Holden Special Vehicles has confirmed the power numbers for its new flagship performance model, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, as it starts production ahead of showroom arrivals later this month.
The supercharged 6.2-litre V8 has 477kW of power and a mammoth 881Nm of torque, giving it a better power-to-weight ratio than HSV’s final locally-made sedan, the GTS-R W1.
The ZL1’s power output of 477kW is slightly less than the 485kW (or 650 horsepower in the old money) claimed in the US because the HSV version had to be tested to European (ECE) standards.
HSV has confirmed there are no mechanical or power differences between the US and Australian versions, it was merely how the power output was measured.
Likewise, it’s worth noting the Camaro ZL1 has significantly more grunt than the GTS-R W1 once power is compared to the same standards.
The HSV W1’s published output figures of 474kW/815Nm were measured to the older German DIN (Deutsche Institut für Normung) standard, which translates roughly to 466kW/801Nm according to ECE testing protocols.
Given that the Camaro has more power and is about 100kg lighter than the HSV W1, the Camaro ZL1 promises to have blistering performance somewhere in the mid four-second bracket for the 0 to 100km/h dash, although HSV is yet to publish an official claim.
“As a brand synonymous with higher performance, these (power) numbers are sure to inspire GM, HSV and performance enthusiasts alike. It truly is an exceptional vehicle and all at HSV are excited that production has finally begun”, said HSV boss Tim Jackson.
The first batch of Camaro ZL1 coupes have started the remanufacturing process from left- to right-hand-drive at HSV’s facility in Clayton on the south-eastern outskirts of Melbourne. The cars are sold through 60 HSV dealers across the 200-strong Holden network and come with a factory-backed three year/100,000km warranty.
Approximately 300 Camaro ZL1s will be converted locally between now and the end of the year. HSV says it is already holding a healthy order bank despite the $159,990 plus on-road costs pricetag. The 10-speed auto adds $2200 and metallic paint adds $850.
Customers who place an order for a Camaro ZL1 today will be able to take delivery before Christmas, but HSV dealers say more than half their initial allocations have already been sold.