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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE Tackles Nurburgring

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In recent years the Camaro has been transforming itself from a pure and red-blooded American muscle car into a sports car with European feelings, and that is because of a little place called the Nurburgring. So it was only natural they sent the new 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE over there, and it was only fitting that it set a respectable time. 

Lapping the Nurburgring’s 12.9-mile (20.8 km) Nordschleife (“north loop”) in 7:16.04, the 2018 Camaro Zl1 1LE is not the fastest car of its type ever to tackle the Green Hell, but it is the fastest Camaro. In fact, it is a whopping 14 seconds (thereabouts) faster than the regular ZL1 with a 10-speed auto transmission.

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The difference is down to the 1LE track pack with its adjustable suspension components — including Multimatic DSSV (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) front and rear dampers — special front dive planes and carbon-fiber rear wing, and exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R summer-only tires.And of course, a large chunk of the credit goes to the 650 horsepower LT4 supercharged V-8 engine which is as powerful as Odin and Thor combined!

With chassis adjustability unlike any vehicle in its peer group, the Camaro ZL1 1LE challenges supercars from around the world regardless of cost, configuration or propulsion system,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “To make up more than a second per mile on the Nordschleife compared to the ZL1 automatic is a dramatic improvement and speaks to the 1LE’s enhanced track features.”

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Sets Camaro Record At Nurburgring

The newly introduced Camaro ZL1 1LE has just become the quickest Chevy Camaro to lap the Nurburgring track. The supercharged coupe equipped with the revised 1LE package lapped the German track in seven minutes and 16.04 seconds, which makes it 13.56 ticks quicker than the Camaro ZL1 that the company tested in 2016. The record was achieved using a suspension setup adjusted for optimal track performance and running on the production Goodyear tires, so there’s no trickery involved. At least none that stands out.

As a brief reminder, the 1LE package adds a range of performance-enhancing features, including Multimatic DSSV (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) front and rear dampers, special front dive planes, carbon-fiber rear wing, and exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires. The 1LE is rated at the same 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque as the standard Camaro ZL1. The 1LE package adds $7,500 to the ZL1’s sticker, increasing the final price to $69,995 before options.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Equinox – Driven

I don’t need to remind anyone just how explosive the crossover market is these days. The competition is growing evermore fierce as automakers fight for consumer dollars as sales of sedans plummet and traditional body-on-frame SUVs crawl up-market toward the luxury segment. That’s why the Equinox is so important for Chevrolet. It splits the difference. And having spent a week driving the all-new, 2018 Equinox, it’s clear Chevy sharpened its knife before redesigning this two-row crossover.

The new, third generation Equinox gains fresh (though arguably bland) styling for 2018, along with a far more modern interior with tons of in-demand active safety and tech features. Available attractions include a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, six USB ports, wireless phone charging, heated and vented front seats, lane keep assist, forward collision alert, and a 360-degree camera system. Chevy improved the ride, too, with a stiffer and lighter chassis, four-wheel independent suspension, and three engine choices that include a turbodiesel estimated to achieve 40 mpg highway. Even as a jaded journalist used to driving high-end products, I found myself deeply impressed by the 2018 Equinox. Keep ready to see why.

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PostHeaderIcon Corvette Z06 Owners File Class-Action Lawsuit Against GM Over Performance Issues

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 owners have filed a class-action lawsuit against General Motors for overheating issues that cause the sports car to go into “limp mode” after only 15 minutes of track use. The lawsuit, filed in June by automaker-suing firm Hagens Berman, claims that a cooling system malfunction can put the Corvette Z06 into “limp mode,” which drastically reduces the car’s power and speed. After only 15 minutes, which is by no means what you expect when you buy a car that can cost in excess of $100,000. What’s more, it turns out that the Z06 can go into limp mode on public roads too, which eliminates the scenario that this is an issue for customers who take their sports car to the track.

As is it the case with cooling system defects, the issue is also prone to do damage to important engine components, which adds costly repair bills to an already frustrating experience. The issue affects model-year 2015 to 2017 cars and Hagens Berman estimates that around 30,000 units may suffer from this problem. The lawsuit also claims that General Motors breached state and federal laws and it seeks financial damages for the owners.

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PostHeaderIcon The 10 Most-American cars Built in 2017

Each year, the American University’s Kogod School of Business conducts a survey of the automotive industry. The D.C.-based school maps out the most American-made vehicles, regardless of their brand. Seven key criteria are used in determining the rankings, but it comes down to the percentage of American and Canadian parts used and location of the vehicles’ assembly, research and development, and corporate headquarters.

