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Watch the 2017 Camaro ZL1’s Fuel Gage Drop on a 173-MPH Top Speed Run

Chevy promises the new Camaro ZL1 will be a top-notch performer on a road course, but with 650 horsepower, it’ll always be at home on the drag strip. We haven’t even had the chance to drive a ZL1 ourselves (yet), but tuner John Hennessey got his hands on one for a straight line run. The result? It’s quick.

Hennessey’s ZL1 has a six-speed manual which, as we’ve previously reported, has an extremely tall first gear. The car will hit 60 mph in the top of first, but Hennessey short shifts just below redline at a speed of 51 mph.The ZL1 pulls to 173 mph in fifth gear, which Hennessey believes is the car’s top speed. That might sound like a low number for such a powerful car–especially, when the Cadillac it shares its engine with, the CTS-V, tops out at 200–but the gearing and aero package of the Camaro is vastly different than its brother from Cadillac. It’s also heavier and less aerodynamic than the Corvette Z06 it shares an engine with, so all of that could account for the top speed discrepancy.

Plus, there’s may be more high speed potential in the automatic-equipped ZL1, which has 10 gear ratios to play with. Or just the potential to shift more.This new ZL1 promises to be one of the most broadly capable Camaros ever, but it’s good to see it hasn’t lost its straight line abilities. We’re driving it in two weeks, so watch this space.


6 thoughts on “Watch the 2017 Camaro ZL1’s Fuel Gage Drop on a 173-MPH Top Speed Run”


  1. What did I miss? That fuel gauge didn’t budge and considering it waas just over an 1/8 of a tank and a ZLI fuel tank is tiny, that’s probably only about 1.8 US Gallons ( or about 1.5 real gallons).

    1. I grew up in the 60’s it was always a race with the speedometer and the fuel gauge….lol

  2. Err it didn’t move all that much?
    Get a classic car and brake hard it fills the tanks, accelerate hard and it’s empty

  3. I must have missed it, I didn’t see it move, someone must be watching the RPM


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