Both the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the 2017 C7 Corvette Z06 feature one large component in common: they both use the 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 engine. However, despite identical horsepower and pound-feet figures, these are very different cars.
To see which utilizes the LT4 V8 engine better, Hennessey Performance Engineering pitted both the Camaro ZL1 and C7 Z06 against one another in a non-scientific rolling race. The course mimics street conditions, as both cars exit a sweeping corner and mash the throttle at the straight.
The Corvette Z06 has a clear advantage since it weighs 359 pounds less than the Camaro ZL1. Both cars are also running different tires, Goodyear F1 Supercars are featured on the ZL1, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s are fitted to the Z06. The Corvette is also running with a seven-speed manual gearbox versus the ZL1’s six-speed unit.
The outcome is surprising after the Corvette barely squeaks by with a win. However, we’d like to see how the ZL1’s new ten-speed automatic does when dispatching gears compared to the Corvette’s eight-speed auto. Have a look at how close it was in the video right up above.