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Camaro ZL1

There’s still no mistaking it. The Dodge Demon remains the quickest production car that’s so far been built, but it’s also clear to see that it doesn’t take much for a sixth-generation Chevy Camaro ZL1 to catch up to one.

The owner of this blazing quick Camaro ZL1 explains in the video that the engine features upgrades to the headers, camshaft, E85 fuel system, methanol injection, and more. However, the supercharger, or blower, remains bone stock. All of the upgrades took about three months to complete, and the owner claims the dyno numbers to be 825 hp and 848 lb-ft of torque out of the ZL1’s 6.2L LT4 V8 engine. Its odometer is just shy of 1,500 miles.

According to the owner, who also operates a tuning shop called Killer Performance in Kansas City, this sixth-gen Camaro ZL1 is currently the fastest one out there with a stock blower. Per the video, shot at the Street Car Takeover happening at Maryland International Raceway, the fastest time for this super Chevy came in at 9.5 seconds at 142 miles per hour. The owner believes that with a heat exchanger upgrade, the record-setting Camaro ZL1 can make it into the 9.3 or 9.2-second range.

The Camaro ZL1 looks fully prepped for drag racing, with slicks in the back, skinnies in the front, roll cage on the inside, and a drag chute ready to deploy. The 10-speed equipped ZL1 launches like a gun off the line, even popping a wheelie – just like the 840 horsepower Dodge Demon. Also like the Demon, this Camaro runs 9’s, but even faster than the Mopar’s 9.8 second record.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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