2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

MSRP $61,140

Ranked #3 in Coupe

8.2

Overall Rating

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 11, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe is an all-new model for this year and is available for sale at $61,140. Powering this beast is a 6.2L supercharged V8 engine that makes a monstrous 650 hp and 650 lb-ft. of torque and is available in both manual and automatic transmissions. With a 0-60 time record of 3.5 seconds, the Camaro ZL1 is the fastest car in its class but is the least fuel-efficient. 

2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 three-quarter view

Most of the specs and features remain the same as the other Camaro models but there are a few differences that make the ZL1 stand out from the crowd. The cabin has a minimalistic layout but is short on rear-seat space and cargo capacity. Continuing the legacy of one of the best-selling American muscle cars, it still receives heavy competition from the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Ford Shelby GT350

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Pros

Athletic handling

Powerful V8 engine

Plenty of standard modern features

Strong reliability

Decent list of safety features

Cons

Cramped rear seats

Poor trunk volume

High ownership costs

Rearward visibility is bad

What's New?

All-new model for 2017


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$61140

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

198 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

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 front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

110.7 in.

length

190.2 in.

width

75 in.

height

52.9 in.

curb weight

3883 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

79 cu ft.

cargo volume

9.1 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.7 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7.9 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

3.9

standing 1/4-mile

12 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/16/20 mpg

highway range

651.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$61,140 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in Hyper Blue Metallic color
Hyper Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.9

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.0

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.2

Overall Rating


2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Boosts Our Enthusiasm- CarAndDriver

For decades, the Chevy Camaro has battled against the Ford Mustang to win the hearts, minds, and dollars of American car shoppers. This is the sixth generation of the Camaro and it continues to fight for that muscle car supremacy. The all-new Camaro ZL1 is aimed to be that wildcard to win the battle. It is the most expensive and powerful muscle car in the Camaro lineup. 

However, the cost of ownership is the highest compared to its rivals. Its maintenance and repair costs are on par with its rivals but the only problem is that depreciates its value much quicker than its rivals. The total annual cost is estimated to be $13,700. But it has great resale value owing to its top reliability ratings and all ranks ahead of the Shelby GT350 and the Challenger. 


9.9/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Features

Chevy wisely adds the Teen Driver parental-control system to the standard equipment list- Autotrader

The Chevy Camaro ZL1 is an all-new model for this year and is the performance-oriented model in the Camaro lineup. It has a sale price of $61,140, excluding a destination fee of $995 and a gas guzzler tax of $1,300. Only an RWD configuration is available in the Camaro. Similarly, a 6-speed manual transmission is standard but an optional 10-speed automatic is available for $1,595. 

2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 front angle view

Being the top-end model, the Camaro ZL1 is nicely equipped with features, be it comfort, technology, or performance. There are not many optional packages available in the Camaro ZLE. But, it is available with an exclusive $1,183 Performance Data Recorder that allows the driver to record video of the driving experience on the track and provides analysis of the run. 

Trim

 ZL1 Coupe

MSRP (RWD)

$61,140

Key Features

8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

  9-speaker Bose premium audio system
  8-inch customizable driver's display
  Power front Recaro sport seats
  Heated & ventilated front seats
  Leather upholstery with Alcantara inserts
  Dual-zone automatic climate control
 

Magnetic Ride Control

 

Electronic Limited-Slip Differential (eLSD)

  Wireless charging
  Color-adjustable ambient lighting

We Recommend

The Chevy Camaro appeals to a lot of young buyers who are looking for a stylish and performance car. The ZL1 model specifically is intended for people who visit the race track much often. Therefore, we recommend opting for the Performance Data Recorder to hone your driving skills on a racetrack. 


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2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Engine and Performance

9.9/10

The latest ZL1 comes to bat with a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 that Chevy borrowed from the ZL1's big brother, the Corvette Z06- Motor Authority

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Engine and Transmission

The Chevy Camaro ZL1 is powered by a 6.2L supercharged V8 engine that makes a mind-blowing 650 hp and 650 lb-ft. of torque. It comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission but an optional 10-speed automatic is available for $1,595 while the power is driven to the rear wheels only. There is so much power on tap. Those 650 horses rush to the throttle the moment you step on the gas. 

2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 engine

The mix of the barking loud V8 and eery scream of the supercharger is just indescribable. Obviously, purists will love shifting their own gears but the optional automatic transmission is really quick that you barely notice when the shift happens. The way Chevy has tuned this transmission so it can skip gears when you step on it makes for a really nice experience. 

