16 October 2019, By Mater Lotteries
Our Favourite 3 Things About the 2019 Camaro ZL1
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Who doesn’t love a brand-new 2019 Camaro ZL1? It’s stylish, bold, powerful, historic, and sure to rule whatever road it meets.
But if you forced us to list the 3 things we love most about the ZL1 Camaro 2019 model, these are the ones we’d choose.
1) The V8 Symphony
The tenor of the 2019 Camaro ZL1’s V8 coupled with the soprano of the supercharger. Not a lot of engines can sing in harmony.
2) Its Australian DNA
This car wasn’t popped on a plane from the US and wished the best of luck. The ZL1 Camaro 2019 model was specifically re-engineered by HSV for Australia. It’s got all the same power and legacy of its American forefathers, but it’s been given the toughness to last in our rugged conditions.
3) The Car’s Legacy
A muscle car means nothing if it doesn’t carry a legacy. And with the Chevrolet Camaro, every detail links back to some of the richest pages in automotive history.
Back in the 1960s, it was the Mustang who ruled the roads. There’s no doubt that in the muscle market, Ford was flying, and Chevrolet was choking. That was until reports started emerging in 1965 that Chevrolet had a work of art in the pipelines, simply known by the codename “Panther”.
The Name “Camaro”
Around a year later, their masterpiece was almost ready to be revealed to the world. The last piece left to the puzzle was its name. Bob Lund (Chevrolet Merchandising Manager) and Ed Rollett (GM Vice President) found the word “camaro” in a French-English dictionary, as a sort of slang word meaning “friend”. The word fit their rolling theme of cars beginning with the letter “C”, and it also fit the personality they wanted the car to have. It wasn’t just a machine – it was a comrade.
When the car was unveiled, the automotive press clearly wasn’t as familiar with their French-English dictionaries. But when they asked Chevrolet bosses “what is a Camaro?”, they were given a less-than-expected answer:
“A small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs.”
At that moment, a rivalry was born.
The Camaro on the Track
The Mustang had built its legacy not just on the open roads, but on the track. And it made sense that if Chevrolet was going to maintain any credibility, they would have to accomplish similar feats.
They quickly partnered with Roger Penske to operate a team in the Trans-Am Series – a gruelling and challenging series of track races across the USA. The Chevrolet kicked off what was known as the “Golden Age” of the sport with back-to-back championships in 1968-69.
Locally, Bob Jane was burning rubber (instead of selling it) in the Australian Touring Car Championships. In 1971 and 1972, he too went back to back – claiming straight championships in the Chevrolet Camaro.
More recently, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was debuted in NASCAR on 18 February, 2018. On debut, in front of the world, Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500, starting the ZL1’s racing life with a win.
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