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 impress a lot of pony car fans.
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. Nevertheless, no muscle purist can resist the ZL1’s power. It’s probably the best car in the holy trinity of American muscle cars.
Which Camaro is more powerful-the SS or ZL1?
The Camaro SS comes with a toned-down version of the supercharged 6.2L V8, producing 455 hp. However, it is the ZL1 that packs in a Corvette-derived LT4 V8. It is much more powerful than the SS, with a whopping 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.
What does the ZL1 stand for?
A common rumor among classic muscle car enthusiasts is that the 'ZL1' stands for 'Zero Latency 1'. As in, there is no latency when you press down on the pedal and you get an immediate response from the V8 engine. This is not the true story, though. The ZL1 was simply an alphanumeric designation given to Camaros that were fitted with the aluminum-block Corvette engines. It first started in 1969 with an Illinois dealer, Fred Gibb, who leveraged the COPO system since he was fitting in Corvette's 427 engines inside the Yenko Camaros. It was 100 pounds lighter and produced more power. COPO simply designated all such cars as ZL1.
Is the Camaro ZL1 supercharged?
Yes, the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro has a supercharged 6.2L V8 under the hood. It is the same engine that you would find on a Z06 Corvette. The supercharger is part of GM's LSA powertrain. It has a 1.9L capacity and is driven from the engine's crankshaft.
How fast can the Camaro ZL1 go?
The Camaro ZL1 can cover a quarter-mile in 11.4 seconds from a standstill. Within that time, it can reach 125 mph. On an open road, the Camaro ZL1 can easily reach a top speed of 198 mph.