Camaro Goes Hardcore With Upcoming Z/28 and ZL1 1LE

Chevrolet is developing a series of engines that it hopes will challenge the elite BMW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles of the world.

The new naturally aspirated motor will pump out up to 750-hp and feature specs on par with the Ferrari 458 Italia.

Car and Driver says of the motor,

These engines eventually will power the Camaros and Corvettes of your dreams as well as the hottest Cadillacs in GM’s arsenal. We’re estimating the sequence could begin with a Z/28 for the 2019 model year and continue with the C8 Corvette Z06 shortly thereafter. Cadillac will join the fray on its own schedule to run with BMW Ms, Mercedes-AMGs, Porsche Panameras, and the like.

Yup, the Z/28 is likely to return in the next couple of years and it sounds like it’ll live up to its reputation of being the most desirable Camaro in the stable.

And it’s not even the only ultra-fast Camaro on the horizon. Things are definitely looking good for folks who believe the most powerful American cars on the market should wear a bowtie.

Chevrolet already has the insane Camaro ZL1, but has decided it’s still not enough car. Enter the all-new track-focused Camaro ZL1 1LE.

Hold onto your britches, folks, this one’s not for the faint of heart.

The Camaro ZL1 1LE gets the same supercharged V8 as the ZL1. That means it’ll have 650 horsepower and an unbelievable 650 pound-feet of torque channeled through a 6-speed manual transmission. All the extra bits are found in the body and suspension.

There’s an exceptionally large carbon fiber wing in the back and air deflectors on the bumpers, in addition to Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires to provide grip.

The suspension is adjustable and uses the Multimatic spool valve shocks we discussed in our post on the Colorado ZR2.

The ZL1 1LE is 60 pounds lighter than the ZL1 but still gets a Bose sound-system, heated and cooled front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

No one will say what the ZL1 1LE will cost, but it should be in dealerships this summer as a 2018 model.

Will this be the Camaro that makes Mustang owners jump to Chevy?

-tgriffith

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