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PostHeaderIcon Exclusive Interview: We talk Camaro ZL1 1LE with Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser!

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE has made plenty of headlines over the last year thanks to spy shots, a wreck on the Nürburgring during development, and a persisting rumor it was the upcoming Z/28. Big aerodynamic surfaces helped fuel that rumor, but alas, Chevy’s top dog Camaro is supercharged – something Al Oppenheiser says isn’t in the Z/28’s bloodline.

Oppenheiser gave us an exclusive interview at the 15th annual Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Florida. It was there the rights for the first production 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE were auctioned. Not surprisingly, Hendricks Motorsports placed the final bid of $250,000, all of which went to the United Way. When that first ZL1 1LE will be produced is still under wraps, but Oppenheiser says it will begin production with the standard 2018 model Camaros sometime within the next quarter.

What’s more, Hendricks will witness the ZL1 1LE come to life at Chevy’s Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in Michigan. Hendricks will also be the first to start the car, which will have the VIN of 001, and drive it off the assembly line.

And though much about the ZL1 1LE is under wraps, not everything was hush-hush in our conversation with Oppenheiser. In fact, a few nuggets of unreleased info slipped out, giving us an unprecedented glimpse at the upcoming Camaro track star.

Continue reading for more information.


PostHeaderIcon ‘Merica Vs. The World – The Camaro SS Takes On Four Sporty Two-Doors

In case you were unaware, the 2017 sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro just took out its eternal rival, the Ford Mustang, in a comparison review examining everything from the aero and interior equipment, to speed and handling. And that’s all well and good, but before all you Chevy fans out there go in search of a cooler full of celebratory beverages, it’s time for the Camaro to face its next challenge – the rest of the world. Because although it managed to one-up the Mustang, the Bow Tie’s most popular muscle car is still facing more than a little competition from overseas. To see if it can stay at the top, we’re pitting it against four sporty coupes, two from Europe, and two from Japan. It’s ‘Merica vs. the world – will the ‘Maro once again take home the win?

Here’s the lineup looking to take the Chevy down: from Germany, we have the Audi TT Coupe and the BMW 2 Series M240i Coupe, while in the other corner representing the Land of the Rising Sun is the Lexus RC Turbo Coupe and Nissan 370Z Nismo. Each of these vehicles comes with two doors, a sporty attitude, and a price tag that starts at around $40,000.

But right away, there’s a problem – clearly, if this were little more than a test of quarter mile times, the Camaro SS would be the hands-down winner. But Chevy contends its sixth-gen Camaro is much more than just a muscle car, bringing a host of features designed to make it useful in situations that don’t include staging lights.

So then – does it? Read on to find out

Continue reading for the full comparison.


PostHeaderIcon Look Out Demons, The Exorcist is Coming!

Talk about the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is dominating the interwebz these days thanks to Dodge’s long roll-out and weekly teasers. The ultra-high performance drag car is set to break records for a production car thanks to incredible engineering and pacifist corporate bean-counters. But the Demon may have met its match. The Texas performance house, Hennessey, just debuted a highly tuned 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 with 1,000 horsepower, drag slicks, and the most appropriate name ever crafted for a car. Meet The Exorcist!

That’s right, The Exorcist. Hennessey CEO and president John Hennessey says it will “leave the competition’s head spinning.” Clearly referencing pop culture, John is keenly aware what his Camaro is going up against. The Dodge Demon is rumored to have between 750 and 800 horsepower matched with 315-series, DOT-approved drag radial tires, an intercooler chilled by A/C refrigerant, Drag Mode, and several other never-before-seen performance parts on a production car.

Of course, the Hennessey Exorcist can’t claim its stock straight from General Motors. Quite the opposite, in fact, thanks to Hennessey’s installation of a larger supercharger and intercooler system, a more serious camshaft, long-tube headers, a high-flow air induction system, and a custom engine management calibration for the ECU.

Hennessey is claiming 1,000 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 966 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 from the Camaro ZL1’s 6.2-liter LT4 V-8. Testing by Hennessey shows the car hitting 60 mph in “under three seconds,” while the quarter-mile happens in “less than 10 seconds.” Official times have not been announced.

And while The Exorcist is not a factory option, Camaro customers can order the Hennessey upgrade through their local Chevy dealership. The parts and service come with a two-year/24,000-mile warranty. Customers can choose either the six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic version.

