12.2 sec

10.9 sec

12.5 sec

12.0 sec

N/A

N/A

Engine

6.2L V8

6.2L V8

5.2L V8

6.2L V8

3.0L i6

2.9L V6

4.0L V8

3.6L V6

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Ride and Handling

ZLT is the ultimate Super Saiyan of all Camaros ever built. The muscle maniacs unquenched hunger for power will surely be satisfied for good. However, the car’s agility is not compromised with a higher power. The Camaro ZL1 is still nimble when you want it to be and has a great center of gravity. The car cuts corners like a hot knife through butter and overpowers any car in its way. The quick-shifting gears reach their full potential only with a badass driver.

There are 3 modes available, Tour, Sport, Snow, and Track mode which is exclusive to the ZL1 and SS trims. If we talk about suspension we have a performance-tuned suspension with magnetic dampers and an electronic limited-slip differential which keeps the ride composed. The flat bottom steering feels nice in hand with optimum control and response. The road feedback is fair as it's built more like a sports car in a muscle car shell. Everything on the ZL1 is amplified on the Track mode where the actual wildness comes.

Braking

Braking on the normal Camaro is acceptable and you can very well keep it as a daily driver, but the ZL1 is no ordinary muscle. Hence the reason Chevy installed 6-piston front and 4-piston rear Brembo brakes on the ZL1. The pedal feels stiff and confident the kind appreciated on a 600 hp plus muscle. During hard braking, the car halts from the speed of 60 mph in 107 feet which is a foot more than what other muscles perform.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat coupe

Ford Shelby GT350 coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 w/1LZ coupe

BMW M4 coupe

Audi RS 5 coupe Quattro

Mercedes AMG C63 coupe

Cadillac ATS V coupe

Brake Front (in.)

N/A

15.4

15.5

14.6

15

13.8

14.2

12.4

Brake Rear (in.)

N/A

13.8

14.9

14.4

14.6

13

14.2

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3883

4429

3760

3524

3625

3649

4074

3803

60-0 MPH (ft.)

107

N/A

96

99.6

108

N/A

N/A

N/A

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Fuel Economy

With an appetitive of a full sized hippo, the Camaro ZL1 is a constant at the gas station. With a tank capacity of 19 gallons, the ZL1 won't save you a dollar in the name of economy, the V8 power comes at the expense of economy after all. However, compared to other muscles in the US market its the average ergonomic numbers. In the city, you can expect 14 mpg and in the highway the number expands to 20 mpg, together you have a combined mileage of 16 mpg.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat coupe

Ford Shelby GT350 coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 w/1LZ coupe

BMW M4 coupe

Audi RS 5 coupe Quattro

Mercedes AMG C63 coupe

Cadillac ATS V coupe

MPG (city)

14

13

14

15

18

18

18

16

MPG (highway)

20

21

21

22

25

26

27

23

MPG (combined)

16

16

16

17

20

21

21

19

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Interior

This Camaro improves on its predecessor in many ways, but many elements still have us scratching our heads. It struggles with some usability issues that arise from the aggressive styling, particularly in regard to visibility. Chief rivals are far less compromised”- Interior

Seating and Comfort

The exterior’s retro-modernized persona leaks into the interior design as well. There are a lot of elements with strong styling like the steering wheel, dash, and odd placement of AC vents, all with the pony car aggression. The features list is rich but the placement is not that smart, it will take a few trials before being completely acquainted with all features and buttons. There are standard RECARO seats since it’s listed as a performance muscle through its positioning feels more like build for taller people. Then you have the telescopic steering wheel which feels good and can be tilt adjusted to secure the ideal driving position. You do have a good look of the gauge cluster and steering while driving the ZL1 which can be distracting.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat coupe

Ford Shelby GT350 coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 w/1LZ coupe

BMW M4 coupe

Audi RS 5 coupe Quattro

Mercedes AMG C63 coupe

Cadillac ATS V coupe

Passenger capacity

4

5

4

2

4

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.5/NA/43.9

39.3/58.5/42.0

37.6/56.3/44.5

37.9/55.2/43.0

39.8/55.3/42.2

39/55.3/41.3

38.8/54.8/42

37.6/54.1/42.3

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A

37.1/53.9/33.1

34.8/52.2/30.6

N/A

36.1/51.7/33.7

NA/50.7/32.7

35.6/51.7/32

35.1/55.1/33.5

The front cabin is cozy but feels packed due to the rebel styling. You get 38.5 inches of headroom, 55-inch shoulder room, and 43.9 inches of legroom on the front cabin. The rear cabin is not sensible, there is barely any legroom for an adult, it’s a good thing if you have children otherwise Camaro kills practicality with the rear seats.
 

