There’s been a lot of talk recently about just how good the 2017 Camaro ZL1 was going to be. After watching this video from Hennessey Performance featuring a roll race between the new Camaro and Chevrolet’s big nasty, the 2017 Corvette Z06, well, it looks to us like the hype is well deserved.
Both cars use the supercharged LT4 V8 and the Camaro packs 640 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque while the Corvette Z06 is rated at 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. The sixth generation Camaro gets a nice bump in power from its predecessor (60+ horsepower and 84 lb-ft torque) and it benefits from shedding 200 pounds as well.
With the 2017 Camaro ZL1 now hitting dealer showrooms, Hennessey Performance wanted to see just how good the car in its stock form matched up against a stock 2017 Corvette Z06. Both are manual transmission cars and both lined up and cruised in second gear before crossing the go line for a quarter mile sprint.
We’ll spoil the ending and let you know the Corvette did come first in this exercise, but just barely. Launching from a roll in second gear stripped the Corvette’s off-the-line launch factor out of the equation and it became an LT4 vs LT4 grudge match. On a road course, we expect the Corvette Z06 to really show its chops but in a straight line roll-race, the Camaro is right there.
Some are already calling the 2017 Camaro ZL1 a “Corvette with back seats” and for Camaro fans, you can get into one for an MSRP of $61,140 vs the Corvette Z06’s current MSRP of $80,445, a price difference of nearly $20,000!
Check out the sibling rivalry video below and let us know what you think about the new Camaro ZL1 in the comments section:
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