As for pricing, you’ll have to keep reading. Hennessey is offering several options, and we explain it all below.

Continue reading to learn more about The Exorcist.


PostHeaderIcon Muscle Car Melee – Mustang vs. Camaro

The car world is chockfull of heated rivalries, but few burn as brightly as the age-old battle between two of America’s most beloved muscle cars – the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro. What started in the mid ‘60s as a high-octane street fight with frequent skirmishes at the drag strip has evolved into one of the most contentious clashes in automotive history, and there’s no sign it’s gonna slow down any time soon.

These days, the fight between the Mustang and Camaro brings the same rear-tire-smoking dance and V-8 soundtrack as it has in the past, but the battle today brings with it a whole lot more than that. The straight-line bragging rights of a quick 0-to-60 mph sprint and quarter-mile ET are as important as ever, but thanks to cutting-edge construction techniques and materials to delete excess weight, as well as advanced suspension systems and tuning, these two monsters are now elevated to the realm of genuine sports cars, packing the goods needed to compete against some of the best performance machines in the world.

And that’s all well and good, but it doesn’t answer the fundamental question – which is better? We took a crack at answering that question in the following comparison review.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Camaro Track Concept

You have to give a measure of respect to General Motors for not entirely throwing the white flag on the European market despite withdrawing Chevrolet from the continent a few years ago and selling off both Opel and Vauxhall to the PSA Group earlier this month. Its presence has diminished substantially, but it’s not completely out of the market yet. The Camaro remains a fixture in some countries across the Atlantic. It seems fitting then that Chevrolet’s stand at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show was dominated by one car: the Chevrolet Camaro Track Concept.

For the record, the Camaro Track Concept isn’t some new prototype that will usher in a new era of muscle car goodness in the Old Continent. If only that were the case, right? Instead, the concept is, for all intents and purposes, a repackaged version of the Camaro SS 1LE that people from this side of the Atlantic first laid eyes on at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show last August. It may not be as exciting for us here in the U.S. since we’ve already seen it, but in the land where the Camaro itself has become one of the last remnants General Motors’ presence, it’s a pretty darn big deal.

So, what can our European friends expect from the Camaro Track Concept? The simplest answer is the Camaro SS, the Camaro variant from which it’s based on. That’s not all though because the Track Concept also comes with an enhanced aerodynamic kit, a new set of wheels and tires, and a handful of cosmetic upgrades that elevate the track-focused muscle car’s appearance. Most importantly, it has engine and transmission upgrades, which should bode well for customers who are looking to really tap into the car’s full performance potential.

It’s still unclear as to when the Camaro Track Concept will transition from being a concept to a full-blown production model, but there is some momentum towards that happening, especially after Chevy itself announced that a selection of its Chevrolet Performance parts will be made available to European customers in the near future.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Camaro Track Concept.


PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Camaro Track Concept Brings 1LE Package to Europe

Having sold Opel and Vauxhall to the PSA group, General Motors has pretty much left the European market. However, Chevy is still active on the Old Continent by offering the performance-oriented Camaro and Corvette models. At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Chevrolet previews a track-focused version of the Camaro.

Essentially a Euro-spec version of the1LE, the Camaro Track concept sports many of the features seen on the U.S. Camaro SS fitted with the aforementioned package. Granted, it’s by no means as extreme as the new ZL1 1LE, but it comes with an enhance aerodynamic kit with upgraded front and rear bumpers that reduces lift at high speed. It also has a three-piece rear spoiler and 20-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in custom Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires that will stick to the Nurburgring track like crazy. The bespoke appearance is further enhanced by the smoked taillights, black emblems, and the flashy satin green paint with unique, gloss-black stripes on the engine hood and roof.

More goodies are available inside, starting with the Recaro bucket seats and the flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in suede. Chevy also added suede knee pads and center console arm rest, premium floor mats, and aluminum pedals.

Drivetrain-wise, the Track concept is based on the Camaro SS, getting its juice from a 6.2-liter V-8 rated at 453 horsepower and 617 Nm (455 pound-feet) of torque. It also mates to the standard eight-speed automatic transmission. However, the muscle car received quite a few additional goodies, including engine, transmission and differential coolers, an electronic limited-slip differential, upgraded FE4 suspension lowered by 30 mm (1.2 inches) for improved cornering capability, and Brembo six-piston brakes.