Though Kogod’s inclusive survey ranks every vehicle sold in the U.S., we’re focusing on the top 10. Much of the list hasn’t changed over 2016, but there are a few additions and missing models. An update in scoring for 2017 allows half-points for automakers (FCA, in particular) that have headquarters in multiple countries. As such, the Jeep Wrangler joins the list, despite the vehicle itself not changing. For a full explanation of the points system, check out Kogod’s website. To skip to the Top 10 most American vehicles, keep reading here on TopSpeed.com

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PostHeaderIcon Chevy’s "Real People" Ads Are Working

At the door of my daughter’s preschool this morning, her teacher looked out to see my 2018 Chevrolet Equinox tester sitting in the first parking space. The Summit White crossover is fully loaded with the Premier trim package and 19-inch, Ultra Bright Machined wheels, so it’s easy to spot in the morning sun. And what’s the first thing she says? “Oh, I’ve seen that one! It’s from the ‘Bad Mamma Jamma’ commercial, right?!”

Yep, she pegged it. The 2018 Equinox has gotten its own “Real People” ad in Chevy’s long line of TV and Internet commercials. Like the others, this commercial supposedly takes “real people” and gets their first-blush opinion of Chevy vehicles. While not my favorite of Chevy’s marketing strategies (that goes to the “Like A Rock” series), “Real People” has taken some extensive abuse. A recent Jalopnik article even says the Bad Mamma Jamma ad is “everything wrong with everything.” The profanity-laced editorial calls out the Chevy for making average people look like idiots while marveling at vehicles on-camera. But there’s something the Jalopnik writer isn’t seeing…

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Offers OnStar 4G LTE Unlimited Plan

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As if the Americans needed more distraction behind the wheel, what with their Big Macs and large drinks and legal weed, Chevrolet announced an unlimited prepaid data plan for only $20 per month for the OnStar 4G LTE system. This gives the occupants of Chevys with WiFi hotspot access to unlimited high-speed internet on the move. 

This is awesome for the passengers, but the driver must exercise great self-restraint not to stream Netflix on his phone as he travels those long and boring Interstates. Chevrolet came up with this OnStar 4G LTE Unlimited plan after they looked at the data usage through the OnStar system and realized last year alone customers used nearly 200 percent more OnStar 4G LTE data in their vehicles compared to 2015. They crunched the numbers, and calculated that data usage was the equivalent of more than 17.5 million hours of video streaming in 2016!

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“We have contractors bidding jobs in their Silverados, families streaming movies in their Suburbans and Malibus and everyone tapping into the cloud for music,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and global head of Chevrolet. “With the most affordable unlimited 4G LTE data plan in the auto industry, the widest availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and new connected services like OnStar AtYourService, our momentum can only grow.”

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Cruze RS – Driven

The Chevrolet Cruze was not hurting for fans. As its first generation neared the end of its run in 2014, Cruze sales reached their high point, with more than 273,000 copies sold. Curious, then, that the Cruze suffered a setback in sales when it was redesigned in 2016 for the 2017 model year. Having spent a week with it recently, I can say that confuses me. The Cruze got sexy new sheet metal, a more-efficient powertrain, a new hatchback model, and improved ride and handling when it was redesigned. Yet, it sold fewer than 200,000 copies for the first time ever in 2016, if you don’t count its late introduction in 2010 when it was on sale for just three months. So, what gives?

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

The seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette was unveiled in early 2013 and introduced for the 2014 model year. It replaced the nine-year-old C6 and essentially changed the way enthusiasts viewed the Corvette thanks to its significant upgrades. Besides the more angular and aggressive styling, the C7 also received a revamped interior that no longer made use of cheap plastics. The cabin was finally moved into premium territory, putting an end to decades of criticism. Under the hood, the ’Vette continues to use a naturally aspirated, 6.2-liter V-8 powerplant, but the old LS3 was replaced with the brand-new LT1.

While it spawned the usual supercharged Z06 and race-spec R versions, as well as a Grand Sport and numerous limited-edition models, the seventh-generation Vette entered its third model year without a range-topping ZR1 in its lineup. A successor to the most powerful version of the C6 was rumored ever since the standard C7 arrived in dealerships, but in three years we got nothing more than unconfirmed rumors and speculation. Actually, at some point GM did say that a ZR1 won’t happen, and then the upcoming mid-engined Corvette, likely called the Zora, caught our entire attention.

