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The Z-series nameplate has always been reserved for the most powerful and outrageous Camaro. Hailed as a common man’s supercar, the ZL1 nameplate was introduced in 1969. Every generation added more power, equipment, and design elements, which made the Camaro ZL1 heavier over the years. Precisely why, Chevrolet decided to pull the plug on this muscle car in 2006, until it resumed again after three years in 2009.
Now in 2020, the Camaro ZL1 is powered by a fire-breathing 6.2-liter V8 motor combined with a supercharger. It produces 650 horsepower and 650 lb.ft. of torque and can reach 60 mph in a staggering 3.5 seconds. The 2020 ZL1 is also one of the very few vehicles to still offer a 6-speed manual transmission as standard and gives the 10-speed automatic as an option.
What’s new in the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1?
The new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will feature a new paint option, namely the Rally Green. The front bumper has also been revised by Chevrolet, and the suspension is stiffer compared to last year. The ZL1 1LE Extreme Track Performance Package, the only package available adds more oomph to an already exiting ride.
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Trims and Features
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 comes in just one trim with the addition of the ZL1 1LE Track Performance Package. The standard features on offer are as follows:
- Price: $62,995 (With manual transmission)
- Price: $64,590 (Automatic Transmission)
- Brembo front and rear performance antilock brake
- Driver Selector Mode
- Dual-mode exhaust
- Launch control
- Interior spectrum lighting
- SiriusXM with 360L trial subscription
- 6-way power front passenger seat
- Aluminum interior trim
The 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 comes in two body styles, the coupe, and the convertible. While both have the same feature list, the convertible’s added functionality of a folding fabric top is the cherry on top of the cake. The convertible doesn’t feel as dialed-in in terms of handling since the coupe gets better bracing. We’d suggest opting for the convertible only if you live in a relatively tropical state where the weather is good enough for a top-down experience. But, if you want to take the car to the track, the coupe is the one to go for.
2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Performance
The 2020 Camaro ZL1 gets the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine which produces 650 horsepower and 650 lb.ft. of torque. The engine produces all that torque at just 1500 RPM, which gives the impression of a powerful engine. Its rear-wheel-drivetrain comes mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a 10-speed automatic transmission. While the manual is a standard offering, the optional automatic has quick upshifts and is efficient and superbly responsive.
The 2020 Camaro can hit 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.5 seconds and goes on to finish the standing quarter-mile in an astonishing 11.4 seconds. There’s no lag in the engine irrespective of the RPM range, which shows the eager nature of the engine.
|0-60 MPH||3.5 sec|
|Quarter Mile||11.4 sec|
|Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)||7.7|
Chevy has installed six-piston and four-piston Brembo Anti-lock performance brakes at the front and the rear. In layman terms, the ZL1with those large brakes stops very well.
|Brake front (in.)||15.3|
|Brake Rear (in.)||14.4|
|Curb Weight (lbs.)||3883|
|60-0 MPH (ft.)||107|
Ride & Handling
The Camaro ZL1 gets a stiffer track-focused suspension setup as a standard offering. That makes the ride noticeably harsher than a regular Camaro. The suspension should’ve had more adjustment options which would’ve enhanced the overall driving experience. The standard 6-piston brakes do a great job of bringing this behemoth of a vehicle to a standstill without much drama. The brakes feel surefooted and linear.
Chevrolet has managed to distribute the weight in the new ZL1 and that helps the car a lot especially during cornering. Coupled to an acute steering wheel, the Chevrolet ZL1 is agile to drive and with a big, 6.2L Supercharged V8 engine, is equally powerful enough to deliver some mind-boggling figures on the racetrack as well as on-road.
2020 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Fuel Economy
The supercharged V8 delivers a combined efficiency figure of 16 mpg in the coupe and 15 mpg in the convertible. Though these numbers are not as impressive as other similar-sized vehicles, it is good enough for a high-performance sports car of this caliber. The 19-gallon tank does help cover around 300 miles without a fuel stop, which is a pretty decent figure for a car like this.
|Fuel tank capacity (gallons)||19.0|
|Range (city/highway) (miles)||266/380|
2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Interior
The ZL1 should be seen as a legit two-seater since the back seats too cramped for full-sized adults. On top of that, as part of the ZL1 1LE Extreme Track Performance Package, the rear seats are unfoldable so and that makes it worse, especially when it comes to boot space. There’s barely any space left to augment that space.
The dashboard is simple and functional, but the material quality in parts does not reflect the price tag. While the dashboard is angled towards the driver to enhance a cockpit-like feel, the button and control placement is not as ergonomic as we would’ve liked. Overall, the interior of the Camaro ZL1 isn’t fitted with exclusive elements as such but it doesn’t look half bad. The aircon, fitted under the infotainment screen is unique and practical at the same time. Other than that, the interior will not leave you disappointed provided the price range it comes in. It is minimal and practical.
How are the seats like?
Long-distance cruising is surprisingly comfortable in the 2020 Camaro ZL1. The seats at the front offer good lateral support and well-cushioned. They also get heated and cooling options. The seats do get bolsters but they’re not as aggressive as found in other sports cars. However, the optional Recaro seats, which are available in the optional Performance package, lose all of the above features to save weight and enhance performance. The rear seats are too cramped to seat adults comfortably, but they’re perfect to store luggage or put those children at the back.
The 2020 Camaro ZL1 gets a standard 8-inch HD touchscreen, both in the coupe and the convertible. The touchscreen feels intuitive and is not overly complicated to use. There’s also no visible touch latency from the screen, even when loading maps in the navigation system. A standard nine-speaker Bose music system complements the overall ambiance inside the cabin.
