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The Camaro ZL1 Is Very Thirsty, Even With 10 Gears

The Camaro ZL1 Is Very Thirsty, Even With 10 Gears

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.


About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. JBsC6
    The new 650 hp ZL1 with the A10 is awesome. The gas mileage is inconsequential.

    For 60 grand it ll take out exotics costing many times as much.
    Eh, my current ride gets about 13mpg, and doesn't even do me the courtesy of making 650hp.
    This is yet another case where the old adage about asking about the cost of gas applies.

    Hooning through 10 gears should prove to be interesting.
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