There’s no specific word as to when the Track concept will become a production model, but Chevy said that a selection of the official Chevrolet Performance parts offered in the U.S. will become available in Europe in the “near future.” I guess it’s safe to assume we should see the actual car in dealerships by the end of 2017.

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PostHeaderIcon Is This Mysterious Chevrolet Camaro the Next Z/28?

It’s been just a week since Chevrolet launched the incredibly fast and aerodynamic ZL1 1LE, described as the “ultimate track-day Camaro,” and it seems that GM is already testing a new performance version of the muscle car. Our paparazzi just stumbled across a heavily camouflaged prototype and there’s a big chance we’re looking at the next-generation Camaro Z/28.

Chevy is really mysterious about this test car and was very quick to cover the vehicle according to our spy photographers, who only had a few seconds to shoot it. The photos reveal what appears to be a current-generation Camaro with rather awkward camouflage attached to its front fascia. The nose is significantly different than a standard Camaro, but it’s difficult to tell whether the swirly wrap hides a redesigned shell or some extra bits of camo added to hide actual modifications of the grille and engine hood. And while the bumper seems pretty aggressive, the rear end and the sides are very similar to a standard Camaro SS.

So why do I think this is the new Z/28?

Well, it’s pretty simple. With both the ZL1 and ZL1 1LE already launched, there’s isn’t much Chevy could be working on right now. Granted, GM is probably already pondering changes for the mid-cycle facelift, but it’s way too early to have this car on public roads given that it won’t break cover until 2019. This pretty much leaves the Z/28 as the only logical option.

Now you’re probably going to say that it’s not as aggressive as a Z/28 should be, missing a rear wing and beefed-up arches and side skirt, and you’d be right to point that out. But, it’s important to note that this is probably an early prototype that has yet to receive its aero kit. We should see some of it in a few months. For now, all we know is the Z/28 is rumored to arrive sometime in 2018 with a high-revving, naturally aspirated engine good for at least 700 horsepower.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

Unveiled for the 2017 model year, the sixth-generation Camaro ZL1 is by far the most impressive Camaro with forced-induction built to date. Powered by the the same LT4 engine introduced with the Corvette Z06, the latest ZL1 packs 650 horsepower, looks incredibly menacing, and costs a little more than $60,000, an amazing sticker given the performance. But, as incredible as it may sound, Chevrolet just managed to the make ZL1 even better by giving it the 1LE upgrade.

Previously available on the SS model, the 1LE package was just made available for the V-6 version too for the sixth-generation Camaro. Now, Chevy devised a similar package for the ZL1 and claims that the supercharged 1LE is the most track-capable Camaro ever, meaning it should outgun the bonkers (and now discontinued) Z28 too. These claims are backed by racing-based suspension and aero technologies, as well as exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, and a range of weight-saving measure.

“The track-focused 1LE package offers progressive levels of performance across the Camaro lineup, from the V6 1LE to the SS 1LE,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “But with the new ZL1 1LE, the progression takes a quantum leap — this is the ultimate track-day Camaro.”

How powerful and fast is it? How much it cost? How does it compare to the Shelby GT350 and the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat? Read my review below to get all the answers.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE.


PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Daytona 500 Pace Car

The 2017 Daytona 500 has now come and gone, but the essence of the Chevy Camaro ZL1 pace car is still resonating after being driven by none other than Jeff Gordon, who has won the Daytona 500 in 1997, 1999, and 2005. There were a total of three pace cars on site, for the Daytona 500, all of which shared the same graphics. Based on the latest Camaro ZL1 design, each model was practically bone stock, save for the special graphics and Whelen LED safety lighting system. But, the ZL1 is a pretty special car in the Camaro lineup, so that’s okay – I mean, who can argue with a 6.2-liter, LT4, V-8 that’s paired with a new 10-speed automatic and magnetic ride control? Surely, the pace car was an absolute blast to drive around the track even if Gordon didn’t get all up in the action.

Can you imagine how hard it must have been not to just jump on it and take over Daytona? The new ZL1 is the most powerful, factory-built Camaro to date and it’s certainly ready to play with the big boys. But, there’s also something to be said for a man that has that kind of self-control, as I’m sure none of us here at TopSpeed could have restrained all that much. Anyway, let’s take a better look at the pace car and talk a little more about it.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Daytona 500 Pace Car.


