The Chevrolet Camaro is a national treasure, and while sales of this aging midsize sports car have not been phenomenal, there's still a lot to like about it. The 2021 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is the meanest of the bunch, and while it might be getting a bit long in the tooth, it still packs a serious punch thanks to that 6.2-liter supercharged V8 producing 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. The standard six-speed manual transmission keeps things old-school and engaging, but with the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye making significantly more power and the Ford Mustang GT500 being a sharper tool overall, is the writing on the wall for this legend?
The 2021 ZL1, and the rest of the sixth-generation Camaro range, has only received minor updates over the last couple of years, and unfortunately, 2021 is no different. Rally Green Metallic paint, which was only introduced in the previous year, has been removed from the color palette and replaced with a new Wild Cherry Tintcoat, while Garnet Red Tintcoat has been removed altogether. The only other change to the model is the addition of wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto.
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6.2L Supercharged V8 Gas
The ZL1 Coupe looks badass for a reason: it packs a knockout punch under the hood. The LT4 supercharged 6.2-liter 8-cylinder gas engine powering the Camaro ZL1 Coupe delivers 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear-wheel drive via a 6-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmission. The auto car is the quickest, posting a 0-60 mph time of just 3.5 seconds, and the top speed is 198 mph. To put those figures into context, the ZL1 Coupe will lap the Nurburgring in 7:16.04, making it quicker than a Ferrari 488 GTB.
Yes, it's getting old, and yes, the interior isn't as refined as some of its younger competitors, but the 2021 Chevy Camaro ZL1 will still blow your socks off. From the outside, few modern 2-door US muscle cars look this good, and we'll even forgive the aging interior, useless rear seats, and minuscule trunk because, once you get behind the wheel of this car, you won't stop smiling. The old-school six-speed manual transmission makes this a massively engaging vehicle to drive, despite the fact that it isn't as sharp as a Mustang GT500 or as fast as a Redeye. A review of the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 shows that it earns a respectable safety rating, but Chevy has a reputation for shoddy reliability. Besides the blistering performance, the Camaro ZL1 also offers massive value for money. This sort of charm is quickly being lost to automatic transmissions and electric performance cars. If you love America and all it stands for, we recommend getting one before it's too late.
We'd obviously get the manual version, and we'd paint it in Riverside Blue metallic. For added performance, we'd go for the $7,500 ZL1 1LE Extreme Track Performance package, which adds a rear bench seat, a carbon fiber hood insert, a satin black hood wrap, performance DSSV dampers, a massive rear carbon wing, and 19-inch wheels with Eagle F1 Super 3R tires. On the inside, we'd go for the $1,300 performance data and video recorder and carbon-fiber instrument panel trim. Our ultimate 2021 Camaro ZL1 Coupe has a price tag of $74,695 excluding tax, registration, a destination fee of $1,195, and a gas guzzler tax of $1,700.
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