The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE gets a new gearbox for 2019

From six-speed manual to 10-speed automatic
by Vijay Pattni | Jan 31, 2019
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If you live your life one-half second at a time, prepare for some excellent news: The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE now comes with a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Before, it, um, didn’t.

We’re told that with this fast-shifting new gearbox fitted, the car laps GM’s 4.7km Milford Road course “more than one-half second” faster than a Camaro ZL1 1LE with the—until now—standard fit six-speed manual. Chevy hasn’t detailed how many ‘one-half seconds’ the new 10-speed ZL1 1LE takes to go from 0-60mph, but the six-speeder does it in seven ‘one-half seconds.’ That’s 3.5sec, just so we’re clear.

Why give a track-honed manual car an auto-shifter? Because this new gearbox “is optimized for speed.” Much work has been done to make it feel racier—calibrations, traction management, and so forth—and indeed, Chevy reckons that on a longer course like That One In Germany, you’ll be able to shave several ‘one-half seconds’ off a lap time compared to a manual gearbox ZL1 1LE. Sweet.

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In any case, it’s a good excuse to remind yourself how cool the ZL1 1LE looks. Here it is—though with a six-speeder—moments after the words “watch this” may have been uttered.

Once again, for those at the back.

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And yes, Mr. Wayne, it does come in black.

Now go read our first drive of the track-honed manual muscle car here.

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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