Infotainment

The Camaro gets a new 3 Plus infotainment 8-inch system. The new infotainment is easy to use and responsive but the odd angle limits easy accessibility. Smartphone Integration features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard for both 1SS and 2SS. The navigation system has been simplified for better use for the ZL1.

Interior Features-

  • Premium Carpeted Floor Matsyes
  • Dark Night Interior Spectrum Lightingyes
  • Premium Carpeted Floor Mats W/1LE Performance Logoyes
  • Cargo Netyes
  • Sport Pedals Kityes
  • Red Interior Trim Kityes
  • Illuminated Sill Platesyes
  • Black Sueded Knee Pads
  • Premium Carpeted Floor Mats W/Performance Logo
  • Embroidered Center Console Lid W/Camaro Badge
  • All-Weather Cargo Mat W/Camaro Logo
  • Black Interior Trim Kit
  • All-Weather Floor Mats
  • Camaro Logo Premium Carpeted Mats Package
  • Black Interior Appearance Package
  • Recaro Performance Front Bucket Seats
  • Structura (Brushed Aluminum) Interior Spectrum Lighting

Cargo volume

Being practical is where ZL1 hits a dead end. Same as the rear seats there is no space in the cargo compartment, even by the muscle car standards. The 9.1 cubic feet is less than most muscle cars in the segment. Even the well-rounded Mustang delivers more than 10 cubic feet of cargo. Things get worst with the subpar cabin utility, we would suggest to not carry a lot of personal belongings in the Camaro. But hey, you can always put to use the impractical rear seats for extra luggage.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat coupe

Ford Shelby GT350 coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 w/1LZ coupe

BMW M4 coupe

Audi RS 5 coupe Quattro

Mercedes AMG C63 coupe

Cadillac ATS V coupe

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

9.1

16.2

13.5

15.0

11.0

16.4

10.5

10.4

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Exterior

“A modern take on 1960s cool, the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro prioritizes sleek and sporty over space and function”- The Car Connection

Design and Styling

The jump from 5th to 6th generation was a bold move and the 2019 ZL1 goes extreme with a fresh front and rear fascia, more aerodynamic body, a new hood scoop, and more details visible with a closer look. The design is still inspired by the late ’60s, and it’s better than ever. The rebellious grill and huge muscles look like the Camaro is high on a protein shake. It's good that the retro framework is backed with a lot of modern customization options. There is an army of alloy option on the Camaro and choice for body color hood vents, and vibrant paint options like Hyper Blue, and Garnet Red.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat coupe

Ford Shelby GT350 coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 w/1LZ coupe

BMW M4 coupe

Audi RS 5 coupe Quattro

Mercedes AMG C63 coupe

Cadillac ATS V coupe

Curb weight (lbs.)

3883

4429

3760

3524

3625

3649

4074

3803

Length(in)

190.2

197.5

189.6

177.9

184.5

185.9

187.1

184.7

Width(in)

75.0

75.7

75.9

77.4

73.6

73.3

73.9

72.5

Height(in)

52.9

57.0

54.2

48.6

54.4

53.5

55.2

54.5

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

4.5

N/A

N/A

4.7

N/A

3.6

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

110.7

116.2

107.1

106.7

110.7

108.9

111.8

109.3

Track width (in) F/R

63.4/62

64/63.7

N/A

63.5/62.5

62.2/63.1

62.9/62.5

64.4/62.7

60.3/61.7

Dimensions and Weight

The hood looks a little short for Muscle car standard, the result of 188 inches of total length. As for the width and height, they are rated at 74.7 and 53 inches. Away from the Challenger’s boat like body, the Camaro kept it compact resulting in its 110.7 inches of wheelbase. Be prepared for a wider turning radius while maneuvering the SS though.