PostHeaderIcon The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Is Here To Rip Your Face Off

Chevy just revealed the new Camaro ZL1 1LE, calling it the most track-capable model to ever wear the nameplate thanks to high-tech suspension, new aerodynamic enhancements, and exclusive uber-grippy Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R performance rubber. Hell yeah.

Let’s take a closer look at the specs. First, the suspension – keeping it shiny side up is Multimatic Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers in all four corners. These race-bred bits offer a good deal of adjustability, and come complemented by an adjustable sway bar and camber plates.

Next, the aero. In back is a sizable spoiler made from carbon fiber, while up front are canards and a splitter for more grip and improved turn in.

Making the most of the extra stick are forged aluminum wheels, now offering a full inch in extra width compared to the regular ZL1, complete with that gummy Goodyear compound already mentioned. Put it on the skidpad, and Chevy says it’ll post 1.1 g.

Better suspension, more wing, and grippy rubber – check, check, and check. The final piece of the puzzle is reduced weight, with about 60 pounds cut from the curb weight of the ZL1 Coupe.

Those upgrades make it quite a bit quicker. To put it in perspective, Chevy says the ZL1 1LE is a whole 3 seconds faster around its 2.9-mile Milford test track than the regular ZL1 Coupe.

Making the go is 650 horses from a blown LT4 6.2-liter V-8, the same lump you get in the regular ZL1.

Official pricing has yet to be announced, but look for the ZL1 1LE in dealers later in the year.


PostHeaderIcon The Fastest Chevrolet You Can Buy Does 200 MPH, and It's Not a Corvette

Chevrolet has just released top speed information for the latest Camaro ZL1 and the supercharged coupe is officially the fastest Chevy you can buy from a dealership. Specifically, the ZL1 Coupe has an official top speed of 198 mph, a figure that was achieved on the High Speed Oval at Germany’s Automotive Testing Papenburg proving ground.

The ZL1’s top speed was measured during two runs in opposite directions on the 7.6-mile loop. This is standard procedure, in order to account for variables like wind speed and track surface. The Camaro hit 202.3 mph in one direction and 193.3 in the other direction for an average of 198 mph. But while the official rating is set at 198, it’s more than obvious that the ZL1 is capable of running beyond the 200-mph mark.

This makes it quicker than the bonkers Corvette Z06 or any other Chevy available for purchase right now, and puts in the select company of supercars that can hit more than 200 mph. Heck, it’s just as quick as the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, and almost as fast as the Charger Hellcat, which tops out at 204 mph. Also, it’s not far off compared to supercars like the Ferrari 488 GTB or McLaren 675LT, which are rated at 205 mph.

“The ZL1 was developed with high-speed performance in mind, incorporating a balanced aerodynamic package that reduces lift without significantly affecting drag,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “After testing the car in standard settings, which produced the 198-mph average, we set the front and rear camber adjustments to 0 degrees and the tire pressures to the maximum allowable sidewall pressure, and saw the ZL1 average over 200 mph.”

The testing was conducted on the ZL1’s production Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 tires with pressure set at 44 psi, the recommended setting for extended high-speed driving. The car’s only modifications from the stock equipment were mandatory safety features and data logging equipment. The vehicle was fitted with the available 10-speed automatic transmission.

Chevrolet also measured a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 3.5 seconds, a quarter-mile time of 11.4 seconds at 127 mph, max cornering of 1.02g and a 60-to-0 mph braking in 107 feet.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Camaro Redline Edition

Chevy is doing an all-out Redline Special Edition blitz at this year’s Chicago Auto Show, with no less than nine individual models receiving the extra Redline gloss treatment. Out of all of them, perhaps the most appropriate model to get Redline’d is the Camaro, although there are also several truck and crossover models getting their own Redline Special Editions as well. We first got a taste for the Redline enhancements a few years back at SEMA in Las Vegas, and now, the package is getting put into production. With that in mind, you should have a general idea what to expect – there are a few aesthetic enhancements and custom touches outside, plus a little bit inside as well, while the mechanicals and hard bits underneath the skin are all left as is.

The Redline, er, line utilizes a black and red color theme, seen prominently throughout the body panels. The package also and adds larger wheels, special badging, unique graphics, and new carpets.

