When looking back at the accomplishments and product offerings of the fifth-generation Camaro family, it doesn’t take much to understand that Chevrolet isn’t going to have just the sixth-generation 2016 Camaro SS as its top-performing model. Case in point are the recently published spy photos of an upcoming high-performance model. It’s more than likely a next-generation 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
From the photos, we can clearly see a gaping hood extractor, a substantial wickerbill spoiler, larger rocker panels, and an aggressive front splitter. The wheels are similar to the outgoing fifth-generation Camaro ZL1. The stance appears wider than lesser models, as well.
Keen spotters will note the two development mules spotted actually feature slightly different bodywork, which could suggest an optional downforce aerodynamics kit, rather than the whole kitchen sink being standard. We’re seeing similar things with both the Corvette Stingray and Z06, 2016 Cadillac ATS-V and 2016 Cadillac CTS-V.
Speaking of the CTS-V, it’s likely that the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will also feature the 6.2L supercharged LT4 V8 engine, which builds on the supercharged 580 hp LSA engine from the last-gen model. In the case of the Cadillac, the engine produces 640 horsepower. Meanwhile, the LT4 in the Z06 pumps 650 kicking horses. It would be logical to assume that the new Camaro ZL1 would then produce between 640 and 650 horsepower with this new powertrain, which is a substantial jump from before. And if it drives anything like the third-generation CTS-V, we’re going to have one hell of a performer on our hands.
For more on the 2016 Camaro check out this POV lap behind the wheel of a test mule at Belle Isle.