Is HSV looking to re-engineer the ZL1 Camaro?

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Words: Nile Bijoux
19 Dec 2018

A Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has been spotted on the back of a flatbed truck in Melbourne, hinting at another upcoming HSV offering.

The ZL1 is the top stallion in the Camaro line-up, with 485kW/881Nm emerging from its supercharged 6.2-litre LT4 V8. It also gets a 10-speed automatic gearbox, magnetic adaptive dampers and an electronically controlled limited-slip diff.

HSV had previously said it will investigate converting the ZL1 to RHD, as the bulk of the conversion work needed for the Camaro 2SS will carry over into the angrier model.

There are still a couple of issues, emissions being chief among them. The LT4 V8 needs its own emissions and crash testing, both of which don’t come cheap. If the ZL1 is offered, expect a hefty price tag.

In keeping with the 2SS, the ZL1 test mule looks to be a 2017 model, based off the rear styling. The differences between MY17 and MY19 are mainly cosmetic, with the newer having larger 'squircle' taillights, more infotainment, and the addition of forward collision alert.

By mid-2020, HSV will have an “attractive portfolio”, with more converted and enhanced models reportedly in the pipeline. We’ll have to wait and see if the ZL1 is one of those but it’s a promising sign that one at least has made it to Melbourne.

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