2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

2020 MODEL
$62,995 - $64,590
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2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 21, 2020
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Launched in the 60s, the Camaro was propelled to conquer the muscle car segment. It performed well to date and is proving to be a good rival in all aspects. It helped the brand is competing with marquees such as the Ford and Dodge.

While the days of the old school muscle-era are gone. The modern-day Camaro ZL1 has majorly adorned the identity of a Sports vehicle. The year 2020 welcomed a refreshed Camaro ZL1 with better upgrades to ensure thrill and safety at the same time.
 

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Pros

Great handling around corners

Authoritative acceleration from the V8

Smooth ride

Cons

Poor visibility

Low cargo volume

Cramped up rear seats

What's New?

The car remains unchanged for the year 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$62995

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

376 cu.in.

horsepower

650 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

650 lbs.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.6/14.6

dimensions

wheelbase

110.7 in.

length

190.2 in.

width

75 in.

height

52.9 in.

curb weight

3907 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

93 cu ft.

cargo volume

9.1 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7.9 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

3.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

11.7 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

141 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/20/16 mpg

highway range

380 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr. /100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in Red Hot color 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in Shadow Gray Metallic color 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in Satin Steel Gray Metallic color 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in Summit White color 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in Riverside Blue Metallic color
Red Hot

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Ratings

Fuel Economy

4.8

Interior

6.5

Exterior

7.0

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Base

Base

power
650 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
16 combined

$62,995 - $64,590


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (6.2L 8cyl 6M) Starting at $62,995 MSRP (14/16/20) 650 hp @ 6400 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 4
2dr Coupe (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $64,590 MSRP (14/16/20) 650 hp @ 6400 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
10-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 4

Expert Review

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The ZL1 is equipped with a bigger, faster and strikingly vocal V8 engine whose performance figures could give the bigger sports cars a run for their money. The old and massive V8 powered gas guzzlers sound like a relic in this day and age, and should be fossils in an archeological lab, but the concept has been refined through the years and distilled the straight-line performance to make a blend with cornering capability. The ZL1 is stated to be the fastest Camaro to date. 

Now making 650 horsepower and an equally mammoth 650 lb-ft of torque, all this power is sent to the rear wheels. There are two transmission options, a 6-speed stick shift taking the lead and a 10-speed automatic transmission. The 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has a base price of $$62,995. The ZL1 stands for "Chevrolet Camaro ZL1".

2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Front View
2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Rear View

 
 

4.8/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.5/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Features

The ZL1 Camaro comes equipped with an LT4 V8 Supercharged 6.2L with 650 horsepower mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with Active rev-matching. The 2020 Camaro ZL1 comes with a price tag of $64,695 for the coupe variant while the convertible model starts at $70,695. Throw in the 1LE performance package and you will upgrade your Camaro ZL1 with following features :

  • Track cooling package with engine, differential and transmission oil coolers
  • Dual exhaust system
  • Black satin hood with carbon fiber air extractor
  • The larger front splitter and integrated bumper lips  
  • Exposed woven carbon fiber rear spoiler adds up to 300 pounds of downforce
  • Multimatic DSSV shocks with adjustable front ride height
  • Adjustable canting front chainrings and rear stabilizer bar
  • Electronically limited-slip differential with ratio 3.73
  • Lightweight 19 "forged aluminum wheels  
  • Brembo brakes, 6-piston front, and 4-piston rear, with Red calipers
  • Steering wheel with a flat bottom and suede-wrapped shift knob
  • RECARO front seats with optimized dynamic headrests for greater comfort when driving
  • Performance Data Recorder available

Model

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

MSRP

$62,995

Key Features

Brembo front and rear performance antilock brakes

 

Driver Selector Mode

 

Dual-mode exhaust

 

Launch control

 

Interior spectrum lighting

 

SiriusXM with 360L trial subscription

 

6-way power front passenger seat

 

Aluminum interior trim

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Since there is only one trim on offer for the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, that is the only option to choose from. However, you can always ask Chevrolet for the Extreme Performance Package if it suits your purpose. The power is simply mesmerizing and will surely satisfy your pony thirst. 

2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Engine and Performance

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 gets a mammoth 6.2L supercharged V8 engine underneath its hood capable of putting out 650 hp and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. This sinister engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission that diverts the power to the rear wheels only that accounts for an engaging and intriguing driving experience, a classic trait of Muscle cars.

