Camaro ZL1 unleashed

Chevrolet reveals track-hungry, 477kW Camaro road racer

by LOUIS CORDONY

CHEVROLETíS newly revealed 2016 Camaro ZL1 has fired a loud warning shot at Fordís Mustang GT350R.

With its debut, the ZL1 lifts the sixth-gen Camaroís performance to new levels with a healthy dollop of grunt, grip and gadgets.

Up front, GMís slotted in the Corvette Z06ís LT4 engine, gifting the four-seater 477kW and 868Nm worth of 6.2-litre supercharged V8.

Buyers can bolt either a six-speed manual or GMís brand-new 10-speed automatic to the mighty donk, making the ZL1 the first of seven models to score the new íbox.

Performance times werenít released at time of publishing, but with its new Alpha platform zapping 91kg from its bones, the ZL1ís estimated to hit 100km/h in less than 4.0sec and cross the quarter mile in the high 11s.

Eleven heat exchangers cool the powertrain and will be aided by the ZL1ís redesigned front grille and prominent bonnet bulge, which is said to help vent air from the bonnet area.

An angry front splitter and rear wing will help the 20-inch Goodyears, staggered in sizes 285/30 and 305/30 front to back, press into the road.

The chassis is further sharpened by bigger two-piece brake rotors, magnetic dampers and the Corvette Z06ís electronically controlled limited-slip differential.

Recaro seats, red seatbelts and a micro suede steering wheel and shift knob have been added inside.

Track-goers will also revel GMís Performance Traction Management system, software similar to BMWís M Dynamic Mode, as well as the firmís Performance Data Recorder.

When it lands in showrooms in 2016 the ZL1 is expected to start above US$60,000 (AUD$78,914).

However, with the Camaroís Alpha platform currently designed only for left-hand drive, donít expect Holden to be asking for any.