Reviews 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE is Your Supercharged Z/28 Successor

18:25  25 february  2017
18:25  25 february  2017 Source:   Motor Trend

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The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL 1 1 LE brings the best bits of the last-gen Z / 28 to the 650-hp supercharged model of the lineup. For now though, consider this your Z / 28 successor .

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL 1 1 LE brings the best bits of the last-gen Z / 28 to the 650-hp supercharged model of the lineup. Your supercharged Z / 28 successor . By: Alex Nishimoto February 24, 2017.

Since its launch in 2012, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has developed a reputation for being the muscle car of the Camaro lineup. The debut of the 2017 Camaro ZL1 helped change that perception with its more track-capable performance, and now the surprise reveal of the ZL1 1LE turns the idea that the model is only good for burnouts completely on its head.

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is Capable of 200+ MPH

  The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is Capable of 200+ MPH <p>Supercharged beast is fastest production Camaro ever</p>"It's the most capable and fastest Camaro ever," said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, in a release.

We expect Chevrolet to re-introduce the Camaro Z 28 for the 2018 model year. Another possibility is for GM to repurpose the LS7 for use in the new Z / 28 or to use a differently-tuned variant of the supercharged 6.2L LT4 V-8 found in the 2017 Camaro ZL 1 .

Woe to the hopeful braggart whose 2017 Camaro ZL 1 is still on order. They’ve gone from having the top dog to second best, because Chevrolet just announced the 2018 Camaro ZL 1 1 LE , an upgrade from the standard ZL 1 that drops 60 pounds, only comes in a manual, adds the fifth-gen Z 28 ’s

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Chevrolet revealed the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE at Daytona International Speeway ahead of this weekend's Daytona 500. The car is essentially a mashup of the current ZL1 and the last-gen Z/28. The package will be offered as an option on any 2018 Camaro ZL1 coupe beginning this summer, and results in a 3-second quicker lap time around GM's Milford Proving Grounds.

2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE rear three quarter in motion© Motor Trend Staff 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE rear three quarter in motion

How is that achieved? The 1LE uses the same 650-hp, 650-lb-ft supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 as the standard ZL1, so all of the upgrades happen outside of the engine bay. The 1LE replaces the stock 285-width tires with 305s in the front and 325s in the rear. The tires are Goodyear's new Eagle F1 Supercar 3R, the company's first cup tire design. The tires were developed specifically for the ZL1 1LE and are the widest ever to appear on a factory Camaro.

Behold the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE, the most hardcore of Camaros

  Behold the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE, the most hardcore of Camaros The option package will be available this summer.On the outside, it's immediately apparent what some of the changes are. The front fascia receives new canards and revised grilles, which are complemented by the enormous rear wing. That wing is made entirely of carbon fiber, has hollow supports, and provides 300 pounds of downforce at top speed. There is an X on each side of the wing endplates to further reinforce that this is the extreme Camaro (unlike the S10 Xtreme, which was nothing of the sort). The exposed carbon fiber also matches the standard exposed carbon fiber on the hood.

The Upcoming 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Z 28 . Earlier this year was revealed the new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS and shortly after that was announced the upcoming version and the most powerful Camaro ever the ZL 1 version.

This Account has been suspended. Camaro Z 28 Testing at the Nurburgring.

The model also gets the DSSV spool-valve dampers that debuted on the Z/28 and just recently made it to the Chevy Colorado ZR2. The suspension features an adjustable ride height, solid-mounted front struts, adjustable camber plates, a hard-mounted rear cradle, and an adjustable rear anti-roll bar. The DSSV dampers contribute to weight savings of roughly 60 pounds compared to the standard ZL1 with its magnetorheological shocks.

2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE front three quarter in motion 03© Motor Trend Staff 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE front three quarter in motion 03

The other big improvement is aero. The ZL1 1LE gets a carbon fiber rear wing, air deflectors and dive planes, and a new front splitter. The beloved Flowtie also returns, and the front grilles have been enlarged for better cooling. All LT4s have a new supercharger lid to reduce heat.

The ZL1 1LE will only be available with a six-speed manual transmission, just like the Z/28. Why not just call this a Z/28? Chevy says that name is reserved for naturally aspirated cars, and wouldn't rule out a true Z/28 variant in the future. For now though, consider this your Z/28 successor. Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser said this model is "not your daily driver," but it is "a little more of a daily driver than the Z/28 was."

The Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R is the ZL1 1LE outfitted for racing

  The Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R is the ZL1 1LE outfitted for racing It will compete in the Pirelli World Challenge and ContinentalChevrolet says the GT4.R is based on the production ZL1 1LE track-day special. In production guise, the ZL1 1LE is gunned by a 650-horsepower, supercharged LT4 engine coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox. But it's the improved aero along with the track-adjustable suspension that really shows off its racing chops. The hungry, aggressive front is festooned with air deflectors and dive planes to give the car more of the downforce it needs, and in stock form the rear wing affords it 300 pounds of downforce.

It uses the exact same engine as the Corvette ZL 1 , a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 which boasts a very impressive 640 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque. The car everyone is waiting for though has to be the future 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z 28 which is currently missing from the market.

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Z 28 belong to third Z / 28 generation. It is a sport coupe who returned in 2013 after 46 years as part of 5th Camaro generation. He is not as fast as Chevy ZL 1 but but it is faster than supercharged Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 or Porsche 911 Carerra S.

2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE front three quarter in motion 02© Motor Trend Staff 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE front three quarter in motion 02

Each ZL1 1LE gets a black hood wrap, clear carbon scoop, black taillights, and satin black mirrors. The car also gets Chevy's eLSD, Positive Traction Management system, and Performance Data Recorder (PDR) as standard. The brakes are unchanged from the standard ZL1, and it has all the same launch and line lock features. Pricing hasn't been announced yet, but figure around $63,000 for the 2018 ZL1 coupe plus several thousand for the 1LE package.

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