Ride Along win a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for a 0-180 Blast
The 6th generation Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is the quickest, fastest and most powerful Camaro every, with the 650 horsepower LT4 allowing it to dash through the quarter mile in the mid-to-low 11 second range along with an official top speed (in far more than a quarter mile) of 198 miles per hour. To give us a good idea of what a hard pull in the new Camaro ZL1 looks and sounds like, Hennessey Performance made a video of the action which shows the gauge cluster during the run, along with a performance timer readout – with fairly impressive results.
Camaro ZL1 0-180
The video below shows a brand new, stock 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 with the 10-speed automatic transmission making a hard run from a standstill up to 180 miles per hour. Since a 30 second video of a car accelerating in a straight line doesn’t offer all that much information, Hennessey mounted the camera just behind the steering wheel, so all we see during the run is the gauge cluster, but this is probably the most useful view for a run of this nature.
The new Camaro ZL1 starts off from a stop and even though it doesn’t seem like a particularly hard launch, the supercharged Chevy muscle car hits 60 miles per hour in just 3.6 seconds while 100 miles per hour takes just 7.6 seconds. 150 miles per hour takes only 17.5 seconds and reaching 180 (or 179.8 to be exact) takes the blown Camaro 26.2 seconds. On this run, the driver shifts out of 1st gear around 27 miles per hour and out of 2nd gear around 53, 3rd to 4th is around 81, 4th to 5th is around 102, 5th to 6th comes around 120, 6th to 7th is around 150 and the driver shifts to 7th gear right around 180, before immediately lifting off of the throttle – so the car was in 8th gear at the end, but it really only needed 7th gear to get to 180.
In the video below take note of the boost gauge on the right side of the top row of smaller gauges. Based on the graduated lines in the boost gauge and what we know of the LT4, the stock boost is around 10psi, which is the line just before the 15psi mark. However, when the Camaro launches, the boost gauge barely reaches the first line in 1st gear and it comes just short of the second line in 2nd gear. In other words, the new Camaro ZL1 is running at lower boost levels through the first two gears, presumably as part of a torque management system. Even with those low boost levels before 3rd gear, the new ZL1 can still blast to 60 in the mid-3s and 100 in the mid-7s.
In addition to giving us a great view of the gauges during the run, this camera angle provides a great sound clip of the Camaro ZL1 in action, so crank up your speakers and enjoy!