The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 hits 60 mph in first gear

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It may have been William Faulkner who once said--and we're paraphrasing--"The horsepower wars aren't even dead; they're not even past." Or maybe not Faulkner. Maybe us?

In any case, Hellcats are still rolling, Ford's working on a new Shelby GT500 with ridiculous horsepower, and Chevrolet's about to unchain the new Camaro ZL1.

Bragging rights are tough to come by in that class, but the ZL1 may have one up its cylinder sleeve: It can hit 60 mph from a standstill in first gear.

Why? Because shifting is for suckers, and because it takes time which nobody wants to give up when heading down the strip.

Reported by The Drive, the Camaro ZL1 only has this capability when equipped with the manual gearbox.

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2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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For those keeping score at home, the fifth-gen Camaro ZL1 could only hit a measly 52 mph in first gear.

As a reminder, the new Camaro ZL1 produces 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque from its supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 engine. Power is sent to the rear wheels through either a 6-speed manual transmission (obviously), or a new 10-speed automatic transmission co-developed with Ford.

DON'T MISS: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 priced from $62,135

Chevrolet says the Camaro ZL1 can hit 60 mph from a stand still in just 3.5 seconds--when equipped with the automatic transmission, but please #GiveAShift--and can run the quarter mile in 11.4 seconds at 127 mph. Stopping power should be more than sufficient with a full standstill happening in 107 feet from 60 mph, and it can pull up to 1.02 g on the skidpaad, if their claims hold true.

For budgeting purposes, the new 2017 Camaro ZL1 starts at $62,135 in coupe form, and the convertible will set you back at least $69,135. How much the 10--speed automatic transmission and other optional extras will cost has yet to be revealed.

 
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