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The Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE now gets a ten-speed gearbox

Really, it’s just an excuse to look at cool pics of a tricked-out muscle car

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 ten-speed automatic gearbox. Before, it, um, didn’t.

We’re told that with this fast-shifting new gearbox fitted, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE laps GM’s 2.9-mile Milford Road course “more than one half second” faster than a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE with the – until now – standard fit six-speed manual.

Chevy hasn’t detailed how many ‘one half seconds’ the new ten-speed equipped ZL1 1LE takes to go from 0-60mph, but the six-speeder does it in seven ‘one half seconds’. That’s 3.5 seconds, just so we’re clear.

Why give a track-honed manual car an auto-shifter? Because this new ‘box “is optimised for speed”. Much work has been done to make it feel racier – calibrations, traction management and so forth – and indeed, Chevy reckons 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.

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 a ‘WATCH THIS’ may have been uttered.

Once again, for those at the back.

And yes Mr Wayne, it does come in black.

Now go read TG’s first drive of the track-honed muscle car, here.

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