Official fuel economy numbers for the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 have been published, and it’s rather thirsty. Fortunately buyers of the 650 horsepower pony car aren’t likely to really care that their small, light coupe only gets 20 mpg highway, but they may cringe at the gas guzzler tax applied to the car.
According to the EPA’s website the ZL1 with the six-speed manual gearbox will be rated at 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway. One would assume the car’s all-new 10-speed automatic version would garner higher ratings than the shift-it-yourself option, but more ratios doesn’t spell more efficiency in this case. The automatic ZL1 is wearing ratings of 12 mpg city and 20 mpg highway – worse than the manual.
Because both versions have such dismal fuel economy figures, all ZL1’s will be subject to a gas guzzler tax of $2,100 and $1,300 for the automatic and manual, respectively. The manual amount could climb higher than $1,300 depending on how the EPA rates it.
Oddly enough the Corvette Z06 with the same engine has slightly higher fuel economy at 13 mpg and 23 mpg highway with only an eight-speed automatic.
But really, no one is probably going to care about this.