Like the other Redline models on offer, the Redline Camaro gets 20-inch wheels with a black finish and red hash mark along a portion of the outer rim section. There are also black nameplates outlined in red on the body panels, while the front grille and Chevy bowtie badge are also blacked out.

The Chevrolet Camaro Redline Edition can be had for either the LT or SS trim level. In addition, you can get it in either the hardtop coupe two-door, or the convertible body style.

Chevy has yet to announce an exact on-sale date, but did say to expect the Camaro Redline to become available sometime this coming spring.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Camaro Redline Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Unveils Nine Redline Editions in Chicago

Chevrolet is taking the 2017 Chicago Auto Show by storm with no fewer than the nine cars under the Redline special-edition badge. First shown in concept form at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Redline package found its way on nine cars, trucks, and crossovers.

The vehicles that benefit from the bundle and are on display in Chicago are the Cruze LT, Malibu LT, Camaro LT and SS, Trax LT, Equinox LT, Traverse Premier, Colorado LT, Silverado Double Cab LT Z71, and Silverado Crew Cab LTZ Z71. The Cruze LT Redline is available in both sedan and hatchback versions, while the Camaro LT/SS Redline can be had both coupe and convertible body styles.

“Redline is another example of Chevrolet bringing SEMA concepts to showrooms,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. “The SEMA show has proven to be a great way to identify customization trends in the industry, and quickly apply those trends to our most popular Chevrolet models. Based on the strong interest Redline attracted at the show, we believe they will be very popular with customers looking for standout cars, trucks, and crossovers.”

All Redline models are fitted with black wheels with distinct red hash marks, black nameplates with a red outline, blacked-out grilles, and black Chevrolet “bowtie” logos. Customers can also opt for red tow hooks on Silverado and Colorado trucks and unique black hash marks above the front wheels on Camaro pony cars.

The Silverado Redline is already available for purchase, but you’ll have to wait a while longer for the rest of the lineup to become available. Chevrolet says that all Redline cars will be dealerships by the end of the 2017 calendar year. Pricing information is not yet available.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Camaro Redline Edition.


PostHeaderIcon First Drive: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The sixth-generation Camaro’s hottest performance variant to date is gradually arriving in Chevy showrooms as the last few weeks of December roll out. This supercharged coupe is often called a four-seat Corvette Z06 – and for good reason. The ZL1 shares much of the Z06’s technology, including the supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8. Luckily I know a guy with a sparkling new example sitting in his garage, parked next to his Concours-quality 1972 Camaro Z/28.

With less than 500 miles on the ZL1’s odometer, the high-strung car is 1,000 miles short of its GM-recommended break-in period. Then meant no high-speed runs, burnouts, or hard pulls past 4,000 rpm. The warranty depends on it. Nevertheless, I set out to get a feel of the Camaro ZL1’s infamous character.

Not surprisingly, the ZL1 feels remarkably like the Camaro SS I took across country during Chevy’s “Find New Roads” campaign when the sixth-gen Camaro launched last year. The narrow windows, low roof, and high waist line gives the sensation of a cocoon, while the view over the long hood and low seating position solidify the car as something special. The heavily bolstered Recaro seats and the blatantly audible supercharger whine, on the other hand, set the ZL1 apart from the SS.

From behind the Alcantara-covered, flat-bottomed steering wheel, the Camaro ZL1 feels lighter and more nimble than its fifth-generation predecessor. Toggle the Performance Traction Management system into Sport mode, and the car tenses up like an Olympic sprinter at the starting line. The steering becomes more taught, the throttle becomes twitchier, the ride becomes firmer, and the dual-mode exhaust opens up. The change isn’t just mental – the PTM modes make aggressive changes to the ZL1’s behavior that are clearly felt.

Continue reading for the full driven review.


PostHeaderIcon Ringbrothers Announces Impressive Lineup For SEMA Show

Established in the small town of Spring Green, Wisconsin, more than a decade ago, Ringbrothers is responsible for some of the coolest resto-mod cars the tuning market has spawned in recent years. Notable examples include the 1965 Ford Mustang Blizzard, the 1971 De Tomaso Pantera ADRNLN, and the awesome 1966 Chevelle that the company unveiled at the 2014 SEMA Show. Speaking of SEMA, it has been the company’s favorite event for new products in recent years, and this year’s edition isn’t going to be different. Actually, for the first time since showing up in Las Vegas, Ringbrothers will unveil no fewer than four builds at the SEMA Show.

