Ever since 2014, the Chevrolet SS has been the face of GM in NASCAR's top-flight series. The SS might be in trouble, but Chevy isn't done with NASCAR racing. Today in Detroit, the automaker finally revealed the replacement for the SS, the 2018 Camaro ZL1 NASCAR Cup Car. GM Executive Vice President of Global Product Development Mark Reuss was joined by seven-time champion and Chevrolet and Monster Energy Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson at the car's reveal. The new car will hit the track next February at Daytona.
Like several NASCAR automobiles, this Camaro shares a resemblance to the road sports car. It looks more like a Camaro than the SS did with its road twin, but it shares similarities with every other car on the track. It has a 358-cubic-inch (5.9-liter) 90-degree pushrod V8 making it close to 900 horsepower.
This isn't the first Camaro to race in NASCAR, but it's the first time the ZL1 moniker has adorned the car's livery. A similar Camaro SS races in the lower-tier Xfinity Series. As fast as these two may be, we still prefer cars with closer connections to what we see in showrooms, like the new Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R.