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Post Transcript of Camaro ZL1 Q&A Webchat with Chevrolet

Wednesday February 9, 2011


David Caldwell:
Hello from the Chicago Auto Show. Big news today for Chevy Camaro, as we had the world premiere of the 2012 Camaro ZL1. I'm David Caldwell. Chief engineer Al Oppenhesier and mkt mgr John Fitzpatrick are alongside to answer your questions. We'll get as many in as we can in the next hr. Here we go....
Wednesday February 9, 2011 2:58 David Caldwell


[Comment From BaylorCamaroBaylorCamaro: ]
Is there any price indication for the ZL1?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 2:59 BaylorCamaro


John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
We are very excited about the most powerful Camaro -- ever!! Pricing will be announced later this year.
Wednesday February 9, 2011 2:59 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr


[Comment From LBLB: ]
Will dealers have any limits (ie, allocations) on orders they can fill for Camaro Zl1?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 2:59 LB


John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Similar to what we have done in the past, we will provide dealers with an estimated production guide number before we start to accept orders for the ZL1
Wednesday February 9, 2011 2:59 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr


[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
When will we know the nurburgring results?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 2:59 Guest


Al Oppenheiser:
Look for development/track results this Summer
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:00 Al Oppenheiser


[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
What is the second vehicle unveiled?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:00 Guest


[Comment From hvychvy970hvychvy970: ]
What's the Horsepower gain for the ZL1?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:01 hvychvy970


John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Actually the first car we unveiled, was a re-unveiling of the Indy Pace Car Replica Model and the announcement we were going to build 500 replica models.
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:01 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr


[Comment From anthonyanthony: ]
how do I submit my idea for the best ever Camaro commercial so you all can really sell some of these fine machines
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:01 anthony


Al Oppenheiser:
From the LS3 at 426 Hp, the ZL1 is estimated to be a minimum of 550 Hp.
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:01 Al Oppenheiser


David Caldwell:
We love getting ideas -- Camaro Facebook page is a great place for those.
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:02 David Caldwell


[Comment From JoshJosh: ]
Are there any plans for a convertible ZL1 at the moment?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:02 Josh
3:02


John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Do you think we should build a convertible ZL1?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:02 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:03


[Comment From BobBob: ]
Availability? Ford is almost rationing the Boss
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:03 Bob
3:03


John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
We do not think it will be nearly as rare as the Boss 302
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:03 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:03


[Comment From 93superzee2893superzee28: ]
when can dealers start accepting orders?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:03 93superzee28
3:04


John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Order acceptance by dealers should come in Q4 of this year
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:04 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:04


[Comment From BaylorCamaroBaylorCamaro: ]
What about weight of the new ZL1?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:04 BaylorCamaro
3:04


[Comment From mike Schroedermike Schroeder: ]
Why didn't the ZL1 debut at the detroit show?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:04 mike Schroeder
3:05


[Comment From WhitneyWhitney: ]
Hello, will there be an auto trans in the ZL1
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:05 Whitney
3:05


Al Oppenheiser:
We have strategically gone after mass savings on the ZL1, such as the Wheels and Tires are 22 lbs less than the LS3 Wheels and Tires. The Carbon Fiber 'Mowhawk' is aimed at mass reduction, all to compensate for the additional mass of the Supercharger, Suspension upgrades, etc.
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:05 Al Oppenheiser
3:05


John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Do you think we should offer an automatic trans on the ZL1?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:05 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:05


[Comment From Mike baileyMike bailey: ]
When can we order the ZL1?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:05 Mike bailey
3:05


John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Ordering of the ZL1 will start in Q4 of this year
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:05 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:06


David Caldwell:
Schr - We did the world debut of the all-new Sonic in Detroit. That's a real important new car coming this year. And we are launching Camaro Convertible now....So we have a lot of stories, a good problem to have
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:06 David Caldwell
3:06


[Comment From slsl: ]
will it only be available in manual or will there be an automatic
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:06 sl
3:06


Al Oppenheiser:
There will be no limitation on production volume due to emissions
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:06 Al Oppenheiser
3:07


[Comment From Guest Guest: ]
How do you see the ZL1 positioning you against your competition, and do you feel its important for GM to be in this kind of Auto Segment, market place today.
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:07 Guest
3:07


[Comment From Rudy Rudy: ]
Are there still plans to bring a Z/28 into the picture to compete with the Mustang Boss 302?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:07 Rudy
3:08


[Comment From SH SH: ]
Is is safe to assume that these will be the final Horsepower and Torque ratings?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:08 SH
3:08

David Caldwell:
SH - No, these are not the final power ratings ("estimated 550.) But that's a real good estimate....Final testing occurs later this year.
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:08 David Caldwell
3:08

