2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1American muscle that out "sports" more expensive rides

Chevrolet has really crushed it with the 6th-generation Camaro. The chassis is brilliant, the engine note is downright delicious, and the performance is world class… and that’s just on a regular old SS. Step up to the 650-horsepower Camaro ZL1 and it’s a whole different ballgame.
Under the hood is the supercharged LT4 and it’s paired with either a six-speed manual or the ten-speed automatic found on our test car. This auto box is far better than the eight-speed used elsewhere in the GM lineup.
Amazingly, this isn’t even the craziest Camaro you can buy. With the ZL1, you can option it out as a ZL1 1LE. That swaps the magnetic ride for spool valve-dampened suspension, smaller wheels with wider tires, and enough aero to force the car into the ground when pushed aggressively.
If you want one of the most capable bang-for-the-buck cars out there, the Camaro ZL1 should be on your shopping list. It’s not cheap, priced over $60,000, but it will decimate the egos and lap times of those with far more expensive machinery.
[Disclaimer: Chevy tossed us the keys to the ZL1 and included a tank of fuel.]

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8 responses to “2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1American muscle that out "sports" more expensive rides”

  1. outback_ute Avatar

    Too bad they don’t include RHD

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      They don’t do RHD for Straya?

      1. outback_ute Avatar

        HSV is now doing conversions of the Camaro SS and Silverado 2500, but the Camaros are not on sale yet and rumoured to cost $90k compared with $63k for the Mustang GT Premium. Or $93 for an M2.
        Not sure that they will certify the ZL1 engine either.
        Apparently the next generation will have rhd from the factory.

        1. outback_ute Avatar

          Other importers have already brought the current Camaro in already, plus there are some of the previous generation ZL1 here too.

  2. Zentropy Avatar

    The tiny greenhouse and overall cartoonish looks just kill it for me, regardless how awesome a performer it admittedly is.

    1. Smaglik Avatar

      Agreed . That, along with an upbringing in the Midwest still screams MULLET whenever I see a Camaro.

  3. salguod Avatar

    I saw a new ZL1 1LE on the way home from work today. I could tell it was a ZL1 1LE from the flares scoops and spoilers. That and the license plate was 1LE ZL1. A seriously mean looking car.

    1. wunno sev Avatar
      wunno sev

      the smug-suburban-baby-boomer completeness challenge includes putting at least one GM option package code on your vanity plate. you’re given credit for a second if you have only one but it’s included in a pun about racing and/or winning. you only get seven characters, after all.
      additional credit is given for a “blue lives matter” sticker and/or a fact sheet to be displayed in the window at car shows.