Some of the highlighted features are as follows:
- A Nine-Speaker Bose Music System
- OnStar emergency communications
- Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity
- Satellite radio
- 2 USB ports
As far as the utility of the ZL1 is concerned, it is not on the practical side of things. With just 9.1 cubic feet of space, this high-performance ZL1 just doesn’t have enough space. To add to that, the rear seats are unfoldable with the ZL1 1LE Extreme Track Performance Package
2020 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Interior Pictures
2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Exterior
This year the 2020 Chevy Camaro ZL1 will feature a new paint job called the Rally Green. The car will also get a new fascia in the shape of the front bumper. The last update was long due, especially after all those negative feedback Chevy received from last year’s model.
Design and Dimension
The 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1’s wheelbase measures 110.70 in. which is good for a performance car but that doesn’t really help in cabin space. Visibility around the car is low due to the low roof and high bonnet design. This creates a lot of blind spots around the vehicle.
The low roofline does help make the ZL1 look like a proper muscle car and by doing so it has retained the Camaro’s retro design. The front bumpers had to be changed for the sheer hatred that Chevvy had to bear with its 2019 model.
|Curb Weight (lbs.)||3883|
|Ground Clearance (in.||N/A|
The 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is really stylish for a muscle car. It prioritizes shape over function. A ZL1 badge and an aero kit around the car separates this beauty from a regular Camaro. Furthermore, a large spoiler at the back and flared side skirts, wheel arches, a hood scoop and a larger diffuser on the rear bumper make the ZL1 look aggressive. There’s also a lot of character line that runs on both sides of the ZL1’s body for aerodynamic purposes. The diffuser on the rear bumper also enhances the car’s looks and separates it from the regular Camaro.
2020 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Exterior Pictures
2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Safety
The NHTSA has awarded the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 with a full five-star rating in frontal and side crash tests. However, it got awarded a dismal ‘Good’ rating as they found the roof in the convertible model to be unsafe. The following safety features are available:
- Rearview camera with parking sensors
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Eight airbags
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Rear park assist
- Daytime running LED lamps
- Forward Collision Alert
- Electronic Parking Brake
- LATCH System
- Lane Change Alert
- Trunk Emergency Release Handle
How much will the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 cost?
Cost of ownership
The cost of ownership calculates all the possible expenses that one will need to spend on the ZL1 in the next 5 years. This includes a lot of factors such as insurance, financing, state fees, maintenance, repair cost, and depreciation. For further information refer to the table provided below:
|CRITERIA||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4||Year 5||Total|
|Grand Total||$ 61,911|
The 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will cost $ 61,911 to own over a period of five years when you consider insurance, financing, state fees, maintenance, repair cost, and depreciation. Reliability is not one of ZL1’s highlights and this might entail higher maintenance costs in the later stage. We would definitely suggest opting for an extended warranty if the dealership offers since repair costs will be expensive.
Top 5 US States Pricing
The 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1’s value proposition makes it a popular option in the market. Thus, it might be difficult to find a vehicle selling for below sticker or a significant discount. However, this is the list of the states listing the cheapest price for the car:
- Texas: $ 63,740
- Georgia: $ 64,800
- Pennsylvania: $ 65,900
- Arizona: $ 66,790
- Colorado: $ 67,560
2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Competition
The 2020 ZL1 goes up against performance stalwarts like the Shelby Mustang GT500 and the Dodge Challenger Hellcat. All these cars feature loads of power and torque coupled with comfortable interiors and impressive equipment levels. However, they’ve got their own characteristics, which help them target a particular demographic.
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT-500 vs. 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
The Shelby Mustang GT500 is one of the most powerful vehicles in this competition. With an unearthly power output of 760 horsepower and 625 lb.ft. of torque, from a 5.7Liter-V8 engine. All the power and torque are channeled to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch unit which is very fast in terms of shifts.
The GT500 also gets a more modern looking dashboard with digital dials and a larger touchscreen. The Mustang’s boot is much larger than the Camaro’s, although the seats at the back are just as cramped. The quality levels of the Mustang’s interior are also significantly better than the Camaro’s. However, the Camaro gets a relatively lower starting price along with a better ride dynamics, which goes a long way in enhancing comfort for the driver.
2020 Dodge Challenger Hellcat vs. 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
The Dodge Challenger Hellcat is the oldest vehicle in this lineup, but still looks pretty fresh, thanks to its timeless design. Practicality is the Dodge’s strong suit since there’s quite a lot of space in its entire cabin. While the front seats offer similar comfort as the other vehicles, the seats at the back offer quite a lot of headroom and legroom, which makes it a comfortable place for adults. The Hellcat was the vehicle that started the power output war among the three manufacturers and its output of 707 horsepower is currently in the middle of the pack. However, the Hellcat outshines its competitors in terms of price, by costing less than both the ZL1 and the GT500. However, the Challenger’s safety rating is quite low when compared to the Camaro and the Mustang.
Our Final Verdict
While the 2020 ZL1 doesn’t have a heritage like its competitors, it is still one of those very few vehicles in this segment that offers an impressive ride and handling experience. There’s also quite a lot of standard technological features offered with the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Though a pair of digital dials would have made the ZL1 look more modern. Driving in traffic is a task due to those massive blind spots, but still, the Camaro shines both as a daily car and track car. The comfortable seats make the ride feel plush and stiffer suspension gives an equally enjoyable sporty ride as well. The 2020 variant’s key trump card is its value. The performance and comfort you get for the price are truly impressive.
Anuron Deka is a passionate driver whose love for cars can only be matched by his passion for writing. Hence naturally, after obtaining a Master’s degree in Engineering, he migrated to a job that lets him explore both of his passions.
Apart from cars, he is a hardcore soccer lover and an aspiring chef. His club is Manchester United and has been religiously following the club since David Beckham was a Red Devil. He loves exploring foods from all across the world. What he loves more is cooking them.