The 2017 Yenko Supercharged Camaro SS Is A Beast

As if the Camaro couldn’t be any more of a muscle car than it already is, Specialty Vehicle Engineering (SVE) just proved that if there is a will there is a way. This week SVE unveiled their 2017 Yenko Supercharged Camaro SS, boasting an 800-horsepower engine build with 750 lb-ft of torque. With only 50 models hitting the market, these cars will go fast. Like, really fast.

Earlier this month SVE released the Yenko 2017 Chevy Corvette. The SS received a similar package with the iconic Yenko graphics and a major engine upgrade. 

As reported by Motor Trend, “Under the carbon fiber hood, the custom built engine gets a forged steel crankshaft and H-beam rods, aluminum pistons, CNC ported and polished LT-1 cylinder heads, LT-4 fuel system and injectors, and a custom supercharger.

As far as the Yenko graphics go the SS sports three Yenko crest body badges, as well as a badge on the engine cover, hood cowl, decklid, and brake calipers. The hood stripe and side graphics are available in Gloss Black, Flat Black, White, Hugger Orange, Silver, Red, and Yellow. There are other paint and stripe options available too. 20-inch wheels, SVE headrests, and custom floor mats are also included with the package. 

The muscle car of all muscle cars starts with an upgrade price of $40,000. Tack that on to the base price of the 6th-generation Camaro SS and you’re looking at around $80k for the Yenko model. But hey, that’s the price we pay for performance and exclusivity. 

Source: Motor Trend

2017 Camaro ZL1 Smokes Previous ZL1’s Nurburgring Lap

As the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 took it’s annual laps around Nurburgring, Germany’s famous racetrack, it smoked the previous generation’s ZL1 by a full 11 seconds. Coming in with a time of 7 minutes, 29.6 seconds, the new ZL1 is FAST. It shares Chevy’s LT 4 V8 with the Corvette Z06, producing 650 HP and somewhere around the same amount of twist. It also comes loaded with a ten-speed, paddle-shifted automatic transmission. Chevy estimates that the 2017 ZL1 hits 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.

Included in the list of cars that the ZL1 managed to beat this year are the old Koenigsegg CCX, Porsche GT3 (991) and the Ferrari 458 Italia. The Nissan GT-R, the Huracan, and the McLaren MP4-12C all came in with slightly faster times.

Is the 2017 Chevy Camaro SS 1LE Faster Than A Z/28?

Motor Trend rendered the 2016 Camaro the Car of the Year and it’s clearly one of–if not THE–best performance cars on the market. So, Motor Trend graciously invited the 2017 Camaro 1LE to this year’s Best Driver’s Car Competition. And although the sports car matches and ties the Shelby Mustang GT350 R and the BMW M4 GTS, the shocking part is that it flat out BEATS a fifth-gen Camaro Z/28!

The previous Z/28 was anything but a grocery getter. Better suited for the tracks than your daily route to work, the fifth-generation Z/28 came equipped with one speaker, no air conditioning, and a huge 7.0-liter LS7 under the hood. The new 1LE is more of a performance package added on to a standard Camaro 1SS trim.

When placed on the track, the fifth-gen Z/28 managed to make it around Laguna Seca raceway in 1:37.82, while the 2017 1LE clocked in at 1:37.78. The base price of the new 1LE starts at $34,495.

2017 Camaro ZL1 To Hit 0-60 mph in First Gear

Equipped with a 650-horsepower V8 under the hood, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the new Camaro ZL1 to arrive. However, we didn’t realize just how fast it would be able to get here. CarScoops reported this week that the all-new manual transmission ZL1 will have the ability to hit 60 mph in first gear, giving it a startlingly quick acceleration time.

Camaro’s head engineer, Al Oppenheiser, revealed the news at Factory Fest this past weekend where the general public was able to witness a presentation of the 2017 ZL1.

For those out there begging the question “why?”, Motor Authority quips, “Because shifting is for suckers.” The fifth-gen ZL1 could only hit a mere 52 mph in first gear, giving the new ZL1 eight more mph in first gear.

Oppenheiser added that the new ZL1 will be 230 pounds lighter than its predecessor. The lighter weight added to the no-upshift capability should give the 2017 manual transmission model the ability to hit 60 mph in under 4 seconds.

The 2017 Camaro ZL1 starts at $62,135 and should be hitting showrooms anytime now.

The Very First Camaro Returns Home to Detroit

The very first Chevy Camaro prototype has returned home to Detroit for the Woodward Dream Cruise. It’s sitting on the side of Woodward Avenue for the next few days where you can get a look for yourself of Camaro #100001.

“This car launched one of the most important rivalries in automotive history: Camaro versus Mustang. Where better than the Woodward Dream Cruise to bring it home and share it with people?” said Mark Gessler, president of the Historic Vehicle Association. “It’s one of the most collectible cars of all time.”

The first Camaro ever built was secretly made by hand in a WWII-era warehouse in Norwood, Ohio in 1966. Its history has been lost for decades but was recently rediscovered by The Detroit Free Press.

