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2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
American muscle that out “sports” more expensive rides

Chevrolet has really crushed it with the 6th-generation Camaro. The chassis is brilliant, the engine note is downright delicious, and the performance is world class… and that’s just on a regular old SS. Step up to the 650-horsepower Camaro ZL1 and it’s a whole different ballgame.

Under the hood is the supercharged LT4 and it’s paired with either a six-speed manual or the ten-speed automatic found on our test car. This auto box is far better than the eight-speed used elsewhere in the GM lineup.

Amazingly, this isn’t even the craziest Camaro you can buy. With the ZL1, you can option it out as a ZL1 1LE. That swaps the magnetic ride for spool valve-dampened suspension, smaller wheels with wider tires, and enough aero to force the car into the ground when pushed aggressively.

If you want one of the most capable bang-for-the-buck cars out there, the Camaro ZL1 should be on your shopping list. It’s not cheap, priced over $60,000, but it will decimate the egos and lap times of those with far more expensive machinery.

[Disclaimer: Chevy tossed us the keys to the ZL1 and included a tank of fuel.]

  • outback_ute

    Too bad they don’t include RHD

    • Jeff Glucker

      They don’t do RHD for Straya?

      • outback_ute

        HSV is now doing conversions of the Camaro SS and Silverado 2500, but the Camaros are not on sale yet and rumoured to cost $90k compared with $63k for the Mustang GT Premium. Or $93 for an M2.

        Not sure that they will certify the ZL1 engine either.

        Apparently the next generation will have rhd from the factory.

        • outback_ute

          Other importers have already brought the current Camaro in already, plus there are some of the previous generation ZL1 here too.

  • Zentropy

    The tiny greenhouse and overall cartoonish looks just kill it for me, regardless how awesome a performer it admittedly is.

    • Smaglik

      Agreed . That, along with an upbringing in the Midwest still screams MULLET whenever I see a Camaro.

  • I saw a new ZL1 1LE on the way home from work today. I could tell it was a ZL1 1LE from the flares scoops and spoilers. That and the license plate was 1LE ZL1. A seriously mean looking car.

    • wunno sev

      the smug-suburban-baby-boomer completeness challenge includes putting at least one GM option package code on your vanity plate. you’re given credit for a second if you have only one but it’s included in a pun about racing and/or winning. you only get seven characters, after all.

      additional credit is given for a “blue lives matter” sticker and/or a fact sheet to be displayed in the window at car shows.