First on the list is a 1948 Cadillac Series V that looks as if ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons would drive it around town. However, the car was actually built for Wes Rydell and his wife Vivian, known for their impressive collection of hot rods and custom vehicles. The Caddy is dubbed “Madam V” and will join the “Madame X,” another custom Cadillacs built by Chip Foose, in Rydell’s garage. The coupe melds vintage with modern features and sports a pearl white paint job, as well as carbon-fiber components.

Next up is the “G-Code,” a muscle car based on the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. The company’s only second 1969 Camaro, the “G-Code” is Rings’ fastest and most powerful Chevy to date thanks to the supercharged, LS3 V-8 engine under the hood. The coupe also features a massive number of billet components and a cool light-blue paint job with white and black stripes and golden wheels. The third car to be unveiled at SEMA is “Ballistic.” Based on a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible, it comes with a widebody kit, a supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 engine taken from a late-model Shelby GT500, and a dazzling BASF Glasurit custom hue called “Blu by U.”

Finally, Ringbrothers will also take the wraps off a custom 1972 Winnebago Brave camper van. Described as “the world’s fastest Winnebago” and dubbed “Happy Camper,” the RV packs in excess of 900 horsepower and a World War II Bomber-inspired and “party-ready” interior.

The “Madam V” Cadillac and “G-Code” Camaro will be unveiled on November 1, while the “Ballistic” Mustang and the “Happy Camper” Winnebago will be showcased starting November 2.

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PostHeaderIcon New Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Can Hit 60 MPH In First Gear

Although hitting 60 mph from a standing start as quick as possible isn’t exactly relevant unless you take your car to the drag strip, it’s a feature automakers have been using in their marketing blurbs for decades. Getting up to 60 mph as quick as possible depends on many factors beyond horsepower and torque. It’s also about grippy tires, whether power is sent to the front, rear or all four wheels, and how fast you or the automatic transmission can change gears. Granted, automatics are usually quicker than manuals, but that might not be the case with the brand-new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

According to Camaro engineer Al Oppenheiser, the new supercharged ZL1 can reach 60 mph in first gear. With the manual transmission, this means no shifting, which results in a quicker sprint. Given that the new vehicle is not only more powerful, but lighter too, we can expect a significant performance increase when the car hits the drag strip. With the previous-gen ZL1 needing four seconds to get from 0 to 60 with the manual, the redesigned model should be able to hit the benchmark in the mid-three-second range. That’s just a second slower than supercars such as the LaFerrari or a Tesla Model S with the new 100-kWh battery, and a tremendous figure for a muscle car.

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PostHeaderIcon Who's This TopSpeed Superfan?

Here at TopSpeed, we’re used to seeing awesome cars. Bugattis, Ferraris, Lambos – they’re all an everyday occurrence around the office. But a certain fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro SS has just snatched our full attention. It was spotted wearing the TopSpeed logo at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California.

The owner wasn’t around the car, so the photo is the only information we’ve got. Nevertheless, the car is proudly sporting our logo. Its black color nicely matches the car’s racing stripes, the blacked-out panel between the taillights, and the five-spoke wheels. Interestingly enough, the car also wears a U.S. Air Force license plate rather than official state tags. California law allows 90 days to obtain tags after a vehicle purchase, so perhaps this 2010 to 2013 Camaro SS is this superfan’s new baby.

Congrats on your purchase, superfan. And assuming you’re a member of the Air Force, thanks for your service to the country. Feel free to reach out. We’d love to hear from you! Lastly, thanks to my good friend Matt Nixon for spotting the car and grabbing the photo.


PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Camaro Trans-Am

The second-generation Chevrolet Camaro was introduced in the spring of 1970, four years after General Motors launched the nameplate in response to the Ford Mustang. Produced until 1981, the second-gen Camaro was a significant departure from its predecessor, being longer, wider, and lower. It also featured brand-new styling inside and out, as well as redesigned engines. Unlike the first-gen model, the second-gen Camaro wasn’t offered as a convertible. The second-generation coupe was the last Camaro created in the golden era of the muscle car, before lower compression and tighter emission controls brought significant drops in horsepower in 1972.

