2023 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Review, Pictures, Specs

Review of Camaro ZL1 , 6.2L V8 supercharged, 650 hp muscle car with impressive handling , 0-60 in 3.4 seconds. ZL1 is rated at 13 mpg city and 21 highway

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Salman Chaudhary, Founder Pinkywheels.com

6/27/20239 min read

2023 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Engine: Equipped with a 6.2L Supercharged V8 DI engine, producing 650 hp at 6400 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque at 3600 rpm. Utilizes Variable Valve Timing and Direct Injection for optimal performance and efficiency.

  • Transmission: Comes with a 6-speed manual transmission with Hill Hold feature and Active Rev Matching (on LT1, SS, and ZL1 models) for precise gear shifts and smooth downshifts.

  • Handling: Features an Electronic Limited-Slip Differential (eLSD) that adapts to driving conditions. Additional equipment may be needed for full functionality.

  • Interior: RECARO® performance front bucket seats offer secure fit and bolstering. Sueded microfiber-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel for increased legroom and agile driving.

  • Wheels: Striking 20" Dark Graphite premium paint forged aluminum wheels with Goodyear® Eagle® F1 SuperCar G:2 20" summer-only tires for exceptional grip and performance.

  • Technology: Includes Wireless Charging for compatible electronic devices using induction technology.

  • 0-60 mph: 3.4 sec

  • 0-100 mph: 7.4 sec

  • 0-150 mph: 19.2 sec

Camaro ZL1 Prices

  • Coupe:

    • Price: $69,995

  • Convertible:

    • Price: $75,695

Camaro ZL1 Specs

At its heart is a powerful 6.2L Supercharged V8 DI engine, delivering an impressive 650 hp at 6400 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque at 3600 rpm. This engine incorporates advanced technologies such as Variable Valve Timing and Direct Injection to optimize both power and fuel efficiency.

The car is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission that offers precise gear shifts. It includes the Hill Hold feature, ensuring smooth starts on inclines. For added convenience, the LT1, SS, and ZL1 models also feature Active Rev Matching, which automatically matches the engine speed with the selected gear for seamless downshifts.

To handle the power and performance, the car includes several important components. It features a rear axle with a 3.73 ratio (included with the 6-speed manual transmission), an external engine oil cooler, and a heavy-duty air-to-oil cooler. These components help the engine generate peak performance efficiently and prevent possible engine oil breakdown under heavy loads. Additionally, an extra capacity cooling system and an auxiliary engine coolant cooler help maintain optimal operating temperatures.

The car offers a Driver Mode Selector, allowing drivers to tailor up to 8 vehicle attributes using 4 selectable modes: Tour, Sport, Snow/Ice (excluding 1LE), and Track (exclusive to SS and ZL1). It also features launch control, designed to modulate engine torque for optimal acceleration off the line without inducing wheelspin.

Enhancing the car's handling capabilities is the Electronic Limited-Slip Differential (eLSD), which uses vehicle sensors and driver inputs to determine the optimum amount of engagement for driving conditions. The car is also equipped with a rear differential cooler to maintain proper operating temperatures and a transmission oil cooler to optimize transmission performance.

Other notable features include battery rundown protection, rear-wheel drive, a performance-tuned suspension with specific tuning for magnetic dampers, springs, and stabilizer bars, as well as Magnetic Ride Control (excluding ZL1 Coupe models with the ZL1 1LE Extreme Track Performance Package) for enhanced ride and handling in various road conditions.

The car is equipped with speed-sensitive Electric Power Steering (EPS) with a variable ratio for responsive and precise steering. It also features Brembo® front and rear performance antilock brakes, including Brembo 6-piston front and 4-piston rear monobloc brakes, which help reduce wheel lockup and maintain steering control during hard braking on slippery surfaces.

Additional features include a capless fuel fill system that prevents paint scratches and creates a tight seal around the fuel-pump nozzle, a dual-mode exhaust for an aggressive sound, and a black-grained rear diffuser with a rear vent.

Camaro ZL1 Interior

Camaro Zl1 interior is equipped with the advanced Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System, featuring an 8" diagonal HD color touchscreen that provides a user-friendly interface for accessing various functions. It supports Bluetooth® audio streaming for two active devices, allowing you to connect compatible phones and enjoy wireless music playback. The system also offers voice recognition capabilities, enabling hands-free control and convenient access to in-vehicle apps.