Models

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

2017 Ford Shelby GT350

MSRP

$61,140

$62,495

$54,845

Engine

6.2L Supercharged V8

6.2L Supercharged V8

5.2L V8

Drivetrain RWD RWD RWD

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual

Power

650 hp @ 6,400 RPM 707 hp @ 6,200 RPM 526 hp @ 7,500 RPM

Torque

650 lb-ft. @ 3,600 RPM 650 lb-ft. @ 4,800 RPM 429 lb-ft. @ 4,750 RPM

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat carries the most powerful engine under its hood. This engine makes 57 horses more than the Camaro. The Ford Shelby GT350 is the odd one out here as it houses a naturally aspirated engine that makes the least power in this segment. However, it is an affordable option for those who love muscle cars but want to spend less. 

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Acceleration

The Chevy Camaro ZL1 offers phenomenal acceleration. Those 650 horses push this coupe from 0-60 MPH in about 3.5 seconds while the quarter-mile race is completed in just 11.5 seconds. This car is capable of delivering high-end performance and even when you are not blasting around a racetrack, it puts a big smile on your face. 

2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 takes 3.5 sec to reach 60 MPH

The top speed of the Camaro ZL1 is electronically limited to 198 MPH. The performance of this vehicle is just incredible. The ZL1 seems to get more aggressive the more you drive it in an aggressive manner. The engine is really responsive and there is tons of low-end power from the second you get into the throttle. 

Models

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

2017 Ford Shelby GT350

0-60 MPH

3.5 sec

3.6 sec

3.8 sec

Quarter Mile

11.5 sec

11.8 sec

11.9 sec

Engine

6.2L 

6.2L 

5.2L

Top Speed

198 MPH

198 MPH

180 MPH

Those extra 57 horses of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat don't really create an impact on the performance as it is still behind the Camaro due to its heavy curb weight. On the other hand, the Ford Shelby GT350's acceleration is just milliseconds away from the Challenger which is really impressive. 

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Ride and Handling

Sure, the ride is firm and there is some road noise but it's nothing that would make this car difficult to live with. All things considered, the Camaro ZL1 is not that unpleasant to use as a daily driver. The ride quality is a bit on the firm side but still, pretty good for a sports car thanks to the Magnetic Ride Control suspension that adjusts the suspension every millisecond and smooths out all the bumps on the road. 

2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 three-quarter view

This Camaro is meant for the track rather than driving on the city roads. The Camaro's tidier dimensions help the driver to place the car into a corner with great precision. The steering is sharp, crisp, and accurate. Around the corner, the body roll is well controlled and feels well planted. Simply put, the Camaro ZL1 is one of the best handling cars in its class and makes sure to deliver an exciting experience to the driver. 

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Braking

Being a performance-oriented model, strong brakes are required to handle the performance. Therefore, Chevy equips the Camaro ZL1 with 6-piston front and 4-piston rear Brembo brakes. In the brake test, the Camaro ZL1 took 96 feet when stopped from 60-0 MPH. Compared to its rivals, it is the shortest braking distance, which is really impressive. 

2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 brakes

These brakes have good stopping power and have a nice long travel. So you can dig into it without using too much force and you get the right amount of braking force that you want. The discs do not fade even after repeated use, which is a good thing. All these things inspire confidence in the driver and urge him to drive the Camaro ZL1 at higher speeds. 

Models

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

2017 Ford Shelby GT350

Brake Front

15.4 in

15.4 in

15.5 in

Brake Rear

14.4 in

13.8 in

14.9 in

Curb Weight

3,883 lbs

4,448 lbs

3,760 lbs

60-0 MPH

96 ft.

109 ft.

102 ft.

No other car is close to the Camaro's braking distance. The Ford Shelby GT350's low curb weight helps it to take 102 feet of braking distance. Meanwhile, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat takes the longest braking distance in this competition and the sole reason for this is its heavy curb weight. 


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2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

This Camaro is the thirstiest in the lineup- The Car Connection

For people who think of saving money in the name of fuel economy, steer away from the Chevy Camaro ZL1 as it is the least efficient car in this segment. The fuel ratings include 14 MPG in the city, 20 MPG on a highway, and 16 MPG combined. These ratings are on par with its segment rivals. 

2017 Chevy Camaro rear driving view

A 19-gallon fuel tank capacity is fitted in the Camaro ZL1, which is the biggest in the segment. It delivers 323 miles of combined range when filled with premium fuel. Compared to its rivals, it has the best city and highway ranges thanks to its large fuel tank. Therefore, you don't need to visit gas stations regularly. 

