Reviews Camaro ZL1 1LE: GM's Greatest Track Car, Ever

02:25  11 november  2017
02:25  11 november  2017 Source:   roadandtrack.com

Reader’s Ride: After Looking 34 Years He Finds 1974 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 of His Dreams

  Reader’s Ride: After Looking 34 Years He Finds 1974 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 of His Dreams I have been into muscle cars since I was 14 and have owned (and still own) many: a 1969 Chevelle, 1972 El Camino, 1970 Nova, 1975 and 1977 Trans Ams, 1970 Buick Wildcat, 1971 Camaro, pro touring 1970 Chevelle, and this one, a 1974 Z28. Research Research New Used New & Used Make (e.g. Mazda) Model (e.g. MX-5 Miata) I had been looking for one since I was 14 and saw one in a neighbor's garage with the big Z28 callout on the hood. I'm 49 now, and last year I finally found one. It came from a collection in Maine. This was the last car he had left, and he still had not decided for sure to sell it, but we worked out a deal.

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If you were shopping for a warp-speed Camaro three years ago, you had two solid but very different choices. You could buy the ZL1, which weighed well over two tons but had a 580-horsepower supercharged LSA V8 with which to file a preliminary injunction against the laws of physics. Or you could choose the Z/28, which cut weight, added trick spool-valve shocks, and relied on the legendary 427-cubic-inch LS7 small-block for 505 naturally-aspirated ponies. Most people arrived at the Chevrolet showroom knowing very well which of the two cars they wanted, because the ZL1 had the raw power of a sledgehammer and the Z/28 had the responsiveness of an SK micro-ratchet wrench.

1969 Camaro being built for performance!

  1969 Camaro being built for performance! Classic Chevys are more loved for their classic lines than for their dated suspensions or even their cool sounding, but by today’s standards, power-lacking drivetrains. It all started with a stalled project Tim found local to him in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The 1969 Camaro had been undergoing a complete restoration when the project ground to a halt. Since it was missing a drivetrain, something he would have discarded anyways, it was perfect for what he had in mind. Before work stopped on the Camaro it had been body worked straight and shot in Aztec Gold period-correct paint. Tim dug the retro color, feeling it would add to the Camaro's sleeper status.

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Had the chance to drive a non- 1 LE ZL 1 with the 10sp through a stroke of luck. Probably the best car I’ve ever driven, though I haven’t driven many haha. Their racing programs have put together some real winners, if you choose to count them. It’ s just classic GM though, when you do something great


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Three years later, some of those customers are likely trading in or returning their leases to the dealership, and they’re in luck, because both ZL1 and Z/28 drivers will find the Camaro of their dreams waiting for them right there on the floor between the Silverado CCSB (crew cab short bed) and the Malibu LLAMA (looks like a miniature A7). With the ZL1 1LE, Chevrolet has finally put the peanut butter in the chocolate - or is it the chocolate in the peanut butter?

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The bowtie brand has been a regular participant in the previous four editions of our Performance Car Of the Year testing. It won the opener with the Corvette Z51, thrilled us with the Z/28 for 2015, divided our opinions sharply in 2016 with the Corvette Z06, and made it to the podium last year with the astoundingly competent Corvette Grand Sport. All this is to say the ZL1 1LE arrived in Kentucky for PCOTY 2018 starting at a very high bar.

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With ride and handling engineer Bill Wise at the wheel, the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL 1 1 LE ate the 12.9-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife for breakfast, devouring the Teutonic track in an absurd 7 For what it’ s worth, it might even be the fastest piece of metal GM has ever made for public consumption.

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Which it clears easily. The ZL1 1LE combines the freight-train power of the old ZL1 with the track-focused running gear of the Z/28. The 300-pound-lighter Alpha platform displays its racetrack pedigree unashamedly whether it’s underpinning a rental-rat V6 Camaro or an F-117-folded-sheetmetal ATS-V. Add in the gloss-black wings-and-splitter aero package that made our white test example look like an anime Stormtrooper, and the result is a car that attacks NCM Motorsports Park with enough ferocious ability to make you think that the “C” in “NCM” stands for “Camaro,” not “Corvette”.

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Truth is, the 650-horsepower, 6.2-liter pushrod V8 finds a much happier home here than it does in the Corvette Z06. The Camaro may have to cut a much larger hole in the wind, even with the so-called “flowtie” hollow Chevy emblem in the gaping grille, but the same bluff front that costs the ZL1 several MPH down the main straight of our test track also makes cooling the engine a much simpler matter.

