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REVIEW: GT Spirit Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

American muscle has made a resurgence in recent years, the horsepower wars are once again alive and pumping fuel through our veins.  One car that is leading the pack of theobreds is the Chevrolet Camaro.  The pinnacle in performance is Camaro ZL1 – supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 donated by the Corvette Z06.  The 2019 variant will produce 650 horsepower with a top speed on 190 mph.  Just nuts!  So it was only fitting one would be produced in scale.  The team at GT Spirit was up to the task, we have their version of the 1:18 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 under the microscope today.

Out of the box, the Metallic Hyper Blue OEM paint is absolutely striking.  The paint work doesn’t stop there.  This particular scale model features the optional High-gloss Black stripping from front to rear, again execution here is solid.  The lower section of the car features the same Black elements too.  The complete package really makes a truly attractive specimen.

Shutlines and panel gaps are on point for this sealed, resin example.  Overall high marks are given for capturing the intricate design elements and body lines of the original.  If and when you see this model in person you’ll understand fully.

The front of the Camaro ZL1 is occupied mostly by a massive grille and lower extended chin spoiler.  GT Spirit was very smart in adding a perforated grille here.  You can see some of the cooling components.  And ZL1 badge is in check too.  The upper section is solid piece though, but the Chevrolet wind tie bow is ready to rumble!

Nice definition on the lower left/right intakes with running lights as well as the main headlights.  If there was one miss it would be the overall depth of the bumper, in our opinion, it should extend outwards slightly more.

If you price one of the ZL1’s on the Chevrolet website you will be inundated with a host of options.  The options list seems to be endless!!  Not sure if this is wrong or right, but should the centre hood scoop should be carbon fibre or is paint a possible option?  Either way the execution here is still on point.  Note the ZL1 badges on each side.

The rear is as aggressive as the front.  Top spoiler continues with the Black stripe theme.  The lower section is dominated by dual exhaust tips left and right.  Our favourite element too, the workmanship is very good, authentic and life-like in appearance.  Parking sensors are found here and the centre licence plate is a nice touch.

The wheels are in typical GT Spirit form, just brilliant.  The gun-metal like paint and the multi-spoke wheel design are truly baller on the Camaro.  Braking components are nicely executed and the rotors feature surface scratches to emulate braking.  Well done!  ZL1 badge on front calipers and bow ties in the centre of each wheel complete the package.

Inside the interior is all business.  We apologize in advance for our poor photo skills.  Our example is dressed in a Grey/Black theme with Silver elements on door cards and centre console.  Seat-belts are completed in Red and found front and rear.  Though all the elements of the interior are found and definition is good, the model does fall short on representing the available Alcantara interior bits and other textured materials.  Also, there is on carpeting found either and the Recaro decal is missing within the headrest of the seats.

I think most of us would say American muscle has never looked so good!  And horsepower is up to speed too.  GT Spirit’s version of the 1:18 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is an excellent example in scale.  Exterior paint, overall lines, and wheels are top quality.  The model, however, does fall a little short on the interior side, and we don’t have access to the V-8 monster under the hood either.  Price wise, it is priced to sell.  99 Euro or approximately $120US or less.  Value for $$ this Camaro ZL1 truly excels and will make a welcomed addition to any American sports car collection.  Enjoy the pics!

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8 Responses to "REVIEW: GT Spirit Chevrolet Camaro ZL1"

  1. SPhilli911 says:

    Very nice, seems to me like GTS is working out the kinks with their quality control. Early GTS models were great, but somewhere along the line quality dipped. I am happy to see this positive review and future GTS releases.

  2. Stephane Demers says:

    Great one, own it in red. But you missed a major error on this car : the black hood scoop is way too small if we compare it to the real car. I’ve looked at many pictures and compared to it’s real life counterpart, it’s like if they had shrink it about 4-5 inches in every direction. A shame.

  3. Anthony White says:

    I have it in red…I think I like the blue one better…an all black would be awesome

  4. Anthony White says:

    Any pics or information on the black GT Spirit Camaro Exorcist?

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