Much like its predecessor, the second-gen Camaro also spawned a number of race cars, especially in Z/28 trim. But while the first-gen Z/28 is famous for winning back-to-back Trans-Am championships in 1968 and 1969, the second-gen model marked the beginning of a less successful era for Chevrolet in the series. It all began with Roger Penske’s decision to leave Chevrolet for American Motors Corporation (AMC) for the 1970 season, taking talented drivers Mark Donohue and Peter Revson with him. With a brand-new car on its hands and no one to run the Trans-Am team, Chevrolet turned to Jim Hall and Chaparral Cars.

Known for his innovative, Chevy-powered Chaparrals that dominated U.S. road racing during the 1960s, Hall built three cars in only six months — one for himself, one for Ed Leslie, and the third as a spare. Although Chevrolet failed to win its third consecutive Trans-Am season, the 1970 “Chaparral” Camaro went into the history books as one of the rarest Camaros ever built. As of this writing, only Hall’s No. 1 car is known to exist, which makes the “Chaparral” Camaro a rare gem among race-spec classic muscle cars.

Restored to period correct perfection by Trans-Am expert Mark Mountanos, the No. 1 car is on sale via The Canepa Collection. Whether it finds a new owner or not, Hall’s white-and-blue Camaro is worthy of a closer look, which is exactly what we will do in the review below.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Announces Plans For 50th Anniversary Of The Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet had a big year in 1966, and it had everything to do with a car that played an important role in defining what American performance cars meant back then. I’m talking about the Chevrolet Camaro. The pony car is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer with a series of events lined up during the Woodward Dream Cruise presented by Chevrolet.

It’s only fitting that Chevrolet made the announcement 50 years to the day – June 28, 1966 – when Chevrolet first announced the Camaro’s name. Obviously, both the name and the model have endured and remain, to this day, important parts of the U.S. automotive industry. The Camaro’s status is a big reason why Chevrolet is organizing these events to pay homage to the model that helped usher in the muscle car era.

The Camaro 50th Anniversary Celebration is scheduled to kick off on August 18 at the Lansing Grand River plant in Lansing, Michigan. Here, Chevrolet will play host to Camaro owners and aficionados with a car show, heritage display, a tour of the plant, and meaningful discussions with current Camaro team members, including the car’s chief engineer, Al Oppenheiser.

The very next day, August 19, will see Chevrolet host a “Camaros and Coffee” meet at the Joe Louis Arena Riverfront parking lot in downtown Detroit. Owners of the Chevrolet Camaro are welcome to join in on the festivities, which will be highlighted by a Camaro Rally that will be led by the 50th Anniversary Edition Camaros that Chevy unveiled in March 2016.

The three-day extravaganza will conclude on August 20 with a special Camaro heritage display at the company’s site for the Woodward Dream Cruise. Befitting the purpose of the event, Chevrolet will display rare and milestone examples from the Camaro’s six generations. Among those that will be a part of the heritage display are two of the latest Camaros to hit dealerships, the all-new 2017 Camaro ZL1 and 1LE models.

Chevrolet also noted that reservations are not required, especially for the tours, but registration is required on site. There’s a lot to be thankful for with this incredible milestone and those who are interested to join in on the festivities can learn more information about them at Chevrolet’s dedicated website, www.camarofifty.com.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Camaro Bumblebee

The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro arrived in 2015 and replaced the previous pony car the brand had been selling since 2009. A significant departure from its predecessor in terms of design, the sixth-gen Camaro is also lighter and a bit smaller, sharing more similarities with sports coupes such as the BMW 4 Series rather than traditional pony car competitors such as the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. On top of the redesigned bodywork, chassis, and upgraded V-6 and V-8 engines, the new Camaro also brought the very-first four-cylinder engine to the nameplate since the early 1990s.

Less than 18 months old as of June 2016, the new Camaro has already spawned a number of special-edition models, a race-spec COPO version, and a supercharged ZL1. A redesigned Z/28 is also set to follow by the end of the year, but Chevrolet won’t stop there. With a new installment of the Transformers franchise underway for 2017, a new Bumblebee car based on the sixth-generation Camaro is also under development.

Not much is known about it at this point, but movie director Michael Bay just gave us a first look at the new Bumblebee by posting an image of the car on Twitter. Learn more about the custom coupe below and stay tuned for updates. We’ll be back as soon as we have them.

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