Hennessey will turn your Camaro ZL1 convertible into an Exorcist, too

  Hennessey will turn your Camaro ZL1 convertible into an Exorcist, too When you want Demon performance with a droptop.The video above shows one of the droptop Exorcists on the dyno. The car still sounds excellent, and you can really hear the bigger supercharger shriek. And of course, since the top can be lowered, it should be much easier to hear that sweet mix of V8 roar and supercharger whine. The downside to the Hennessey Exorcist is that it isn't cheap. We tallied up the cost of a base ZL1 coupe with the $55,000 Exorcist package, and found that it would cost over $118,000, which is about $34,000 more than a Dodge Demon. Choosing a convertible ZL1 would bring the total cost up to just under $125,000.

What GM Performance division engineers have done with this Chevrolet Camaro ZL 1 1 LE is move, however, and your concentration shifts to attacking corners at ever - greater speeds, the 1 LE is This latest go-fast Camaro genuinely honours the original 1 LE in that it’ s an authentic track -ready road car .

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Our two days at NCM featured some remarkably high temperatures for September, but the supercharged 1LE didn't exhibit any of the heat issues for which the Z06 has become a bit notorious. It didn’t even appear to suffer much supercharger heat soak.

The rest of the car, too, was remarkably immune to heat. The massive Goodyear Supercar 3R tires (305/30R-19 in front and 325/30R-19 in back) held up to repeated lapping sessions without much feathering or unusual wear, and the brake pedal stayed hard despite having to haul the Camaro down from 125-plus about once every 45 seconds.

On the racetrack, the benefits of the aero package are obvious. This is a car that uses its very wide front tires to the maximum possible advantage, steering in with the slop-free confidence we remember from the Z/28. Credit a lack of rubber in the subframes and strut mounts, and credit the aero for making fast corners remarkably drama-free. When the ZL1 slides, it gives you plenty of warning before giving up grip first in the nose, then the tail, in a smooth, progressive manner.

No supercharged ponycar has even been this trouble-free on corner exit. Set the driving mode to “Race” and enjoy smooth, consistent traction-controlled power the instant you roll on the throttle at midcorner. Yes, you can overpower the system and make it hoon around, but that would be stupid and this is not a car for stupid people. This is a precision tool for drivers with the experience to handle substantial amounts of power and grip wisely.

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Car New | The Camaro ZL 1 1 LE Is the Greatest Track Car GM Has Ever Made If you were shopping for a warp-speed Camaro three years ago, you had two solid but

General Motors Co. “The new Camaro ZL 1 1 LE offers the supreme track experience,” said Mark Dickens, executive director, Chevrolet Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports Engineering.

Through NCM’s famous “Deception” turn-and-curb combination, the Camaro simply swallows the entry curb, letting the chassis four-wheel drift out to catch the exit chiclets at precisely the right point. It’s a tangible lesson in the advantages provided by high-quality suspension, and it differentiates the ZL1 1LE from less serious track cars such as, oh, I don’t know, pretty much all the current BMW M-things out there.

Driving this big-hearted Chevy reminds me of my best days behind the wheel of race-prepped ponycars like the ones that run in NASA’s American Iron series. Like this ZL1, those cars use sophisticated brake and damping upgrades to turn sleepy street Camaros into track-focused terrors. Also like the ZL1, there’s still plenty of evidence left that they started out as mass-market two-door sedans with severe cost and materials compromises.

That’s why you’ll find some pretty cheap trip and materials inside this $70,000 car. And it’s why all of the annoyances of airport-rental Camaros, from the miniature windows to the weird reverse-angle infotainment screen to the Miata-grade trunk space, are still present and accounted for. If it bothers you, feel free to spend your 70 grand on a Porsche or a Bimmer or an Audi. Just don’t expect to ever come close to the ZL1 around a racetrack - and don’t expect to experience the kind of childlike joy you’d get from stirring the stout gearbox and booting the 650-horse V8 down NCM’s back straight. This is a Camaro to earn the respect of the most snobbish Euro-centric track rat. Was it good enough to beat out a McLaren, a Lamborghini, and seven other brilliant automobiles for the PCOTY crown? Stay tuned to find out.

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