Listen to the 2017 Camaro ZL1 Roar on Track
When the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro debuted earlier this year, it brought with it three muscled-up engines—a 275 horsepower four-cylinder, a 335-hp V6, and a 455-hp V8. That makes for one compelling family of power, but undoubtedly fans want more, and it appears they won’t have to wait long. This camouflaged beast is purported to be the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1—the supercharged successor to today’s 580-horsepower ZL1. It was recently filmed while performing test runs on Germany’s Nurburgring Nordschleife track, and one thing is for sure…it is properly fast. Take a look, below. Between the squealing tires and bellowing quad exhausts, it’s obvious the new Camaro hasn’t lost any hint of its performance while going under the knife. And it had quite a lot to begin with. The track-tuned 2015 Camaro Z/28 can round the Nurburgring in a heady 7:37.47. The raucous ZL1 does it in 7:41.27. RELATED: Take a Closer Look at the Iconic 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
While it can’t be confirmed, the likely engine in play underneath this Camaro prototype is Chevrolet’s supercharged LT4 V8, which also finds a home within the Corvette Z06 and the new 2016 Cadillac CTS-V. In the Corvette, it conjures up 650 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. In the CTS-V, it musters just ten fewer horsepowers.
If and when an LT4 does emerge from the Camaro’s hood, its power will likely match closer to the Cadillac. At least, history suggests it will. The outgoing 2015 CTS-V and Camaro ZL1 both share versions of the supercharged Chevrolet LSA V8.
Want one? The next-gen Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is expected to debut next spring and could arrive in dealerships before the leaves begin to fall.
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