2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: Who Designed It Better?
The rendering vs. the real deal.
The mighty ZL1 variant of the sixth-generation Camaro is upon us, and it looks every bit as mean and purposeful as we hoped. With 640 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque, the new ZL1 was expected to have all the subtlety of a oiled-up bodybuilder. Just as we did with the Bugatti Chiron, we created a rendering of the ZL1 Camaro many months before its official debut.
We got most of the details correct. Under the brutish exterior, the ZL1 packs the same 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V-8 engine we predicted. The LT4 is shared with both the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V and 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, providing a 185 hp and 185 lb-ft boost over the regular LT1 found in the Camaro SS.
Unlike the Bugatti design, which pour illustrators essentially had to design from the ground-up, we were able to base our ZL1 design on the existing Camaro coupe. If anything, our creation (top half) is less aggressive than the real deal (bottom half), with a side and front aero kit purloined from the C7 Z06.
The ZL1's performance is set to be staggering, with the standard 455-hp Camaro SS packing enough straight-line grunt for a 0-60-mph hustle in just 4.0 seconds. Add the extra horsepower and available 10-speed automatic transmission, and the ZL1 should dip into the mid-three second range.
So, only one question remains: Who designed it better?