Poll: Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 or Mercedes-AMG GT?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole


Which of these high-performance cars would YOU rather own?

At first glance, they’re not exactly ideal rivals, seeing that the AMG is, you know, nearly twice as expensive as the blue-collar Chevy. Still, the bow-tie coupe in this tossup gives its German rival a run for its proverbial money.

The ZL1 is motivated by a supercharged LT4 small block V8. Displacing a generous 6.2-liters, it delivers 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. Those goods are sent to the rear tires through either a Tremec six-speed manual gearbox or a 10-speed automatic.

Clocking in at 3,800 pounds and change, this alpha-dog Camaro can reach mile-a-minute speed in just 3.5 seconds and can eradicate that velocity in as little as 107 feet. The quarter-mile can be yours in just 11.4 seconds at 127 miles an hour. Talk about fast!

In base form, the Mercedes-AMG GT features a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that’s good for 456 horses and 443 torques. Hand assembled, this high-tech engine is matched to an advanced seven-ratio, dual-clutch automatic transmission.

This drivetrain combination yields 60 miles an hour in 3.9 seconds, with terminal velocity clocking in at 189 miles an hour. But of course, if you want more, Stuttgart offers several versions of this car that are even more muscular. The R version cranks out 577 horsepower from the same displacement, enough to match the ZL1’s sprint time.

The Camaro may offer bone-crushing performance, but it’s not as civilized as its old-world rival. The interior is a little on the cheap side and its sightlines are disastrous. In comparison, the Mercedes is far more luxurious inside and arguably more attractive on the outside, but is that worth the extra cost?

To get an AMG GT in your garage, plan on spending around $114,000. In comparison, the ZL 1 can be had for a comparatively inexpensive 64 grand. Which of these cars do YOU prefer? Make sure to compare them here for more information and don’t forget to vote in our poll!

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Nov 16, 2017

    Just my order of preference: -AMG GT R -ZL1- 1LE -AMG GT S -ZL1 -AMG GT AMG GT R is tops because it impossibly defeated the 911 Turbo S around Laguna Seca like Richard III unseating Henry Tudor's personal bodyguard and jousting champion Sir John Cheyne at the Battle Of Bosworth. Like oh no that did not just happen. ...but if they drop the ZR1's LT5 into the Camaro, then that would be tops for sure.