2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 resurrected to the modern era


The most well remembered Camaro model is the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, which was the fastest and state of the art at its time. It featured a powerful all-aluminum 427-cubic-inch engine. And now Chevrolet is resurrecting its once mighty beast to the modern era as the 2012 Camaro ZL1.

The new 2012 Chevrolet ZL1 is equipped with a 6.2-liter LSA V8 engine that is coupled with a supercharger and intercooler to produce about 550 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. Now, that ought to make any grown man cry. The supercharged V8 engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission using a dual-disc clutch to properly engage those helfy torque. To control the speeding 2012 Camaro ZL1, Brembo brakes are used both front and back, with 14.6-inch rotors in the front along with six-piston calipers and 14.4-inch rotors at the rear along with four-piston calipers.

But Chevrolet didn’t build the 2012 Camaro ZL1 just for the track alone, it also added comfortable technology for those time you will be spending on the streets as well. Chevrolet fitted the 2012 Camaro ZL1 with an electrical power steering system and Magnetic Ride Control that has settings for “Tour” and “Sport” modes. And there is also a dual-mode exhaust system that changes the sound level at different engine rpm’s, so at normal speeds, it isn’t so loud.

Muscles without looks, and you would look like a beef-cake. To differentiate the Camaro ZL1 from other standard Camaros, Chevy added a new body kit. The new body kit includes a revised fascia with new front splitter, vertical fog lamps and air intakes that channel air to cool the front brakes. Noticeably, we see the raised aluminum hood to accommodate the supercharger; it has satin black color with carbon fiber insert that helps to increase downforce by directing the air flow over the car. As usual, a rear spoiler mounted in the rear also helps boost the downforce as well. To round out the looks, Chevrolet added 20-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Goodyear Supercar F2 tires developed mainly for the Camaro ZL1.

Expect to see the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 available at dealerships by the beginning of 2012. No pricing list has been released yet, but we estimated it to be around $45,000 and up since this will be a collector’s model.