Chevrolet would like you to meet the 2012 Camaro ZL1

It was made official last week the most powerful Camaro ever build will be called the ZL1 and will be for sale early next year as a 2012 model.   The Camaro ZL1 will feature the Corvette ZR1’s 6.2-liter supercharged engine which has been rumored to be outputting 580hp (as of Sept 8th this figure was confirmed) .  This would slot it perfectly right in between the Cadillac CTS-V’s 555 and the Corvette ZR1’s 640 horsepower.  It also means that this Camaro will be way up from the current SS model which is only outputting a measly 430hp.

From the outside there are some new visual clues that this is a special Camaro and thank fully there isn’t one transformers logo in sight.  What you can see is mostly at the front where a new carbon fiber Mohawk inspired hood venting system has been added, in addition to the Holden/Vauxhall vertical fog lights and a taller front grill that has been placed lower to direct more air into the engine compartment more aggressive.  Larger ceramic disk brakes with beefed up Brembo brake calipers have been added behind the improved wheels and tires.

By the time you get around back to see the rear air diffuser and trunk spoiler that is also all new you will gain an appreciation for all of the extras that this car can offer.  All in all, 1/3 of this Camaro has been redesigned from the car that it was based off of – the Camaro SS.  The 2012 Camaro ZL1 will be offered with both the ZR1’s 6-speed manual gear box as well as the CTS-V’s 6-speed automatic with steering wheel mounted shifters.

If you are interested in picking one up there has been no mention of price but I would easily guess that $10,000 on top of the current king of the Camaro hill the SS model wouldn’t be out of the question.  Either way production isn’t slated to start until the first quarter or 2012 which would make for a Spring to summer delivery date.


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