We all agree that most of the time, when talking about the latest car tech we are talking about Europe, the US or Asia. Nobody usually gives a look to the Land down under. Australia. So in this post let's do something about that. Let's talk about something exciting from Australia. P. S. This post can get a little technical.
Recently, the news broke that General Motors had trademarked the ZL1 name in the Australian market. While it could be a simple move to protect that name, it seems very possible that the Chevrolet Camargo which is marketed in Australia by the Holden Special Vehicles division and could be offered in ZL1 trim. Should that happen, the Camaro ZL1 will be one of the most powerful vehicles sold in Australia, but more importantly, it will be far more powerful than the Ford Mustang offered in that market.
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the United States is powered by the supercharged LT4, which delivers 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque via the buyer’s choice of a 6-speed manual or the new 10-speed automatic transmission. It is the most powerful Camaro ever and aside from the new Corvette ZR1, the Camaro ZL1 is the most-powerful road-going Chevrolet car ever (offering the same power as the C7 Z06).
Since the Camaro and Corvette have never been officially offered by Chevrolet in Australia, it is hard to guess as to how the output of the ZL1’s LT4 might be altered in preparing the engine for Aussie requirements, but we know that the Ford Mustang GT loses about 10 horsepower in Australian trim. The 2018 Mustang GT in the US offers 460 horsepower, but that same model in Australia offers 335kW, or 449 horsepower, so it loses about 11 horsepower or 2% of its power during the process of making it legal for Aussie road use.
If the Camaro ZL1 loses 2% of its power on its trip to Australia, it will offer somewhere in the area of 635 horsepower, which doesn’t have the same ring to it as 650 horsepower – but 635 would still make the Camaro ZL1 one of the nastiest cars on the Aussie roads. For those unsure, the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger are not available in Australia (not counting grey market imports), so the 707-horsepower Hellcat models aren't officially sold in that region by an automaker.