The supercharged ’Vette gained more traction in May 2016, when General Motors filed a trademark for the “ZR1” name. Although a trademark doesn’t necessarily mean the car in question is actually coming, the spy shots we received from our paparazzi in the second half of 2016 pretty much confirm there’s a new ZR1 underway. The high-performance coupe is expected to arrive for the 2018 model, meaning that its official debut could take place in early 2017. Keep reading for more info on the new ZR1, a couple of renderings based on recent spy shots, and stay tuned for updates.

Updated 04/20/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Corvette ZR1 out for a new testing session at Nurburgring where the car was making a lot of noise. According to the photographers the car was making more than the 100 dB that is allowed during the Industry test session.

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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.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Edition

Launched in 2013, the seventh-generation Corvette adopted a new styling language, GM’s latest in-car technology, and a significantly more upscale interior that finally moved the nameplate to the more premium side of the market. A new V-8 engine was also developed, as well as a redesigned Z06 that packs more horsepower than a Dodge Viper. Following a range of new updates for each model year, the Corvette celebrates its 65th anniversary with the Carbon 65 Edition at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

Wow, I can’t believe that almost 65 years have passed since the Corvette came to be, but yes, the original ’Vette goes back to 1953. Granted, it’s not as big as the 60th and 70th anniversary, but 65 years of making American sports car enthusiasts happy is a great reason to celebrate. And, the Carbon 65 Edition seems like the perfect package for a special event like this. Like the name suggests, the C7 is enhanced by means of carbon-fiber elements, but it also gets a number of unique visuals inside and out.

However, the upgrade isn’t available on just any model, but only on the Grand Sport 3LT and the Z06 3LZ. It’s also limited to only 650 units globally.

“Corvette is one of the most storied names in Chevrolet and sports car history, with a heritage few can match,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “The new Carbon 65 Edition honors that legacy, while offering customers another unique, special-edition model that personalizes the ownership experience.”

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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

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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.

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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 Will The Chevy Corvette get an Active Aero System in the Near Future?

If you’ve been paying attention lately, you know that the Lamborghini Huracan Performante made that amazing, record-setting lap time at the Nurburgring. You should also know that it was able to complete that lap thanks to an active aero system that is known as “Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva,” a system that allows the car to remain a little loose in the straightaways while achieving maximum downforce when cornering. Well, Lambo is the only brand that has been working hard on active aero systems as Chevy has also been hard at work, and according to a patent that was published on March 23, 2017, the Corvette could be the first in line to get the GM designed, active aero system.

That’s right; the patent itself gives a pretty fair breakdown of the system but shows that it has been designed around the Corvette. And, that points to something really important: A hardcore track-focused Corvette could be in the works! Of course, we don’t know this for sure, and like some patents, this one could fizzle away into nothing. Autoguide even contacted Chevy Communications to ask about the active aero system, and the only response it received was “We have no comment at this time.”

