With a supercharged V8 making 650 horsepower, the 2019 ZL1 is certainly Chevrolet’s bitchin’ Camaro. Packed with the very best of every little thing Chevy throws at its Camaro line, the ZL1 is a take-no-prisoners efficiency coupe with one badass perspective.Whether you select coupe or convertible, the ZL1 would not get the homely new entrance fascia seen on different 2019 Camaro fashions, principally as a result of it wants that extensive grille for optimum cooling. The carbon fiber composite hood extractor helps air transfer by way of the engine compartment, and helps lower entrance elevate. A entrance splitter additionally helps with aerodynamics, as does a considerable rear wing.
The coronary heart of the ZL1 is its supercharged, 6.2-liter V8, with 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive makes this factor a burnout machine, and drivers have their alternative between a six-speed handbook or 10-speed computerized transmission.This Camaro is simply winging it.
You’ll by no means come near discovering the ZL1’s limits on public roads. Switch the drive mode selector from Touring to Sport, and the exhaust observe will increase with a candy V8 burble. Mash the throttle and the ZL1 rockets off the road, the 10-speed computerized ripping off shifts faster than a bat out of hell. Chevy’s official acceleration time for the ZL1 Convertible is 3.5 seconds to 60 miles per hour, and it feels each bit as fast from behind the wheel. This factor will run the quarter mile in simply 11.4 seconds at 127 mph, and can high out at 195 mph when you need.
Fast because the ZL1 is, it’s going to scrub off all that velocity simply as abruptly. The ZL1 will get commonplace six-piston Brembo entrance calipers that clamp down on 15.4-inch vented rotors, and round again, you may discover four-piston calipers and 14.4-inch discs. Together they do a nice job of bringing the ZL1 to a tough cease with out panic, with a pedal that is straightforward to modulate.In addition to the louder exhaust, Sport mode alters the Camaro’s steering and suspension tune. An extra Track mode takes issues up one other notch, and I can customise all of the driveline parameters to my very own preferences, as nicely. For my favourite twisty again roads, the engine and steering are set to Track for optimum efficiency, however I go away the Magnetic Ride Control suspension in Sport, for a greater balanced journey.
Those magnetic-ride dampers are nice. The suspension is consistently making minor changes primarily based on the street floor, and retains physique roll in test. I infrequently have to attend for the automotive to settle earlier than stomping on the gasoline popping out of a flip. Huge, 305/30-section Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires preserve the rear finish glued to the pavement, and there is sufficient communication by way of the steering wheel to let me know precisely the place my entrance tires are positioned by way of every nook.Compared with the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye I drove a number of months in the past, the Camaro ZL1 feels a lot nimbler. At a still-heavy 4,100 kilos, the Camaro ZL1 Convertible is lighter than the Redeye, and its chassis is much better balanced, too.I really like the convertible as a result of I’m all about having the wind in my hair, nevertheless it’s value noting you lose some efficiency functionality must you select the drop-top. For starters, you possibly can’t get Chevy’s Performance Data Recorder, which is useful when you routinely monitor your automotive. You cannot get the coupe’s digital limited-slip differential, both, which helps preserve handle energy on the rear axle. Finally, the Performance Traction Management characteristic, which lets you dial in your most popular leves of stability and traction management, is not obtainable on the convertible. In different phrases, when you’re shopping for a ZL1 for optimum monitor assault, the coupe is the one you need.
Still, the ZL1 is a automotive you possibly can completely drive day-after-day — so long as you are prepared to make a number of compromises. I do not know how a automotive that is so large outdoors can really feel so tiny inside. The general inside packaging is completely horrible. With the highest up, it is extremely tough to see out of the Camaro, so fortunately there’s a normal rear digicam mirror and blind-spot monitoring. There’s nowhere to place something contained in the cabin, and with 7.3 cubic toes of cargo area, the trunk is laughably small. Don’t even consider making an attempt to place typical-size adults within the again seats, both.The ZL1 doesn’t get the up to date entrance fascia discovered on different trims.
The entire inside is pure Chevrolet — in different phrases, not nice. I do just like the microfiber suede inserts on the doorways and dashboard, and the purple distinction stitching on the seats is a pleasant contact. The Recaro entrance seats are comfy and supportive, and each heated and cooled, thank goodness. There are a number of small surprises, too, like ambient lighting that is tied to the drive modes, and large, American-size cup holders. But on the entire, a lot of the Camaro’s inside supplies appear and feel low-cost. It’s not a terrific place by which to spend time.
If it is driver’s aids you are after, the ZL1 would not have many. Adaptive cruise management and lane-keeping help aren’t obtainable, although that is fairly par for this class. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors are all you get on the ZL1 Convertible; ahead collision warning is obtainable for the coupe. But hey, no less than that stuff is all commonplace.As for multimedia tech, the ZL1 will get an 8-inch infotainment display screen that is angled all the way down to keep away from glare (which appears to be like dumb and makes it more durable to make use of). Regardless, the unimaginatively named Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system is certainly one of my favorites, because of its easy-to-use interface and commonplace Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The system comes with a number of built-in apps, resembling information feeds, climate and a Marketplace app so you possibly can order meals on the go. The ZL1 additionally comes commonplace with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, in addition to a head-up show (HUD) and wi-fi charging pad.Because the ZL1 has a lot package, there aren’t too many choices you possibly can spec. The large improve possibility is the 1LE efficiency package deal, which provides wider stickier tires, a Multimatic spool-valve suspension and a few actually loopy aerodynamic add-ons. It’s a $7,500 improve that is nice when you reside at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, however not a lot when you’re utilizing your Camaro for commuting.The Camaro’s inside is extra perform than it’s type.
Let’s additionally not overlook that the Camaro is not the one pony-car sport on the town. The 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is one heck of a performer, and probably the most potent model of the ‘Stang till the GT500 hits the scene. Roadshow’s resident hot-shoe discovered the GT350 to be extremely nimble, with a well-balanced chassis and rip-snorting, flat-plane-crank V8 engine. If it is general agility you are after, the Mustang may be the higher guess.But for straight-line velocity, the ZL1 Convertible is one hell of a automotive. It’s not low-cost, at $68,000, nevertheless it’ll embarrass supercars costing twice as a lot within the quarter-mile drag strip, and can do greater burnouts and louder donuts, too.