2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Roars Into Dealerships in December: 2016 New York Auto Show

DETROIT — The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe, the most powerful factory Camaro ever, is bound for Chevrolet dealerships in December, following a debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

Formal pricing was not announced, but the 2+2 Camaro ZL1 is expected to start around $65,000. That would be similar to pricing for its chief rival, the 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

In comparison, the base 2016 Camaro, which is on sale now, is priced at $26,695, including a $995 destination charge.

The 2017 Camaro ZL1 is one of the most highly anticipated muscle cars of the year. Chevrolet did not offer the sixth-generation ZL1 as a 2016 model.

The 2017 Camaro ZL1 is equipped with a new supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that churns out an estimated 640 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. That's a 60-hp increase compared to the 2015 Camaro ZL1.

The engine is linked to a standard six-speed manual transmission or the all-new optional 10-speed automatic transmission. As an aside, GM said it will offer the new 10-speed automatic in eight unnamed vehicles by the end of 2018.

Chevrolet did not release performance numbers or fuel economy estimates on the ZL1.

There was no official word about a ZL1 convertible.

"We're not talking about the convertible right now," Chevrolet spokesman Monte Doran told Edmunds.

The 580-hp 2015 Camaro ZL1 was available in coupe and convertible models.

Details on the 2017 ZL1 coupe include Brembo brakes, unique 20-inch forged aluminum wheels and Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires.

Features include an updated Magnetic Ride suspension, Performance Track Management, an electronic limited-slip differential, Custom Launch Control and Drive Mode Selector.

Exterior cues include a new hood with a carbon-fiber insert and heat extractor designed to pull hot air from the engine compartment. A large front splitter, unique rockers, a wing-style rear spoiler and wider front fenders round out the package.

The cabin features standard Recaro front seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel and shift knob. Chevrolet's Performance Data Recorder, which records drives, is optional.

Edmunds says: The 2017 Camaro ZL1 promises to be a monster draw in showrooms.

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