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Rudy, Camaro has a great lexicon of names available, and we continue to evaluate and evolve the brand. We thought ZL1 fit the most powerful Camaro best.
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:08 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:09


[Comment From Mauricio Mauricio: ]
Can we expect to see the ZL1 at the Camaro5 fest?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:09 Mauricio
3:09

Al Oppenheiser:
I fully expect the competition to be in our Rear view mirror! I feel that to push the Camaro performance and technology to the limits is right and necessary, because at GM we don't just want to compete, we want to Win!
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:09 Al Oppenheiser
3:09

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
i - all I can say at this point is wait and see.
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:09 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:09


[Comment From Tysen Tysen: ]
Will this be a limited production like in the past with the Zl1 moniker?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:09 Tysen
3:10

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Tysen -- we will build many more than 69 ZL1s...
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:10 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:10


[Comment From Samuel L Jackson Samuel L Jackson: ]
Is there anything I can do to get one for free, that would be awesome. Plus I hate Mustangs
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:10 Samuel L Jackson
3:11


[Comment From Scott Scott: ]
I just want to say congrats, you guys hit a home run.
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:11 Scott
3:11

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Scott:
Thank you very much!!!
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:11 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:11

Al Oppenheiser:
Samuel L, you were great in Pulp Fiction!
Thanks for being a Camaro Fan!
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:11 Al Oppenheiser
3:11


[Comment From Matt Sturtevant Matt Sturtevant: ]
Is the supercharger the same one on the ZR1 Corvette?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:11 Matt Sturtevant
3:12


[Comment From Jack Jack: ]
is the version presented today the absolutely final rendition of the car??
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:12 Jack
3:12

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Jack -- it is very close
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:12 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:12

Al Oppenheiser:
Matt, the Eaton Supercharger is the next generation, meant to support both low end torque and high end Horsepower performance.
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:12 Al Oppenheiser
3:13


[Comment From Dan Dan: ]
GREAT car!! Please tell me you guys will be offering an automatic for the ZL1! I can't get this car if the wife cant enjoy it too. Give us poor married guys the option PLEASE!!
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:13 Dan
3:13


[Comment From Scott Koscik Scott Koscik: ]
Will any of the 500 replica Indy 500 models be available with the manual transmission?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:13 Scott Koscik
3:13

David Caldwell:
Scott - Yes, Indy Pace Car replilcas can be had with the manual trans
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:13 David Caldwell
3:14

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Dan -- We continue to look at different configurations, but no announcement today on an automatic.
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:14 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:15


[Comment From Anthony Anthony: ]
Oh and CAMARO>mustang all day
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:15 Anthony
3:15

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Anthony... Agreed!!
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:15 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:15


[Comment From Blake Blake: ]
Will more carbon fiber be used like on ZR1 for the ZL1?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:15 Blake
3:15

Al Oppenheiser:
The Aluminum Hood insert is made of Carbon Fiber, Blake. We call it the 'Mowhawk' internally. It helps reduce front end mass, in addition to incorporating hood extracters to help motor compartment cooling
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:15 Al Oppenheiser
3:16

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Scott... Check out "chevy.com/camaro-zl1"
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:16 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:17


[Comment From CamaroFan CamaroFan: ]
Is the suede interior standard or an option?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:17 CamaroFan
3:17

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
CamaroFan... The suede will be an option for the interior
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:17 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:17

David Caldwell:
For those joining a little late - let me reiterate answer to questions on price and timing. Price not announced yet, still working on that. Timing is start of 2012.
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:17 David Caldwell
3:18


[Comment From Gene Gene: ]
Both a convertible and auto trans option would be great!
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:18 Gene
3:18


[Comment From Lawrence Lawrence: ]
what is the wheel/tire size
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:18 Lawrence
3:18

Al Oppenheiser:
Robert, 30 % of the car was redesigned from the SS, most of which are driveline components. We want to make sure that whatever a ZL1 customer would put the car through will make them smile as they win at the track or strip.
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:18 Al Oppenheiser
3:18

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Gene... Thanks to everyone on the comments regarding auto trans... It's good to see such a strong demand for an auto and a convertible.
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:18 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:19


[Comment From Charles Charles: ]
How do you think this will impact sales of the Corvette?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:19 Charles
3:19


[Comment From radz28 radz28: ]
Are there going to be limits on colors?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:19 radz28
3:19

Al Oppenheiser:
Lawrence, The wheels/tires are 285/35R20 in the front, 305/35R20 in the rear, on 10 inch front wheels and 11 inch rear wheels
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:19 Al Oppenheiser
3:20

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
ArdZ28 - we expect the full Camaro color palette will be available on the ZL1
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:20 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:20

