Ca­maro ZL1 hits 320kmph with ten-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion

Muscat Daily - - AUTO NEWS -

With a top speed of 318kmph, the Ca­maro ZL1 Coupe is the fastest Ca­maro ever. Chevro­let re­cently put the ZL1’s per­for­mance ca­pa­bil­i­ties to the test on the High Speed Oval at Ger­many’s Au­to­mo­tive Test­ing Papen­burg GmBH prov­ing ground. Boast­ing of 650hp, 6.2l V8 su­per­charged LT4 en­gine, with ten­speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, the ZL1 Coupe was able to achieve a 0-100 in a time of just 3.5 sec­onds.

Al Op­pen­heiser, Ca­maro chief en­gi­neer, said, “This test caps an im­pres­sive list of per­for­mance stats for the Ca­maro ZL1, which was de­signed to ex­cel at ev­ery- thing. It’s the most ca­pa­ble and fastest Ca­maro ever.”

En­gine per­for­mance aside, the ZL1’s aero­dy­namic de­sign in­cor­po­rates a bal­anced aero­dy­namic pack­age that re­duces lift with­out sig­nif­i­cantly af­fect­ing drag. Spe­cial aero features in­clude a stan­chion rear spoiler that of­fers an ad­van­ta­geous lift/drag ra­tio com­pared to a blade-style rear spoiler, and a patent-pend­ing aux­il­iary trans­mis­sion oil cooler cover that re­duces front-end lift with no drag penalty. The front-to-rear aero bal­ance was also fine-tuned for high-speed sta­bil­ity.

Op­pen­heiser said, “The ZL1 was de­vel­oped with high-speed per­for­mance in mind. Af­ter test­ing the car in stan­dard set­tings, which pro­duced the 198mph (318kmph) av­er­age, we set the front and rear cam­ber ad­just­ments to 0 de­grees and the tyre pres­sures to the max­i­mum al­low­able side­wall pres­sure, and saw the ZL1 av­er­age over 200mph (321kmph).”

Chevro­let tested the ZL1 us­ing the car’s pro­duc­tion Goodyear Eagle F1 Su­per­car 3 tyres with pres­sure set at 44psi, the rec­om­mended set­ting for ex­tended high-speed driv­ing. To en­sure that the test re­sults were a true re­flec­tion of the ZL1’s on-the- road per­for­mance, no per­for­mance en­hanc­ing mod­i­fi­ca­tions were made prior to test­ing. The car’s only de­vi­a­tions from stock were manda­tory safety equip­ment and data log­ging equip­ment.

Ad­di­tional per­for­mance ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the ZL1 Coupe tested with the avail­able ten-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion in­clude 1.02g max corner­ing, 1000kmph brak­ing in just 35m and cov­er­ing a quar­ter mile in 11.4 sec­onds at 204kmph.

The Ca­maro ZL1 comes with a stan­dard six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion with Ac­tive Rev Match or the all-new ten-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. Ad­di­tional features in­clude Mag­netic Ride Con­trol, Elec­tronic lim­it­ed­slip dif­fer­en­tial (coupe only) and Brembo brakes with six-pis­ton monobloc front calipers and two­piece ro­tors. The Ca­maro ZL1 was re­cently made avail­able across Chevro­let show­rooms in the Mid­dle East in May and was well re­ceived by Ca­maro fans and auto en­thu­si­asts alike.

Ahmed Soudodi, brand lead Chevro­let Mid­dle East, said, “The Ca­maro needs no in­tro­duc­tion. It is an iconic ve­hi­cle that has, for 50 years now, been a favourite amongst car en­thu­si­asts in the Mid­dle East. The ZL1’s honed de- sign and pur­pose built en­gi­neer­ing has made it the most pow­er­ful pro­duc­tion it­er­a­tion of the Ca­maro to date, with an extraordinary per­for­mance that has made it an in­stant suc­cess since its in­tro­duc­tion to show­rooms in May.”

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevro­let is now one of the world's largest au­to­mo­tive brands, do­ing busi­ness in more than 115 coun­tries and sell­ing more than 4mn cars and pick­ups a year. Chevro­let pro­vides cus­tomers with fuel-ef­fi­cient ve­hi­cles that fea­ture an en­gag­ing per­for­mance, a de­sign that makes the heart beat, pas­sive and ac­tive safety features and easy-to-use tech­nol­ogy, all at a value. The Chevro­let port­fo­lio in Oman features pas­sen­ger cars such as the Spark, Aveo, Cruze, Mal­ibu, Im­pala, Ca­maro and Corvette; crossovers such as Trax, Trail­blazer, Tra­verse; SUVs and pick­ups in­clud­ing Ta­hoe, Subur­ban and Sil­ver­ado and Ex­press Van.

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