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Along with a stick shift, an optional 10-speed automatic is also part of the ZL1 lineup. The stick shift transmission boasts short throws and is equipped with rev-matching downshifts. The dual-mode exhaust releases thundering pops and crackles like Zeus himself was driving the Camaro. The suspension is tuned perfectly and doesn’t let the immense power take over the control.

Models

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Lexus RC F

BMW M4

MSRP

$62,995

$60,470

$64,750

$70,145

Engine

6.2L Supercharged V8

Supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 engine

5.0L naturally aspirated V8

3.0L 6-Cylinder Twin Power Turbo

Transmission

6-speed Manual

6-speed Manual

8-speed Shiftable Automatic

6-speed Manual

Horsepower

650 hp @ 6400 rpm

717 hp @ 6000 rpm

472 hp @ 7100 rpm

425 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

650 ft-lbs. @ 3600 rpm

656 ft-lbs. @ 4800 pm

395 ft-lbs. @ 4800 rpm

406 ft-lbs. @ 1850 rpm

The Camaro ZL1 is a king of power figures, generating 650 ponies and torque. However, it still gets passed by the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, which comes fitted with a similar engine as the Camaro (both get a 6.2L V8). with a power bump of almost 67hp, the Challenger takes the crown followed by Camaro.

Other rivals stand no chance in front of these cars carrying proper muscle genes. The Lexus RC F Coupe ranks third with 472 hp, followed up by the BMW M4.

Acceleration

The Chevrolet Camaro in its ZL1 is a muscle car with a top speed of 202mph, which is supercar category performance, launching from a standstill and the 0-60 figure comes as early as 3.5 seconds. The Camaro rockets into the tarmac better than the wildest sports car you have known, the launch controls makes it even better. 

The Chevrolet Camaro in its ZL1 avatar offers supercar performance, with a 0-60 figure of 3.5 seconds

Impressive as it is, it also clears the quarter-mile mark in 11.4 seconds and if you plan to keep the accelerator pedal pressed, you will be stunned to see the top speed of 202 mph. Even though the car weighs a mammoth 3800lbs, it still manages to put down such impressive numbers on the drag-strip.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Lexus RC F

BMW M4

0-60 MPH

3.5 sec

3.7 sec

4.2 sec

4.0 sec

Quarter Mile

11.4 sec

11.8 sec

12.7 sec

12.2 sec

Engine

6.2L Supercharged V8

Supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 engine

5.0L naturally aspirated V8

3.0L 6-Cylinder TwinPower Turbo

The Camaro ZL1 0 to 60 comes out fastest of the lot, clean swiping the rivals even though it had lower power figures than the Dodge Challenger SRT. Giving a mere 0.2-second defeat to the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, which displays a huge margin of in power figures between the two. The BMW M4 makes a chase, completing the 0-60 sprint in 4.0 seconds, followed up by the Lexus RC F.

Braking

Braking on the normal Camaro is acceptable and you can very well keep it as a daily driver, but the ZL1 is no ordinary muscle. For a car that accelerates with such potency, a capable braking arrangement becomes a must. In order to increase the stopping power, Chevrolet had installed a 6-piston caliper in front along with a 4-piston caliper in the rear made by Brembo on the ZL1.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Front Brake 15.3 in.

The brake rotors on the Camaro ZL1 are one of the biggest in the segment, with 15.3-inch rotors on the front wheels and 14.4-inch rotors on the rear wheels. 

Model

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Lexus RC F

BMW M4

Brake front

(in.)

15.3

15.4

15.0

15.0

Brake Rear

(in.)

14.4

13.8

13.6

14.6

Curb Weight

(lbs.)

3883

4429

3902

3625

60-0 MPH (ft.)

107

108

105

104

This is one category where the lightweight factor plays an important role. Even after having the big brakes the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe can decelerate from 60-0 mph in a distance of just 107 feet, which comes out to be on the third position out of four rivals.

Although, these numbers are pretty respectable considering the ZL1 is presented as a muscle car. The BMW M4 showcases the best in class braking distance, all thanks to the M-spec brakes, followed up by the Lexus RC F.

Ride and Handling

The ZL1 is an ultimate Super Saiyan of all Camaros ever built. The supercharged small-block V8 is enough to satisfy anybody’s hunger for power. With great power comes great responsibility and Chevy seems to know it very well as the car's agility is not compromised with a higher power. The Camaro ZL1 is still nimble when you want it to be and has a great center of gravity which helps in keeping it more attached to the ground. 