The original Camaro started off at a dealership in Oklahoma. The initial goal was to lure customers into the showroom with the fancy new prototype. Fast-forward a few years down the road and the dealer sold the car to a friend who owned it for a bit and sold it. It was then passed through the hands of a few different owners over the years. The Camaro was stripped of its carpet, seats, and many other original parts to save weight for drag racing purposes.

In 2010, the car ended up on an online messaging board, for sale by an owner who needed the cash. 13-year-old Logan Lawson from Hutchison, Kansas saw the Camaro, noting its unique VIN number. He and his dad, Corey, purchased the original prototype after noticing the car’s panels and welds, amongst many other parts, had been made by hand. They also noticed that the vehicle’s sheetmetal didn’t have holes for nameplates.

Logan and Corey in front of their Camaro display.

Logan did extensive research on the car, discovering that it was in fact the original Camaro. With a desire to bring the Camaro back to its original shape, Logan tracked down a warehouse filled with the car’s original parts. Logan and Corey bought everything in the warehouse, picked out the original handmade parts, and reinstalled them, bringing the first Camaro back to life.

Logan went on to create www.pilotcarregistry.com where he provides information on all 52 early Camaro prototype vehicles. GM Product Development Chief, Mark Reuss, heard about Logan and wrote him a letter of recommendation for Cal Poly where he now studies software engineering.

To get a firsthand look at the first Camaro ever made, swing by the intersection of Woodward and Maple in Birmingham, Michigan now through Saturday. This Saturday marks the day of the Woodward Dream Cruise, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Camaro, where the original prototype will be featured.

For more information on the history and restoration of Camaro #100001, check out Logan’s video below.

2017 Camaro ZL1: 650 Horsepower!

The 2017 Camaro ZL1 was originally reported to boast a 640 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque when it was unveiled during the New York International Auto Show last April. However, a leaked order guide lists the ZL1 engine’s output at 650 hp and 650 lb-ft, which has yet to be officially confirmed by Chevy.

These specs mirror those of the engine used in the Corvette Z06, Chevy’s top performance model and their most powerful car to date. A 100-page order guide was posted and leaked on a fan forum. The ZL1 will have both a manual 6-speed option as well as a 10-speed automatic option. For more on the 2017 ZL1, check out our post from a few weeks back.

The All-New 2017 Camaro ZL1 Is A Powerhouse

The 2017 Camaro ZL1 has been reinvented with a V8 engine that packs a serious punch. With the ability to unleash a 640 supercharged horsepower, the engine has received an extra 60 bhp thanks to the 6.2-liter LT4 engine from the Corvette Z06. This will be the most powerful Camaro yet.

“The iconic ZL1 has been reinvented for the sixth-generation Camaro and is purpose-built to challenge the most advanced sports coupes in the world,” according to Chevrolet. “A refined, driver-focused cockpit helps you get every last bit of performance.”

The ZL1 is available in a 10-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed self-stirrer with active rev matching and a sixth gear overdrive. The automatic transmission boasts an overall ratio of 7.39:1.

That’s what we’re looking at under the hood, but what about the rest of the new ZL1? Forged aluminum wheels will come in a 20-inch size with Goodyear Eagle F1 tires at 285/30s in the front and 205/30s in the back. The fully automatic convertible soft top can be lowered by the press of a button while driving up to 30 mph.

Your phone will be riding shotgun with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, allowing you to make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music from your touch-screen display or by voice. You will also be able to stay connected with an available 4G LTE Wi-FI connection through OnStar. And with the Chevrolet Performance Data Recorder, you can log video of your driving sessions, along with real-time performance data, onto an SD memory card. This will give you the ability to analyze your technique and improve your driving abilities.

Standard RECARO performance seats with suede inserts provide you with a luxurious cockpit while you cruise with one hand on the suede-wrapped steering wheel and the other on the suede shifter.

Your phone will be riding shotgun with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, allowing you to make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music from your touch-screen display or by voice. You will also be able to stay connected with an available 4G LTE Wi-FI connection through OnStar. And with the Chevrolet Performance Data Recorder, you can log video of your driving sessions, along with real-time performance data, onto an SD memory card. This will give you the ability to analyze your technique and improve your driving abilities.

According to Chevrolet, “Virtually every design decision was made with performance and aerodynamics in mind.” The 2017 ZL1 is expected to arrive later in the year with a starting sticker price around $60,000.

Chevrolet Camaro Introduces 50th Anniversary Special Edition!

In 1966, Chevrolet brought forth its answer to the highly succesful Ford Mustang. That car was the Chevrolet Camaro.

In order to celebrate the 50th anniversary the Camaro, Chevrolet has created a commemorative edition as shown below. There are a few unique features that make the 2017 Camaro 50th Anniversary edition a very special automibile.

Nightfall Gray surrounds the sheetmetal with specific 50th anniversary orange striping and orange-accented brake calipers. Anniversary badging signifies the special Camaro, along with satin chrome accents and a unique grille.

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Inside, black leather interior is accented with orange-suede inserts and orange accented stitching. A few additional special touches include distinct 50th Anniversary treatments on instrument panel, seatbacks, steering wheel and illuminated sill plates.

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Still no word on pricing or delivery dates from GM.