2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1 at Chicago Auto Show

ZL1

  • Competes with: Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
  • Looks like: A Camaro SS with an engine tumor
  • Drivetrain: 550-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine with six-speed manual transmission
  • Hits dealerships: Beginning of 2012

If people doubted Chevy would let the Mustang Shelby GT500 go unchallenged for long, they were wrong. Here it is — the ZL1.
 
Chevy says this beast of power is actually still in development, but it's ready to debut it at a major auto show. That’s because Chevy has experience with this powertrain: It’s the same monstrous, supercharged V-8 that powers Cadillac’s CTS-V lineup. In the ZL1, it will make 550 horsepower and 550 pounds-feet of torque routed through a six-speed Tremec transmission. All that power will go to the back wheels in an attempt to paint local roads black, two stripes at a time.

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The dual-mode exhaust should make the ZL1 plenty loud, while the Magnetic Ride Control suspension — also borrowed from Cadillac — won’t make the car completely unwieldy in daily-driving situations. It will have Tour and Sport selectable ride modes.
 
Unlike the Shelby GT500, the Camaro ZL1 will be available in all the same colors as the current Camaro, but with the black carbon-fiber hood cover, and the only interior color will be black. There are new 20-inch wheels and Goodyear Supercar F2 tires. (Yes that’s their name.)
 
Complementing what we expect to be a near-$50,000 price tag will be the goodies that typically come with the 2SS option package on the regular Camaro, including power seats, steering-wheel audio controls, Bluetooth, rear parking assist and camera, and a Boston Acoustics premium sound system. There will also be plenty of ZL1 badges inside and outside of this high-powered Camaro.
 
More images are below. We’ll have an up-close look very soon.

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Comments 

Jack Berkshire

Black seats are Boring!!!!

Jack Berkshire

Pls stay below CTS-V Pricing.

Skankzilla

Forced induction on a very large V8 always excites me. If I had $50k to blow, I'd buy this, even at risk of being called a rich redneck. In fact, I'd do a large burn-out right in front of your house. Yes, I'm like that. YEE-HAW!

Troy S.

MPG Rating?

jerry

if your worried about MPG then you should not be looking at this CAR

raymond j

The engine layout for this car looks good, another thing, the official design of the 2013 Chevy Corvette has been spotted on the front cover of Car and Driver magazine. The look overall is evolutionary but very nice.

omit

i wonder if there will be a AT version of this~

conrad#9

the looks of the car is beast i love the carbon fiber hood and the 550 horses under should be plenty to throw your head into the head rest but it would be nice to see the hp be pumped up to the 600's but i cant wate to see this beast leave some mustangs in the dust

2012 camaro sucks

looks like a freakin ford mustang from the side shots

thomas murray

Interesting...in the early 70s and late 60s the muscle cars were thought to be dinosaurs and the imports stole our auto market.now it is time for all the american auto makers to reclaim their rightful position as #1 HEY EVERYBODY BUY AMERICAN ....NOW... SAVE THE USA

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