Go­ing faster in NY

Chevro­let and Toy­ota up the stakes with the 86 and ZL1 in the Big Ap­ple

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - AL­WYN VILJOEN

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.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Chev’s Mus­tang fighter pushed the tra­di­tion of pony cars all they way into the su­per car league.

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