There is a small but important detail in the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 order guide: the new 10-speed automatic transmission will not be ready in time for the launch of the 2017 ZL1. Rather, the self-shifting 10-speed will arrive for the 2017 interim model year (2017i), leaving the six-speed manual as the only transmission for the supercar’s launch.
Codeveloped with the Ford Motor Company for rear-wheel-drive vehicle applications, the gearbox is the first 10-speed automatic transmission for a volume production car. It was engineered to transfer power and torque with quick shifts while maintaining more engine power after each shift.
For its part, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 rides on GM’s acclaimed Alpha platform and features the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 LT4 Small Block engine under the hood making 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. All other systems and components, including brakes, suspension, interior, and exterior, are upgraded for the ultimate performance driving experience, resulting in what is expected to be the fastest production Camaro ZL1 ever.