If this car looks familiar, that’s because we’ve seen it multiple times testing, but it was identified incorrectly as the sixth-generation Camaro Z/28. Nope, Chevy pulled a fast one.
The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE was revealed at Daytona International Speedway a day before the Daytona 500. Fitting scenery indeed. Visually, a giant rear wing is present at the rear, while large dive planes, a bigger front splitter and grille opening help feed more air into the engine. It looks properly menacing.
As for technical specs, the story isn’t about power. Hell, it’s not about the transmission, either. The Camaro ZL1 1LE uses the same 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 engine found in the “regular” ZL1. And it’s paired exclusively to a six-speed manual, not the new ten-speed automatic.
The story is in the suspension. Why? Because Camaro engineers have ditched the Magnetic Ride shocks and replaced the system with dynamic spool-valve dampers (DSSV). If these sound familiar, that’s because they are straight from the fifth-generation Camaro Z/28, which made excellent use of them on the track. Minor suspension tweaks also help stiffen the ride to a greater extent.
The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE also features the largest tires ever fitted to a factory Camaro, clocking in at 305s at the front and 325s at the rear. These Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires should have no problems putting power down and will pull 1.10 g of lateral grip. And when the power needs to come to a halt, six-piston Brembo brakes are present up front and four pistons are at the rear.
How much quicker is it? Chevrolet says it laid down a time three seconds faster than the already bonkers Camaro ZL1 at the GM proving grounds.
Your move, Ford.