Chevy Camaro ZL1 2019

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Review, Specs, MPG, Pricing

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

What’s new for 2019?

  • A completely redesigned exterior
  • More color schemes to choose from
  • New interface for the infotainment system
  • Sheer power from the V8 drivetrain
  • Supercar-Esque handling
  • No supercar-Esque price tag
  • Roomy Interior
  • Fuel Economy still below par
  • Could be more refined
  • Less Visibility than a tank

Overview

A pony car belonging to the holy trinity of the United States, the Camaro has survived for more than 50 years now. It is surprising just how it has carried the same attitude with a different fascia. Sure, it has changed a lot but still feels just as thrilling to drive as its forefathers. The 2018 Camaro ZL1 broke the record of the fastest muscle car in the world. Naturally, the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 had a lot of expectations to live up to.
Thankfully, it doesn’t disappoint. Now with an upgraded facelift and new colors available, the car is as aggressive to look as it behaves. While the convertible may sound like the right choice, it is the coupe that gives you the 1LE package that makes the Camaro truly track-worthy.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 2019
2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

What Trims and Features are available for the 2019 Camaro ZL1?

Several trims go with the Camaro. Combine them with the SS, LT, and LTE packages, and you got yourself a list that would fill 2 A4 sheets of paper. However, the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has only two trims to choose from. Both of them share the same powertrain, but it is the coupe that gets the coveted 1LE performance package. This $7,000 option is the one to go for if you are looking to beat the Porsche 911 at its home ground, the Nurburgring. 2019 ZL1 is a performance trim of the 2019 Chevy Camaro with more power and much better interiors.

Camaro ZL1 Coupe

Camaro ZL1 Convertible

MSRP $64,195

KEY FEATURES

  • Heated & Ventilated Seats
  • Sync3 Infotainment System
  • 10-speed automatic transmission with active rev-matching
  • Bose Surround Sound System
  • 1LE Performance Package

MSRP $70,195

KEY FEATURES

  • Convertible Soft Top Variant
  • 10-second roof convertible

Which 2019 Chevy Camaro We Recommend?

The ZL1 coupe is the one to go for since it comes with all the features the convertible possesses. Even with the 1LE performance package, which makes it the fastest Camaro to ever exist, it still falls a $1,000 short of the convertible. This makes it the best valued option in the entire lineup.

Engine and Transmission

The supercharged 6.2L V8 is derived from the top-of-the-line Z06 Corvette. It churns out 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. The power is delivered straight to the rear wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission. A 6-speed manual is also available, preferable due to its auto rev-matching, though the automatic gives you the best of the V8.

2019 Camaro ZL1 Engine
2019 Camaro ZL1 Engine

Acceleration

The engine is enough to propel the car from a standstill to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. With a quarter-mile time of 11.3 seconds, it is fast enough to burn rubber around most drag strips, leaving most other muscle cars biting its dust. The acceleration is breathtaking, and there is no lag because, hey, no turbocharger. The response is instantaneous as you press down on the pedal, a feeling not many cars can deliver.

Braking and Handling

Even with its breakneck acceleration, the Camaro ZL1 never feels out of control. No matter if you’re going 50 mph or 150 mph, it never feels wrong to test the handling of the car. Part of it goes to the aerodynamics, which creates an additional balanced load of 300 pounds evenly across the body of the car. Part of it is because the Brembo brakes do their job exceptionally well. No wonder the Camaro ZL1 1LE got around the famed Nurburgring in 7:16. Not only at the track, but the adaptive suspension also makes it easier to swallow up road bumps effortlessly as well.

2019 Camaro ZL1 Fuel Economy (MPG)

All that blistering performance doesn’t come without a cost. The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 offers a combined EPA-rated fuel economy of 16 mpg(14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway). In a way, the Camaro ZL1 can become your daily driver, as long as you don’t mind the large gas bill and the emission taxes. Anyhow, if you want a muscle car that has a decent fuel economy, you can always go for the Mustang EcoBoost.

2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Interior

The official listing states that the car can seat 4 people inside. That is a far-fetched theory at best since little kids can comfortably occupy the rear seats. It is best to fold them up or down to create a shelf rack or a bigger boot, respectively. You can’t do that in more expensive supercars because there you would only find a single row.

The cabin has enough legroom and headroom for tall adults. Even the electronically adjustable steering wheel is easy to configure. The Recaro seats come as standard, offering heating and ventilation. One thing’s for sure; I won’t get tired doing laps around a track all day long. What I would get tired of is using the blind spot sensors and back-up camera every time I need to look to the back of the car.