Additionally, the infotainment system supports Wireless Apple CarPlay™ and Wireless Android Auto™ for compatible phones, providing seamless integration with your smartphone's features and apps. Please note that certain features may require additional optional equipment.

For an enhanced audio experience, the car comes equipped with a Bose® premium audio system renowned for its expert sound engineering and high-quality audio reproduction. Coupe models feature 9 speakers, while Convertible models have 7 speakers. Optional equipment may be required for this feature.

Staying connected on the go is made easy with the car's Wi-Fi® hotspot capability, allowing you to connect compatible devices and enjoy internet connectivity on the road. Additionally, the car is equipped with SiriusXM Radio and comes with a 12-month Trial Subscription to SiriusXM with 360L. This advanced in-car technology provides access to a wide range of SiriusXM channels, shows, and exclusive content, offering a personalized entertainment experience. Please note that certain features and services may require GM connected vehicle services and additional optional equipment.

Bluetooth® connectivity enables you to pair your compatible mobile phone with the car's infotainment system, allowing you to make and receive hands-free phone calls. You can also stream audio content and music services through your phone or Bluetooth-enabled digital media device. Compatibility and data plan rates apply.

The car features an integral rear window antenna, with a black fin-style antenna on LS Coupe, 1LT Coupe, 2LT Coupe, and LT1 Coupe (body-color when the available RS Package is ordered). Convertibles, 3LT Coupe, SS, and ZL1 models have a body-color antenna.

Inside the car, you'll find a range of comfort and convenience features. The RECARO® performance front bucket seats are designed for performance driving, providing a secure fit and bolstering for high g-cornering. The driver's seat is 8-way power-adjustable, while the front passenger seat is 6-way power-adjustable. Both seats are heated and ventilated, offering customizable comfort levels. The rear bench seat can be folded to increase cargo-carrying versatility.

Other interior features include front carpeted floor mats for added protection, a dead pedal for the driver, alloy sport pedals, illuminated sill plates, a heated steering wheel for added comfort on cold days, and a sueded microfiber-wrapped steering wheel with a flat bottom design for increased legroom and easier entry/exit. Additional optional equipment may be required for some features.

The car is equipped with a manual tilt and telescoping steering column that allows the driver to adjust the steering wheel's position for optimal comfort. It also features a Head-Up Display that projects important vehicle information onto the windshield, keeping it within the driver's line of sight. The display is adjustable in terms of vertical position and brightness and provides digital readouts for various information, including vehicle speed, selected gear, G-Force, audio system information, and more. Additional optional equipment may be required for some features.

Other notable features include an 8" diagonal color Driver Information Center that provides driver personalization options, warning messages, and vehicle information. It also includes a compass display. The car offers wireless charging using induction technology for portable electronic devices, dual-zone automatic climate control to maintain selected temperatures for both the driver and front passenger, power windows with one-touch functionality, power door locks with programmable settings, and keyless open and start for added convenience. Cruise control is also included, featuring steering-wheel-mounted controls for easy management of cruising speed.

Safety and security features include a Rear Camera Mirror that uses a camera to provide a wide and unobstructed view behind the vehicle. It can be switched between the camera view and a traditional rear-view mirror. The car also has driver and front passenger visors with illuminated mirrors, a power trunk release, a theft-deterrent unauthorized entry system that sounds the horn and flashes the turn signals when unauthorized access is detected, a rear window defogger to keep the rear view clear, a lockable glovebox, cupholders, and interior lighting including front reading lights and spectrum lighting with 24 color options for an ambient nighttime glow.

The car features a sueded microfiber-wrapped shift knob, aluminum interior trim accents on the door trim and shifter cap, and is capable of Chevrolet Connected Access.

Camaro ZL1 Exterior

20" Dark Graphite premium paint, forged aluminum wheels that are sure to turn heads. These wheels are paired with Goodyear® Eagle® F1 SuperCar G:2 20" summer-only tires for optimal performance. The front wheels measure 20" x 10", while the rear wheels are 20" x 11". These wheels are equipped with Goodyear® Eagle® F1 SuperCar G:2 285/30R20 front and 305/30R20 rear, summer-only tires for excellent traction and handling.

To handle roadside tire emergencies, the car includes a tire inflator kit. This kit consists of sealant and a compressor, allowing you to temporarily seal most small punctures in the tread. Please note that additional optional equipment may be required for this feature.