2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Front View

The car cuts corners like a hot knife through butter and overpowers any car in its way. The quick-shifting gears reach their full potential only with a badass driver. Fabulously tuned suspensions absorb most of the tough shocks without transmitting much of the after-effects to the cabin.

The electric-assist power steering is capable of providing enough feels of the road to you on a silver platter. There is also an optional package that includes the Magnetic Ride Control Dampers which further take the handling and agility a cut above.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Fuel Economy

4.8/10

Muscle cars were never made considering fuel economy figures. These cars are made for only one thing, that is, ripping the tires the moment you floor the gas pedal. With a 6.2L engine along with a supercharger, the Camaro ZL1 is a regular at the gas station. 

This mammoth muscle car engine is mated with the standard 6-speed manual transmission, manages to earn a city mpg rating of 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway, summing it up to a combined mpg figure of 16. While the 10-speed automatic transmission also features almost the same figures with a slight change of 13mpg in the city, 21mpg on highway and 16mpg combined. Is the Camaro fuel efficient? Yes, it does pretty well for a sports car. 

Model

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Lexus RC F

BMW M4

MPG (city)

14

13

16

18

MPG (highway)

20

21

24

25

MPG (combined)

16

16

19

20

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

19.0

18.5

17.4

15.8

Range (city/highway) (miles)

266/380

241/389

278/418

284/395

While this category is completely owned by smaller powerhouses. The BMW M4 offers you the best-in-class fuel-economy of 18 in city and 25 on the highway, followed up by the Lexus RC F. The Camaro ZL1 and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat offers much fewer economy figures, both these cars offer a combined mpg of 16, while the ZL1 comes with the biggest fuel-tank of 19-gallon capacity.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Interior

6.5/10

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is a great car, but the second you open the door of this Coupe, great turns to mere good. The interior in the ZL1 feels plush and airy for the front occupants but, the rear row speaks a different story though. This car is designed to fit only 2 people comfortably as It is hard to fit into the rear seats as the rear seats will give you a knee-in-nose posture which could leave you uncomfortable.

 

2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Front Seats

With only a small quarter glass as the window, the visibility is very less and gives a nauseated aura for the rear passengers. Everything is much nicer in front, as the ZL1 comes with Recaro bucket seats which hugs you well over in seat under all conditions. Over that, the telescopic steering wheel feels good and can be tilt adjusted to secure the ideal driving position.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Lexus RC F

BMW M4

Passenger Capacity

4

5

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.5/-/43.9

39.3/58.5/42.0

37.8/50.7/45.4

39.8/55.3/42.2

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

33.5/50.3/29.9

37.1/53.9/33.1

35.0/46.1/27.3

36.1/51.7/33.7

Even though the Camaro is showcased as a four-seater, it features the least amount of rear seating space. While the Challenger comes out to be on top in terms of second-row space. All these rivals offer a similar amount of space in the front row.

Interior Features

In its price bracket, the Camaro surprisingly covers a plethora of features that gives it a premium touch.

  • Remote start
  • Dual-zone automatic Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless entry
  • Power mirrors
  • Head-up display
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel

Infotainment 

The infotainment system on the 2020 Camaro ZL1 comes loaded with an 8-inch touchscreen unit featuring Chevrolet 3 infotainment. The new infotainment is easy to use and responsive but the odd angle limits easy accessibility. Smartphone Integration features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. It also features swipe and pinch-and-stretch controls.

The 2020 Camaro ZL1 lineup is an 8-inch touchscreen

This intuitive infotainment unit comes loaded with the following features:

  • Apple CarPlay
  • AM/FM
  • Satellite radio
  • Android Auto
  • Bluetooth
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Chevrolet Connected Access
  • Bose premium audio system
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • Amplifier
  • Digital signal processor

Cargo Capacity

Being practical is where ZL1 hits a dead end. Same as the rear seats there is no space in the cargo compartment, even by the muscle car standards. The ride is a big-time disappointment for the people who’d want their car to carry some luggage.

