Cars Coming Soon->550-HP Camaro ZL1

2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

I was going to use this post today to talk about a new Infiniti concept coming to Geneva, a “mystery vehicle” promised by Ford and maybe a cool-looking electric sports car from Nissan.

But then I caught wind of a little something called the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and all those great intentions flew right out the open window next to me, replaced by visions of a 550-hp firebreathing Camaro that debuted yesterday at the Chicago Auto Show.

Suddenly no other car news today really matters all that much to me…

1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Dubbed the highest-performing model and the most technically sophisticated Camaro in the car’s rich 45-year history, the ZL1 (which we thought would be called the Z28) gets its name from Chevy’s all-aluminum racing engine from the late 1960s, which was installed into just 69 regular-production, and now legendary, ’69 Camaros.

The ZL1 packs an LSA 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that should produce a monster 550 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque. That power will go through a six-speed manual transmission with a dual-disc clutch system and a shorter-throw shifter. GM isn’t releasing performance numbers yet, but with 550 ponies under the hood, and a certain GT500 to beat, we expect greatness.

As if the supercharged V8 weren’t enough, the ZL1 also gets a series of chassis upgrades, including a revised suspension with a Magnetic Ride Control system and high-performance Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers up front. Twenty-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Goodyear Supercar F2 tires are the finishing performance touches.

A new front fascia, with four foglights, takes away some of the cartoonish lines of the standard Camaro, and a hood with a carbon fiber middle incorporates functional air extractors and is finished in satin black.

Pricing should start around $47K, but whatever it is, this car could very well give the GT500 some bowtie-inspired nightmares. The ZL1 goes on sale in February 2012.

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  1. Camaro will reign superiority again! The new one looks hott but I think it should push more than 600 hp though. The 69 was a beast though was said to push 450 cuz of insurance but was found to push 600 on the dyno. I mean out of the showroom hitting the 10 second barrier on the quarter craziness? You bet! And they said Shelby Cobras were the fastest muscle cars out there? Guess again…. it was the Zl1 who took the title :)

  2. O.k…for some reason next year around this month I think I’ll be doing some test driving. Oh..I dont know, maybe a freakin’ awesome Camaro, maybe a ZL1..hmmm, yeah I think so.

    American Muscle…Love It.

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