Models

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

2017 Ford Shelby GT350

MPG (City)

14

13

14

MPG (Highway)

20

21

21

MPG (Combined)

16

16

16

Fuel Tank Capacity 19.0 18.5 16.0
Miles (City/Highway/Combined; Miles) 266/380/323 241/389/315 224/336/256

The Ford Shelby GT350 displays wonderful fuel efficiency due to which its fuel costs would be less. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat's city rating is less by 1 MPG but the highway rating matches its rivals. Also, its large fuel tank helps to deliver a better range than the Shelby GT350. Meanwhile, the Camaro ZL1 is the last car on the table. 


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2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Interior

8.0/10

Though the interior of the ZL1 is a nice place to be, with high-quality materials and a sleek look, usability suffers- Edmunds

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Seating and Comfort

The interior of the Chevy Camaro ZL1 is pretty much like all the other Camaros.  The ZL1's specific changes are few but they are nice. First things first, the front seats are Recaros, they are nice buckets with good amounts of lateral support but they don't feel uncomfortable. They are wrapped in leather and also have some Alcantara inserts. Moreover, these seats are power-adjustable and come standard with heated and ventilated functions.

2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 dashboard

The seating position is very far down which may not suit some buyers. The next key difference is the flat-bottom steering wheel that comes wrapped in Alcantara. There is plenty of space available in the front row for taller occupants. But, at the back, both the head and legroom are minimal and cannot fit adults. Also, due to the sloping roofline, rear visibility is very bad although there are some technologies to overcome it. 

Models

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

2017 Ford Shelby GT350

Passenger Capacity

5 5 4

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.5/NA/43.9

39.3/58.5/42.0

37.6/56.3/44.5

Second Row

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

37.1/53.9/33.1

34.8/52.2/30.6

Looking at the figures on the table, it is clear that the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat's cabin is the roomiest. That's because it has a wide wheelbase among its rivals. Strangely, the seating capacity of the Ford Shelby GT350 is four, though its rear seats are not adult-friendly. Its space levels are almost similar to the Camaro. 

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Infotainment

The Chevy Camaro ZL1 comes standard with an 8-inch MyLink infotainment system. The infotainment display in the ZL1 looks funky as it looks like it's tilted in. Although when you start using it, you'll realize it's super intuitive. This infotainment system is one of the best in the business. It is known for its straightforward interface and quick responses. It also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 infotainment system

This system is connected to a 9-speaker Bose premium audio system. From the driver's seat, you will notice two analog gauges and in the center is an 8-inch multi-function display that is configurable and above that is a head-up display. There are very few physical buttons placed below the screen in a straight line. These controls can be reached easily from the driver's seat. 

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Interior Features

  • Tilt & telescopic multi-function leather, heated steering wheel
  • Color-adjustable ambient lighting
  • Power front Recaro sport seats with heated & ventilated functions
  • Push-buttons start
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Alloy foot pedals
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
  • 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 8-inch customizable instrument cluster
  • 9-speaker Bose premium audio system
  • Voice recognition audio system
  • Wireless charging

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Cargo Volume

Sport coupes usually have less cargo capacity and it's the same story with the Chevy Camaro ZL1. Only 9.1 cubic feet of storage is provided in the trunk, which is the least in its segment. Honestly, there is enough space available to store two large duffel bags. Also, since the rear seats aren't usable for adults, they can be used for keeping your shopping bags. 

2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 trunk volume

You also don't get a power tailgate. Loading items into the trunk could be an issue as the trunk has a very small opening and the lift-over height is pretty high. One thing you have to accept in the Camaro's interior is that there is no interior storage. You get small dor pockets and there's some space in the armrest but not for anything bigger than a phone. 

Models

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

2017 Ford Shelby GT350

Cargo Volume (cu-ft.)

9.1

16.2

13.5

Once again, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat shines as it offers the most cargo space. Just behind it is the Ford Shelby GT350 with 13.5 cubic feet of cargo space. The Camaro is the least practical vehicle among its rivals and comes in last. Therefore, this vehicle is perfect for a weekend getaway and not for inter-state travel as it cannot carry more luggage. 

