Video: “Motorweek” Reviews the New Camaro ZL1

It’s almost like we’re reliving the 60’s: Peace, Love & Muscle Cars, baby! See for yourself in this video from YouTube. Motorweek got a chance to test out the new Camaro ZL1 at Virginia International Raceway and started to re-live the 1969 “pony car wars” all over again. The new ZL1 doesn’t have a giant big block Chevy under the hood, but Motorweek tells us this 580HP 556TQ beast is at home on any track.

It starts as an SS and gets stiffer suspension bushings, a redesigned stabilizer bar and a new version of GM’s magnetic ride control. John Davis of Motorweek seemed to be surprised by how well the ZL1 handled given its weight and gushed over the high performance Brembo brakes. Davis says they didn’t even get near testing their limits no matter how hard they were on them.
This car may be made to cause mayhem at the track, but it’s also very comfortable. Unlike the ’69 ZL1, the modern day ZL1 has a far from harsh street ride with comfy interior and very well-mannered side to this 580HP monster. Suede leather trim, seats and for an additional chunk of change, you can have your steering wheel and shifter wrapped in suede. It comes standard with all the modern day bells and whistles: Bluetooth, back up camera and heads up display.

So, did Motorweek like what the modern-day muscle ZL1 has to offer? They sat that the new ZL1 “delivers world class performance without the exotic price tag.” Sounds good to us!

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Stephanie McDonough

Stephanie is an engine builder that has GM blood that runs generations deep and an LS obsession that is literally skin deep. Also known as LSwut, Stephanie discovered a knack for writing when she realized she could write about the cars and engines she loves and hasn't looked back. Much of her free time is spent working on her '98 Trans Am WS6.
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