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…
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.
Camaro ZL1 or Shelby GT500?