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Exterior

9.0/10

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro sports clean, tight lines to go with its tidy dimensions, owing a little to the classic 1969 model- Kelly Blue Book

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Design and Styling

The exterior of the Chevy Camaro ZL1 doesn't look dramatically different from the Camaro SS models except for the front fascia. Upfront, you see the big differences with the ZL1. On the hood is the ZL1 badging and carbon fiber dome. The front fascia has gigantic air openings because the ZL1 needs a lot of air to keep it cool. It has a low ground clearance of 3.5 inches, which is good for handling and increases the potential for speed. 

2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 front angle view

Over on the side, it retains the shape that Camaros are loved for. Being the top-end model in the Camaro lineup, the ZL1 gets 20-inch wheels but they are staggered equipment. So the front tires are a bit smaller than the rear and that gives a nice purposeful look. The wheelbase measures 110.7 inches, which is less than its arch-rival.  You could also distinguish the ZL1 from other models because it has big exhaust pipes and a ZL1 badge at the back.

Models

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

2017 Ford Shelby GT350

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,883

4,448

3,760

Length (in)

190.2

197.5

188.3

Width (in)

75.0

75.7

75.9

Height (in)

52.9

55.7

54.2

Ground Clearance (in)

3.5

4.5

4.0

Wheelbase (in)

110.7

116.2

107.1

Track Width (in) F/R

63.4/62.0

64/63.7

63.3/63.7

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has the widest wheelbase, measuring 5.5 inches more than the Camaro. Therefore, its rear row is spacious and can accommodate adults. With 0.5 inches of ground clearance more than the Camaro, the Ford Shelby GT350 can be driven over those high bumps without fearing its underbelly getting scraped. 

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Exterior Features

  • HID headlamps
  • LED DRLs
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Black grille
  • Black window trim
  • Rear spoiler wing
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Safety

8.0/10

An Acceptable rating for the roof strength test prevented the Camaro from earning a Top Safety Pick- MotorTrend

In view of safety, the Chevy Camaro ZL1 earned great ratings. NHTSA gave a perfect 5-star rating to it while it received 'Good ratings in almost all crash tests. It also received an 'Acceptable' rating for its roof strength. It didn't win the Top Safety Pick award as it does have any technologies for front crash prevention. 

2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 IIHS crash test

Despite being a sports coupe, Chevy was generous enough to provide some driver-assist features to reduce the risk of an accident. This year, Teen Driver became a standard safety feature that provides custom settings to enforce safe driving habits for teenage drivers. Some of the other safety features include:

  • Rearview Camera
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Head-Up Display

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Competition

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 vs 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is the most expensive and most powerful muscle car in the U.S. market. It makes 57 horsepower more than the Camaro XL1 and yet, its performance stats a tad bit slower due to its heavy curb weight. The fuel economy of both cars is the same but the Camaro offers a better range. The main highlights of the Challenger are its spacious rear seats and class-leading trunk volume. Also, it hosts more driver aids than the Camaro.

2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 vs 2017 Ford Shelby GT350

The Ford Shelby GT350 is the cheapest alternative in this segment. With a power difference of 124 horses, the GT350's acceleration is a bit slow but offers great performance. Moreover, it is the most fuel-efficient car in its segment. Both the cars offer almost equal rear-seat space but the GT350 is ahead in terms of cargo capacity. The Camaro strikes back by offering more features than the GT350. With regards to safety features, the GT350 comes with more technologies. 

2017 Ford Shelby GT350

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Final Verdict

The Chevy Camaro ZL1 is all about style and performance. From its heritage-based exterior design to its remarkably simple and thoughtfully laid out dashboard with one of the easiest infotainment systems in the business, the Camaro ownership is a source of pride whether you are inside of the car or outside. If you are looking for the best all-around American muscle car, look for the Camaro ZL1.

2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 rear angle view

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 FAQs

How much does the 2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 cost?

The 2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 has a starting price of $61,140. 

Is the Chevy Camaro ZL1 expensive to maintain?

The maintenance costs of the Chevy Camaro ZL1 are almost the same as its rivals, which is close to $1,720 per year.

Is the Chevy Camaro ZL1 five-seater?

Yes, it is but the rear seats are good to keep your shopping bags due to the lack of passenger space for adults. 

How fast is the 2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1?

The 650-hp Chevy Camaro ZL1 can sprint from 0-60 MPH in 3.5 seconds, with a quarter-mile time of 13.5 seconds and a top speed of 198 MPH. 

Is the 2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 reliable?

With a J.D. Power reliability score of 87 out of 100, the Chevy Camaro ZL1 scored more than its segment rivals and ranks at the top of the list. 

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