The ZL1 disappointingly supports only 9.1cu.ft of cargo space. Also, the trunk opening is positioned inconveniently at a higher level and has a narrow opening too.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Lexus RC F

BMW M4

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

9.1

16.2

10.1

11.0

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is the most utilitarian ride of the segment. Along with offering seating capacity for 5, it also offers the best-in-class cargo space. The BMW M4 Coupe ranks second with 11.0 cubic feet of space, followed up by the Lexus RC F and finally the last place is given to the Camaro ZL1. 

2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Front Seats
2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Gear Shifter
2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Badge
2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Infotainment
2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Steering Wheel

2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Exterior

7.0/10

The jump from 5th to 6th generation was a bold move and the 2020 ZL1 goes extreme with a fresh front and rear fascia, more aerodynamic body, a new hood scoop, and more details visible the more you stare at it. 

 

2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe 3rd Quarter View

Though the Camaro has sacrificed most of its muscle-car elements, yet retains some pony character with a high beltline, a low roofline, and a wide front fascia. Muscle cars are known for their beefy looks and the ZL1 definitely has a lot of that with the kind of road presence it offers. 

Model

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Lexus RC F

BMW M4

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3883

4429

3902

3625

Length (in.)

190.2

197.5

185.5

184.5

Width (in.)

75.0

75.7

72.6

73.6

Height (in.)

52.9

57.0

54.7

54.4

Ground Clearance (in.)

N/A

4.5

5.1

4.7

Wheelbase (in.)

110.7

116.2

107.5

110.7

The Dodge Challenger SRT comes out to be the heaviest car of the lot. Along with that, it is also the longest, widest, tallest and has the longest wheelbase too. While the RC F comes second heaviest of the rivals. The ZL1 comes second last followed by M4. 


Exterior Features

Forming the best mixture between muscle and sports car the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe does everything just right in its design and character. Some of the most prominent exterior features that help the car achieve this feat are: 

  • 20-inch dark graphite forged aluminum wheels
  • Body-color power outside mirrors
  • Dark tint tail lamps
  • Daytime LED DRLs
  • Rear stanchion spoiler
  • Quad-exhausts
  • Galvanized steel/aluminum body material
  • Black grille
  • Rocker panel extensions
  • Rear bumper with black rub strip
  • Black front bumper insert
2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Bonnet
2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe View Front
2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Rear Light
2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe 3rd Quarter Rear View
2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Side View

2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Safety

Even though the Camaro ZL1 Coupe lacks safety features that are available nowadays in the basic segment of cars. It still manages to score a decent safety score across all kinds of tests. Other than that, the car packs a decent number of safety features that are offered as standard. Some of these features are: 

  • Rearview camera
  • 8 airbags 
  • Electronic parking brake
  • LATCH
  • Lane change alert with side blind zone alert
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear park assist
  • Tire pressure monitor

2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Competition

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe vs. Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The two main rivals in the car world are fighting for the best muscle car with a sports car pedigree. On one hand, Chevrolet is offering huge versatility in its vehicle lineup. Dodge is focusing on making tarmac shattering machines, stuffing them with immense power.

2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

In this case, as well, the Camaro ZL1 Coupe receives the biggest threat from the Dodge Challenger SRT HellcatThe Dodge generates 67 horsepower more than the ZL1 and that too while packing enough cargo space in the boot. However, the Zl1 is a better handling car than the Challenger, any day. 

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe vs. Lexus RC F 

The main downside of the RC F is the 5.0L V8 engine that puts out 472 hp along with 395 lb.-ft of torque. These figures give a good lead to the ZL1 in terms of power output. While in a 0-60, the RC F will mostly be getting a good glance of the Camaro ZL1’s tail lamps with 4.2 seconds 0-60 time.

2020 Lexus RC F 

However, the RC F comes out as a proper sports coupe that dons the utilitarian character decently with efficient mpg figures and a better cabin and cargo volume. 

2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Final Verdict

The 2020 Camaro ZL1 is a car trying its best to become a track monster while still carrying all its muscle power characters. The Chevy Camaro used to be an iconic muscle car though the modern-day Camaro is mutated to a Sports car. Yes, it has flexed its muscles to be more nimble and shaped for optimum aerodynamic just to harness the insane power.

The massive V8 engine putting out 650 horses pulling this godly chariot will impress a lot of people. Though the car lacks the utility prospects and presents the owner with a confined cabin and cargo space. Coming onto a final verdict, the ZL1 is everything you can ask a modern-day muscle car to be along with track credibility.

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