2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

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2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Review: Bruiser In A Bow Tie

The ZL1 sits right on top of the extensive Camaro Coupe range. From its price to its power and the way it looks, the ZL1's mission is clear: conquer the best that the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger can offer. Just the sight of the ZL1 seems to be enough to do the job, but of course, it'll need the firepower to back up its in-your-face styling, too. Thanks to a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine with 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft, the quickest Camaro needs just 3.5 seconds to complete the zero-to-sixty dash, and with the most fantastic V8 scream accompanying the neck-snapping pace. The ZL1 is a seriously good handler, too, and can be equipped with a track package that can see it post dramatically fast lap times. The price to pay for all of this fury and excitement is limited day-to-day ability: the rear seats are tiny and the Camaro is awful to see out of clearly. It's best, then, to look straight ahead while enjoying one of America's most powerful and desirable muscle cars.

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2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2019 Camaro ZL1 Coupe?

Less powerful Camaro models (reviewed separately) have received a number of updates for 2020, but only two minor additions apply to the ZL1. It's now available in a new Rally Green Metallic exterior color, while red kneepads are an option, too. That's about it, as Chevrolet obviously thinks that the 650-hp V8 - rather than an excessively long list of features - is more than enough to keep the driver occupied.

Pros and Cons

  • Blistering performance from supercharged V8
  • Sharp handling for a muscle car
  • Absorbent ride for such a sporty machine
  • Well-priced considering the power on offer
  • Comprehensive features list
  • Outward visibility is badly compromised
  • Tiny trunk
  • Only kids will be comfortable in the back seats
  • Some low-rent interior materials

What's the Price of the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe?

The top-tier Camaro ZL1 carries an MSRP of $62,000, although this excludes tax, licensing, registration, a gas guzzler tax of $1,700 ($2,100 for the automatic), and a destination freight charge of $995. If you want the fastest acceleration, you'll need to get the ten-speed automatic which adds a further $1,595 to the base price. Once you've added the popular ZL1 1LE Extreme Track Performance Package, you're looking at a fully-loaded ZL1 that will cost in excess of $70,000.

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2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
ZL1 Coupe
6.2L Supercharged V8 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
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2020 Camaro ZL1 Coupe Exterior

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  • Length 190.2 in
  • Wheelbase 110.7 in
  • Height 52.9 in
  • Max Width 75.0 in
  • Front Width 63.4 in
  • Rear Width 62.0 in
  • Curb Weight 3,907.0 lbs

2020 Camaro ZL1 Coupe Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    6.2L Supercharged V8 Gas
  • Transmissions
    10-Speed Automatic, 6-Speed Manual
  • Drivetrain

Handling and Driving Impressions

Not only was the ZL1's bodywork carefully honed in a wind tunnel for ultimate aerodynamic efficiency, but it gets a number of mechanical upgrades over cheaper Camaros. An electronic limited-slip differential is standard, as is magnetic ride control, special tuning for the springs and magnetic dampers, a rear differential cooler for maintaining optimal temperatures at peak performance, and a drive selector that includes a Track mode.

Handling is exceptional in this segment, with a precise helm and great composure for what is a heavy V8 coupe. With its Multimatic dynamic suspension spool valve dampers, lighter curb weight, and adjustable rear stabilizer bar, the 1LE package further transforms the Camaro into an incredibly effective track tool. The dual-mode exhaust system provides full access to the V8's roar and this, coupled with the planted and confident body control, amounts to a seriously entertaining driver's car.

It's not a one-trick pony, though, because the adaptive dampers actually manage to provide the ZL1 with a surprisingly compliant ride. The suspension soaks up surface changes and mid-corner bumps impressively well, especially taking into account the large wheels. Along with powerful Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers in front, the Camaro proves that a muscle car can be confidence-inspiring whether or not it's on the drag strip.

2020 Camaro ZL1 Coupe Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 43.9 in
  • Front Head Room 38.5 in
  • Rear Leg Room 29.9 in

2020 Camaro ZL1 Coupe Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    9.1 ft³

2020 Camaro ZL1 Coupe Safety and Reliability


  • Warranty Note:
    Preliminary 2020 Warranty Note \ 
  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Rust-Through:
    6 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Maintenance Note:
    1 Year \ 1 Visit

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Verdict: Is the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe A Good car?

For the price, the Camaro ZL1's supercharged 6.2-liter V8 provides exceptional performance that competes with supercars costing well over six figures. Unleashing the full 650 horsepower and reveling in the 1LE track package's enhanced handling capability are, on their own, enough reason to recommend the ZL1. Along with a generous list of standard features, aggressive styling, and ride quality that you can happily live with every day, the Camaro ZL1 is a more than worthy adversary to fellow American muscle cars from Ford and Dodge. It's just a pity that the impractically-sized trunk, small rear seats, and woeful visibility detract from the overall package. While these issues will be bothersome in day-to-day driving, they're fortunately less of a concern on a track, an environment that the ZL1 seems to have been honed for. For the diehard enthusiast, this remains a sports coupe with massive appeal.

What Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Model Should I Buy?

Although the 1LE package is tempting, the standard ZL1 is hardly a languid handler and offers an exceptional price/performance ratio. We'd spec ours in Garnet Red Tintcoat paint and with the carbon-fiber instrument panel trim which gives the interior a nice lift. Together, these options add under $1,000 to the ZL1's base price.

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2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Comparisons

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Dodge
Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Ford
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe650 hp14/20 mpg$63,000
Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat 717 hp13/21 mpg$66,045
Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 12/18 mpg$76,820

2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe vs Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

There aren't many cars on the road that can out-muscle the Camaro ZL1, but the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is one of them. Over 700 horsepower and a quarter-mile sprint time of just ten seconds solidify its position as one of the ultimate dragsters. Both make intoxicating noises from their V8 engines and will entertain their drivers for hours on end, limited only by the regular gas station stops you'll have to make. The two muscle cars start to diverge when it comes to driving dynamics, though - the SRT may have more power, but the ZL1 is much more agile through the corners and it's the one to choose for track use. But the Challenger fights back with a much more accommodating cabin where normal-sized adults can actually sit at the back. This makes the Dodge the much easier car to live with, whereas the ZL1 is the sharper driving tool.

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2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe vs Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

The horsepower war rages on unabated. The latest GT500 comes out on top here with a wild 760 hp, a phenomenal 110 hp more than the ZL1 Coupe. However, the ZL1 isn't the default winner in the handling stakes any longer - Ford has improved the GT500's dynamic balance to a point where it's blisteringly fast off the line and when the road gets twisty, too. The Mustang also has better outward visibility and a larger trunk than the Camaro, aspects that make it easier to live with every day. We do love that the Chevy comes with the option of a six-speed manual, though, whereas the Mustang only has a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. At over $8,000 more than the ZL1, is the Mustang's extra power worth it? With the GT500's improved handling, we're inclined to say that it is.

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