Exterior Features

  • 20" Dark Graphite premium paint, forged aluminum wheels with summer-only tires
  • Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G:2 285/30R20 front and 305/30R20 rear, summer-only tires
  • Front intermittent wipers
  • ZL1 rear spoiler
  • Body-color heated, driver-side auto-dimming power outside mirrors
  • Tire inflator kit

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Safety

The Camaro is yet to undergo any third party crash testing. However, the 2018 model received the highest Good rating for the driver-side and passenger-side small overlap front, Moderate Overlap Front side also lands the same rating on the IISH crash test. There are a lot of safety features listed as standard.

  • Electronic Parking brakes
  • StabiliTrak, electronic stability control system with traction control
  • Daytime Running Lamps, LED
  • Airbag system
  • OnStar® & Chevrolet Connected Services capable
  • Teen Driver
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Forward Collison Warning
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

IIHS and NHTSA not rated

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Competition

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Vs Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The Camaro’s longtime rival the Dodge Challenger is giving the ZL1 a run for its money. The price might be the same but the Challenger is more muscle than the Camaro and we are not talking about its retro body. The Camaro’s is powered by less horses which clearly gives Dodge an edge in a drag. The Challenger also is a big car offering more space and practicality, so it might just be a better choice as a daily driver. Then again Camaro far outruns the Challenger with its driving dynamics, it easily cut corners without compromising vision.
So, if you are buying a muscle for the sheer pleasure of driving without thinking about practicality then Camaro is your car.
 

Ford Shelby GT350 Vs Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

A blast from the past Ford won’t let Chevy and Dodge take the lead on this one. The Ford Shelby GT matches everything the Camaro ZL1 except for raw power. The Camaro is a mind-boggling 125 horsepower more than what the Ford kept reserved for Shelby. Other than power, both cars are evenly matched in terms of mileage though delivers more cargo volume which makes the Shelby more sensible.

The Selby suffers from the same jampacked rear seats which are not habitable for adults. Both Shelby and Camaro are decent with a similar price tag, in that case, we would recommend the Camaro out of sheer power.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Final Verdict

The Chevy Camaro used to be an iconic muscle car though the modern-day Camaro is mutated to a Sports car. Yes, it has flexed its muscles to be more nimble and shaped for optimum aerodynamic just to harness the insane power. The fire breathing V8 engine conjures 650 horses pulling this godly chariot which will impressive a lot of Americans.

However, the days of power dominating ride quality are long gone and the Camaro agrees, rather than the brute strength Chevy focused more on the experience. But, power takes a toll on Camaro’s economy. The rear seats and cargo volume isn’t that impressive either. But no muscle purist can resist the ZL1’S power! It’s probably the best car in the holy trinity of muscles.

Pros

Nimble handling

Potent V8 powertrain

Smooth ride with adaptive suspension

Cons

Terrible visibility

Tiny back seats

Some controls are puzzling to locate

What's New?

Changes in the Front and Rear Fascia

New infotainment


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$61500

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

376 cu. in.

horsepower

650 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

650 lb.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

Brembo four-wheel ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

110.7 in.

length

190.2 in.

width

75 in.

height

52.9 in.

curb weight

3883 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

37.9 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/16/20 mpg

highway range

380 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

no



Styles

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe in Satin Steel Gray Metallic color 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe in Riverside Blue Metallic color 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe in Red Hot color 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe in Mosaic Black Metallic color 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe in Garnet Red Tintcoat color 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe in Crush color 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe in Black color
Satin Steel Gray Metallic

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe base

base

power
650 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
16 combined

$61,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (6.2L 8cyl S/C 6M) Starting at $61,500 MSRP (14 mpg/16/20 mpg) 650 hp @ 6400 rpm, 6.2 L, V8, premium unleaded (required)
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6-speed manual rear wheel drive 4 NA