Brad Leach | Aug 9, 2016

A supercharged 6.2-litre V8 (from the Corvette ZR1) delivering 485kW/870Nm to the rear wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission and zero to 100km/h in 3.6 seconds.

Do we have your attention?

That’s the inside word on the latest sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – the most powerful Camaro the world has seen.

The latest Chevy muscle car has been the subject of never-ending speculation about its possible production in right-hand-drive and launch in Australia.

GM’s overseas operations chief Stefan Jacoby has much on his plate to build a presence in Australia after the end of local Holden production – he understands the history of V8 muscle cars in this market and made some encouraging remarks at the New York Motor Show earlier this year - but it would be a long-odds bet for the ZL1 entering right-hand-drive production and launching in Australia any time soon.

But in the meantime we can keep the dream alive…

First-up, we have the technically fascinating 10-speed close-ratio (7.39 overall ratio) automatic transmission with steering wheel paddle-shifters. If this sounds familiar it’s actually a transmission co-developed with Ford which first saw the light of day in the rip-snorting F-150 Raptor pickup.

Or you can opt for a six-speed manual transmission with automatic rev-matching throttle-blipping downchanges.

Then we have the adjustable ‘Magnetic Ride dampers, electronic limited slip differential, Chev’s ‘Performance Traction Management’ system and huge Brembo brakes.

Keeping all of this muscle glued to the road are Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tyes (285/30ZR20 at the front and 305/30ZR20 at the rear) – a specific construction for the Camaro ZL1.

Inside, look for excellent leather/suede trimmed Recaro sports seats, some carbon-fibre dashboard trim, nice suede inserts for the door trims and a large free-standing centre multi-function LCD screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.

Styling is brilliant – a contemporary muscle car look with obvious Camaro cues. But don’t be too misty-eyed there…this thing looks just as a Camaro should but also presents a race track and wind tunnel-tuned aerodynamic package including black side skirts, massive diffuser and bootlid wing.

Naturally this is a car Australians would love (we’d also love the Shelby GT version of the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger Hellcat)… it’s OK to dream isn’t it?

MORE: Ford Mustang To Share 10-Speed Automatic With Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
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