Latest on 2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1

September 3rd, 2015 by

The Chevy Camaro ZL1 has hit the ground running since it made it’s debut back in 2011. Including a supercharged engine, improved power (assisted by innovative technology), and some track-ready features, the supercar was generally regarded as one of the best on the market.

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that many car enthusiasts are anticipating the release of the 2017 model, which could be one of the most impressive cars on the market. There hasn’t been much news on the car, but John Halas and the team at got their hands on some exclusive photos of the vehicle. Before you head out to your local Lexington Chevrolet dealership, see why you may want to wait for the 2017 ZL1…


Sure, the pictures don’t reveal a whole lot about the vehicle’s “styling details,” but that doesn’t mean the CarScoops report doesn’t give us anything. As Halas writes, we can clearly see a large heat extractor, and the inclusion of such a part would make plenty of sense. After all, a similar part is included on the Corvette Z06 and the Cadillac CTS-V, and both of those car’s use a similar LT4 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine.

Because of these assumptions, Halas took some liberties when it came to projecting the vehicle’s specs. The Z06 produces 650 horsepower and 650 ft-lbs of torque, while the Z06 can pump out 640 horsepower and 630 ft-lbs of torque. Even if the ZL1’s numbers fall somewhere in that range, it would still be an upgrade over the 5th generation model, which delivered 580 horsepower and 550 ft-lbs of torque.


There’s a variety of other assumed specs/features that Halas throws out there, including a reduced curb weight (which, based on the regular Camaro 6, should be down around 200 pounds), a revamped suspension and brake bits, and a “more aggressive body kit.” The writer refers to the spy photos for this latter projection, noting that the car “seemed more complete than others did, sporting wider rocket panels, a bigger fixed rear wing, a deep front splitter and possibly blistered fenders to make space for the wider tires.”

Unfortunately, potential buyers are going to have to wait a couple of months before they can get their hands on Chevy’s new car. The 2017 ZL1 is expected to be released following the launch of the 2016 Camaro Convertible, which is expected to hit the market next spring. The ZL1 should debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, so that’s certainly something to look forward to.

In the meantime, head down to Dan Cummins Chevrolet and check out their selection of Camaros. You won’t drive away in a 2017 ZL1, but you’ll still find the perfect car for you.