2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 produces 580 horsepower


General Motors has just released new photos and details on the new 2012 Camaro ZL1. The muscle car is powered by a more potent engine along with a traction control system to keep the car at bay during high speed twists and turns.

Under the hood, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is equipped with a revised 6.2-liter V8 supercharged engine along with enhanced components such as a 1.9L Roots supercharger with four rotor lobes supplied by Eaton, and larger intercooler as well. According to GM, this beastly engine is now capable of delivering 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful production Camaro ever. The engine is also equipped with an oil cooler and a cooling system for the rear differential lock, which is used to distribute the torque properly.

“The Camaro ZL1 delivers supercar performance and technology in the sports-car segment,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “For sheer power, the ZL1 delivers more horsepower than a Ferrari 458, more torque than an Aston Martin DB9 V12, and a better power-to-weight ratio than a Porsche 911 Carrera GTS.

For power transfer, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will be offered with 6-speed manual gearbox or automatic transmission with three programming modes: ‘Drive’ for optimum fuel consumption, ‘Sport’ for more aggressing driving, and ‘Manual’ for true manual control with no automatic up shifts to provide maximum controlled performance.

In addition to the power enhancements, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 comes with the latest Performance Traction Management system that features a magnetic ride suspension. The Performance Traction Management system is rather sophisticated, which allows you to adjust the suspension, launch control, traction control and electronic stabilization program with a default of 5 seconds. While the magnetic ride suspension provides a comfortable ride for daily driving, it also has precise body control that makes the ZL1 easier to tackle the track.

“The Camaro ZL1 also features exclusive chassis and traction technologies,” Oppenheiser said, “to offer the best of all worlds – including balanced handling for the track, acceleration for a drag strip, and the comfort of a daily driver.”

General Motors has not announced pricing or availability of the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 yet. We’ll post the information as soon as it available in a few weeks. Meanwhile, you can check out the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in action below.