Adding a touch of sportiness, the car features a ZL1 rear spoiler that enhances aerodynamics and adds a stylish flair. The front and rear Black bowtie emblems replace the traditional Gold bowtie emblems, giving the car a more distinctive look. Optional equipment may be required for these features.

To further enhance its appearance, the car comes with dark tint tail lamps that exude a sleek and modern vibe. Optional equipment may be required for this feature.

The exterior also includes body-color heated, driver-side auto-dimming power outside mirrors. The heated feature helps clear away ice and fog, ensuring optimal visibility. The auto-dimming feature automatically adjusts the outside mirror when it senses bright light from behind, reducing glare and improving safety.

For added convenience, the car is equipped with front intermittent wipers with variable-speed settings. These wipers provide optimal visibility during rain or snow, ensuring a clear view of the road ahead.

These exterior features combine to create a stylish, sporty, and functional design that sets the car apart from the crowd.

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2023 Camaro ZL1 Dimensions

Wheelbase: 110.7 in
Length: 188.3 in
Width: 74.7 in
Height: 52.0 in
Passenger volume: 83 cu ft
Trunk volume: 9 cu ft
Curb weight: 3886 lb

Camaro ZL1 Safety

Chevy Camaro ZL1 is equipped with an electronic parking brake that replaces the traditional manual foot actuated parking brake. With a simple touch of a switch, the parking brake can be activated, even when the ignition is turned off. Additionally, the brake is automatically set if the system detects that the vehicle is parked on a steep incline, providing added safety and convenience.

Safety is a top priority with features like StabiliTrak, an electronic stability control system with traction control. This system automatically adjusts the brakes and engine torque to enhance control, especially during emergency maneuvers, helping you stay on your intended path. It also includes Traction Control, which detects wheel slippage and applies brake pressure and/or reduces engine power to help you maintain control when accelerating on wet or snow-covered roads.

The car is equipped with a comprehensive airbag system for enhanced protection. It includes frontal airbags for the driver and front passenger, knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the driver and front passenger, and head-curtain airbags for the front and rear outboard seating positions. The system also features the Passenger Sensing System, which automatically switches the front passenger seat airbags on or off based on occupancy.

For added convenience and safety, the car is OnStar® & Chevrolet Connected Services capable. Terms and limitations apply, and these services provide features like emergency assistance, vehicle diagnostics, and remote access.

Parking becomes easier with the Rear Park Assist, which provides distance alerts to nearby objects behind the vehicle when reversing at low speeds. Please note that certain models produced before July 24, 2022, may not be equipped with Rear Park Assist.

The Rear Vision Camera displays an image of the area directly behind the vehicle when reversing at low speeds. Selectable dynamic guidelines overlaid on the display assist in parking maneuvers, helping you avoid nearby objects. The camera features an HD display on models equipped with the Chevrolet Infotainment System.

To enhance awareness and collision avoidance, the car includes Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which warns you of detected cross traffic when reversing. The Forward Collision Alert system warns you of potential front-end collisions with vehicles you're following and provides a tailgating alert if you're following too closely. Please note that this feature is deleted when the performance data and video recorder is ordered.

Enhancing safety during lane changes, the car features Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert. This system provides visual alerts in the side mirrors when a moving vehicle is quickly approaching or is in your side blind zone, helping you avoid lane change collisions.

The car is equipped with 3-point seat belts for all positions, including front seat driver and passenger seat belt pretensioners, ensuring secure restraint. The LATCH System makes it easy to install and secure compatible child restraint seats, providing added safety for younger passengers.

Incorporating advanced technology for driver monitoring and coaching, the car features Teen Driver. This configurable feature allows you to activate customizable vehicle settings associated with a key fob, promoting better driving behavior. It can limit certain vehicle features and automatically activate safety systems if the vehicle is equipped.

Monitoring tire pressure is crucial for safety, and the car includes a Tire Pressure Monitoring System that alerts you if there is a low-pressure condition in one or more tires. The Tire Fill Alert provides visual and audible alerts outside the vehicle when inflating an underinflated tire to the recommended tire pressure.

Finally, the car offers 3 Years of Remote Access, allowing you to control various vehicle functions from your smartphone. You can start or stop the vehicle, lock and unlock doors, and even check fuel level and tire pressure, depending on the vehicle's equipment.

2023 Camaro ZL1 in white
2023 Camaro ZL1 in white
2023 Camaro ZL1 Interior
2023 Camaro ZL1 Interior