So what does this active aero system consist of? Well, keep reading to learn more about it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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$14,100.00 (39 Bids)
End Date: Monday Jul-31-2017 15:37:28 PDT
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1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3 1968 Corvette C3 Convertible #'s Match 427 Big Block, Muncie 4-Speed
$12,100.00 (12 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Aug-6-2017 19:00:00 PDT
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1965 Ford Mustang 2 DOOR 1965 MUSTANG FASTBACK A-CODE 289 4SPD SOLID BEAUTIFUL RED BLACK PONY INTERIOR
$18,100.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Aug-1-2017 13:09:27 PDT
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1957 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1957 Chevy Pickup Pro Street Big Block 502
$11,325.00 (5 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 19:02:53 PDT
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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe 2-Door 2014 CHEVY CORVETTE STINGRAY LT AUTO NAV REAR CAM 16K #127706 Texas Direct Auto
$35,200.00 (24 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Jul-29-2017 18:11:26 PDT
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2007 Chevrolet Corvette Base Convertible 2-Door oft Top Convertible Yellow HID Convertible 6 Speed Short Throw Chrome
$10,700.00 (31 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Aug-1-2017 9:23:13 PDT
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2014 Chevrolet Camaro LS Coupe 2-Door 2014 CHEVY CAMARO LS 6-SPEED CD AUDIO ALLOY WHEELS 33K #157886 Texas Direct Auto
$1.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Friday Aug-4-2017 6:54:26 PDT
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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe 2-Door 2017 CHEVY CORVETTE STINGRAY 2LT AUTO NAV LEATHER 1K MI #113822 Texas Direct
$2,025.00 (7 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 14:45:00 PDT
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2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Coupe 2-Door 2012 FORD MUSTANG BOSS 302 5.0 6-SPD RECARO 19'S 21K MI #223992 Texas Direct
$7,400.00 (24 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Aug-2-2017 14:38:37 PDT
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2007 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe 2-Door 2007 CHEVY CORVETTE AUT
$15,100.00 (25 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Aug-1-2017 13:30:39 PDT
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2014 Ford Mustang Base Convertible 2-Door 2014 FORD MUSTANG V6 CONVERTIBLE AUTO CRUISE CTL 21K MI #297121 Texas Direct
$671.00 (18 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 17:30:00 PDT
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2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe 2-Door 2016 CHEVY CORVETTE Z06 650HP S/C 2LZ 7-SPD NAV HUD 11K #608724 Texas Direct
$45,500.00 (12 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jul-28-2017 15:14:00 PDT
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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Coupe 2-Door 2017 CHEVY CORVETTE GRAND SPORT 2LT VENT LEATHER HUD 1K #105123 Texas Direct
$40,750.00 (27 Bids)
End Date: Monday Jul-31-2017 15:52:18 PDT
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2007 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 2-Door 2007 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Premium Package w/ Many Extras 2-Door 4.6L - Eleanor
$2,025.00 (4 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 16:06:33 PDT
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1967 Ford Mustang Coupe 1967 Ford Mustang Trans Am Tribute
$2,025.00 (2 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 12:49:27 PDT
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2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe 2-Door 2015 CHEVY CAMARO 2SS RS HTD LEATHER NAV HUD 20'S 23K #216402 Texas Direct Auto
$7,600.00 (8 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Aug-1-2017 13:57:17 PDT
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1986 Chevrolet Corvette Base Hatchback 2-Door 86 Chevy Corvette Red Greenwood Ground Effects Automatic Nitto ZR Tires
$202.50 (3 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 17:01:01 PDT
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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 Convertible 2-Door 2014 CHEVY CORVETTE STINGRAY Z51 CONVERTIBLE 2LT HUD 5K #107667 Texas Direct
$43,100.00 (35 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jul-28-2017 18:35:18 PDT
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2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Coupe 2-Door 2016 FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT350 6-SPD BLUETOOTH REAR CAM #523329 Texas Direct
$53,980.00
End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 14:45:00 PDT
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1967 Ford Mustang GT FASTBACK 1967 Mustang Fastback GT equipment Springtime Yellow New paint redlines Awesome!
$26,600.00 (14 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Aug-6-2017 16:57:25 PDT
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1980 Chevrolet Corvette base coupe Rare Claret Red color C3 Corvette 350 sbc original owner low miles runs perfect
$2,000.00 (6 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 19:55:40 PDT
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2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe 2-Door 2013 CHEVY CAMARO ZL1 S/C AUTO SUNROOF NAV HUD 20'S 51K #805724 Texas Direct
$33,980.00
End Date: Wednesday Aug-2-2017 14:33:09 PDT
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1971 Chevrolet Corvette base coupe 1971 Corvette Base 350 Small Block 270 HP
$16,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 11:35:51 PDT
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible 2-Door 2016 CHEVY CAMARO 2SS CONVERTIBLE LEATHER NAV HUD 1K MI #189154 Texas Direct
$40,980.00
End Date: Wednesday Aug-2-2017 16:07:36 PDT
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2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe 2-Door 2012 CHEVY CAMARO ZL1 S/C 6-SPD SUNROOF REAR CAM HUD 8K #800506 Texas Direct
$36,980.00
End Date: Wednesday Aug-2-2017 14:43:35 PDT
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1966 Ford Mustang 2 door 1966 FORD MUSTANG for sale!
$3,050.00 (7 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Aug-1-2017 7:51:31 PDT
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1965 Ford Mustang 2 Door Coupe Great Summer Friday Night Cruising Car
$15,000.00
End Date: Sunday Jul-30-2017 4:27:20 PDT
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2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe 2-Door 2013 CHEVY CORVETTE ZR1 3ZR S/C 6-SPEED NAV HUD BOSE 8K #800250 Texas Direct
$66,480.00
End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 16:15:00 PDT
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2015 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible 2-Door 2015 FORD MUSTANG GT PREMIUM CONVER
$32,480.00
End Date: Wednesday Aug-2-2017 18:15:00 PDT
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