2019 Camaro ZL1 Interior
2019 Camaro ZL1 Interior

Infotainment

The Chevy’s Sync3 infotainment gets a new interface for the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The 8-inch touchscreen combined with the driver’s side gauge cluster feels more like the inside of an F-22 fighter jet rather than a muscle car. The system incorporates touch with a few hard buttons. It is crisp and easy to use with all the big icons. Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are supported.

Numerous other infotainment features can also be tried out on the Camaro ZL1.

These include:

  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • AUX Cable input
  • 2 USB Ports
  • AM/FM/HD Radio
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Bose Premium Surround Sound System
  • Electrochromatic Rearview Mirror
  • Speed-Sensitive Volume Control

How Much does the 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Cost?

A brand new 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe will set you back $64,195. If you go for the 1LE package that adds a sport-tuned suspension and performance tires, the price tag can climb another $7,000. The convertible trim is even more expensive at an MSRP of above 70 grand. Even so, the Camaro ZL1 is a bargain as it offers the performance of cars four or even five times its price range. If you don’t wanna spend over $100,000 and still want to beat that Huracan brat that keeps showing off at your hometown raceway, the Camaro ZL1 is just the right pick.

Cost of Ownership

The cost of ownership is something you should carefully consider going for a high-performance car like the ZL1. Even though your ZL1 may cost you about 70 grand, further funds are needed for different criteria like tax credit, maintenance, insurance, fuel costs, and depreciation. A 5-year ownership cost is calculated assuming you own the car after 10% of downpayment, drive it 15,000 miles annually, and take up a loan for a period of 60 months. Taking everything into account, it takes about $86,453 to own a 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe.

CRITERIA Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Total
Tax Credit$0$0$0$0$0$0
Insurance$1,908$1,975$2,044$2,115$2,189$10,231
Maintenance$421$859$679$2,697$1,428$6,084
Repairs$0$0$156$373$542$1,071
Taxes & Fees$7,862$416$388$366$340$9,372
Financing$4,027$3,238$2,397$1,500$542$11,704
Depreciation$13,365$4,303$3,518$3,941$3,443$28,570
Fuel$3,658$3,768$3,881$3,997$4,117$19,421
Real Cost of Ownership$31,241$14,559$13,063$14,989$12,601$86,453

Cost of Ownership in 5 States

The Cost of 5-year ownership for a Camaro ZL1 varies from state to state. It is because various states handle their performance cars differently. California may impose a more substantial tax on emissions while cheaper insurance can be found in Michigan. A comprehensive of states where the Camaro is most popular is given below.

  • California: $87,128
  • Illinois: $78,756
  • Texas: $79,744
  • Michigan: $80,823
  • New York: $83,358

It is cheapest to own a 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in Illinois, while California’s strict rules for gas-guzzling V8s make it hardest to own one in Los Angeles. On average, there is a deviation of about $4,000 on the actual Cost of ownership depending on the state.

2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Competition

2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 VS Ford Mustang GT500

Both the Mustang and Camaro are sneaking it out to become the number one American car for 53 years now. The Mustang earns an edge in technology and practicality, while the Camaro ZL1 performs better in performance sheets. Since both the cars cost pretty much the same, you are better off with the Mustang. You may lose a race around the track, but no Camaro driver can get ahead on any drag strip when there is a much more powerful GT500 competing it. A better sound system and more significant trunk help as well.

2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 VS 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The Camaro has entirely gone in hand with the times and adopted itself to be more of a track-focused racer than a pony car. That muscle car spark has not gone out in the Dodge Challenger. It is still old school- a big engine in a family sedan body that cranks out massive power. It does give you a semblance of fear as you turn the steering wheel at high speeds, but it is all part of its charm. The Challenger is right for quarter-mile drags while the Camaro ZL1 dominates a proper racetrack.

2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 VS 2019 Jaguar F-Type

The F-Type has a smaller and less powerful engine than the Camaro ZL1, a 3.0L V6 compared to the Camaro’s humongous 6.5L V8. It can be left in the dust by the Camaro any time the driver just so wishes to depress on the pedal a little more. Nevertheless, the ZL1 is more of a high-performance track car. The F-Type is something you’ll appreciate when going on a nice, slow cruise along the back roads. It also helps that it has much better practicality and an exterior design soothing to the eyes.

Why you should get a 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1?

The Camaro may have changed a lot over the decades, becoming more akin to a true supercar than a proper American muscle car. It still can deliver the adrenaline rush every time you turn on the ignition and hear the sweet sound of that 6.2L V8. Its performance has improved with sharper turn-devouring capabilities. For a car that can measure up to Ferraris and Lambos 5 times its price, the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is a showstopper.

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