Going faster in NY
Chevrolet and Toyota up the stakes with the 86 and ZL1 in the Big Apple
THE two most intriguing sportscars at the New York Auto Show are not the most expensive or powerful, but likely to be the most popular as both are aimed at the average buyer’s pocket.
Storming from the Chevrolet corner is the supercharged ZL1 Camaro — a car that Chev said is designed to be the perfect allrounder for fans of powerful pony cars, but which is aimed squarely at the Ford Mustang.
The ZL1 does the aiming with a supercharged 6,2- litre V8 motor making 47 kW and 868 Nm.
The five- litre Mustang GT makes 306 kW and 530 Nm.
The Camrao ZL1 rides on 20inch aluminum rims clad with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires, with a 285 cm footrpint in front and 305 cm at the rear. Power goes to the rear with Chevrolet’s new 10- speed auto.
Stopping gets done by 390 mm Brembo disks, pinched shut by six- piston monobloc calipers.
For those who corner
For racers who don’t just want to dice in straight lines, but can also like to corner, Toyota will show its facelifted 86 at the New York Auto Show, with deliveries to begin in late 2016.
The most significant tweak to the GT 86 formula comes under the hood, where the car’s boxer engine is producing 153 kW and 214 Nm ( 158 lb- ft) of torque. That’s only a mild, 4 kW ( 5 hp) and 9 Nm ( 6,6 lb- ft) boost, but should give the car a bit more zip from low revs and, hopefully, improve the 86’ s slightly flat mid- range.
Another important change in the States, where the SubaruToyota lovechild has been sold as the Scion FR- S since in 2012, is Toyota’s decision to discontinue the Scion brand to sell the two- seater the 86.
Subaru has not yet announced an updated BRZ, which shares the 86 chassis and engine.
Chev’s Mustang fighter pushed the tradition of pony cars all they way into the super car league.