David Caldwell:
Charles - Corvette is a very different car in a lot of ways. 2 seats vs 4, for starters. And Vette has incredible performance, design, tech that is all its own
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:20 David Caldwell
3:21


[Comment From Chris Chris: ]
is there gonna be a different interior option if customers do not want the suede?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:21 Chris
3:21


[Comment From Michael Michael: ]
What other autoshows will we be able to see the new ZL1?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:21 Michael
3:22

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Chris -- the suede interiior will be an option. The standard interior is our leather-appointed interior



[Comment From Jeff Jeff: ]
I am a sales manager at a chevy dealer. When will you offer a more unique color and wheel selection. Also some different interior packages. How about some hideaway headlamps?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:22 Jeff
3:23


[Comment From bleedingcobra bleedingcobra: ]
Will there be any new colors available?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:23 bleedingcobra
3:23

David Caldwell:
Michael - Yes, ZL1 will go to a few major auto shows. Though not all of them. If you sign up to receive more info on Chevy.com/camaro, we'll tell you when/if it's coming to your area


[Comment From tomzcam tomzcam: ]
You mentioned no price yet but are you concerned that we could achieve alot more HP and Torque for a very affordable price through aftermarket parts?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:23 tomzcam
3:23

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Jeff -- we are always looking to enhance the Camaro, be it a ZL1, LT or SS... Exterior color is important and we continue to look at colors that help the Camaro stand out (i.e., Synergy Green).
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:23 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:24


[Comment From Mike white Mike white: ]
Is the magnetic suspension an option or standard equip?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:24 Mike white
3:24

Al Oppenheiser:
Mike, the MR suspension will be standard on all ZL1's, which having driven one myself, will elevate this car beyond all others in the segment.
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:24 Al Oppenheiser
3:24

David Caldwell:
Tomzcam - People "tuning" their own cars via the aftermarket is great. We love that....We sell a lot of Performance Parts, as do many good aftermarket companies


[Comment From Tyler Tyler: ]
What are the differences between the ZL1 and the SS2?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:24 Tyler
3:25


[Comment From Dave P. Dave P.: ]
I really like the positioning of the boost gauge, but did you add any data to the DIC?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:25 Dave P.
3:25

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Tyler -- some of the difference between SS and ZL1 is new front fasica, hood with carbon fiber insert and real air extractors, dual mode exhaust, and 4 pack gauge pkg that include boost reading...
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:25 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:25

Al Oppenheiser:
We are going to be offering some purposeful features in the DIC and HUD that you will enjoy, Dave
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:25 Al Oppenheiser
3:25


[Comment From Future ZL1 Owner Future ZL1 Owner: ]
Why 4 fog lights?


David Caldwell:
GRTONE - we're listening to the input on auto trans...but no decision yet on that
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:26 David Caldwell
3:27

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Future ZL1 Owner - One set of lamps are Daytime Running Lamps, the other set is operable fog lamps.
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:27 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:27


[Comment From Russ Russ: ]
Is the center black stripe optional?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:27 Russ
3:27


[Comment From Andy Andy: ]
Hey Al, this is your C Norton's future son in law. I will be getting my camaro in the next couple months and I cant wait! Ill just be getting a SS but this looks sweet!
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:27 Andy
3:27

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Russ - yes, the center stripe will be an option


3:27

David Caldwell:
Scott - Great question on road racing. No plan for us to do a "factory" race program yet. But fun to think about...
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:27 David Caldwell
3:27


[Comment From Toesuf94 Toesuf94: ]
Congrats on a beautiful addition to the Camaro Line-up.
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:27 Toesuf94
3:28

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Toesuf94 -- thank you!!!
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:28 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:28

Al Oppenheiser:
I'm glad I did such a good sales job in the driveway with you and Jessica, Andy. I am going to hold you to buying one. Just ask your rich future father in law for the money!
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:28 Al Oppenheiser
3:28


[Comment From Justin Hays Justin Hays: ]
Are there 0-60 or 1/4 mile track times yet?


John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Justin Hays -- will be sharing performance data over the next few months.. Would suggest signing up for more information on chevy.com/camaro-zl1
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:29 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:29


[Comment From TXZ28 TXZ28: ]
Will any of the technology used in the ZL1 trickle down to the SS or V6 models?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:29 TXZ28
3:29


[Comment From SUX2BU SUX2BU: ]
Are these lighter wheels still 20's or are you going down in diameter size?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:29 SUX2BU
3:29

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
SUX2BU - Yes, they are 20" wheels
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:29 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:29


[Comment From Carroll Shelby Carroll Shelby: ]
When can I get one??


John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Carroll Shelby - we'll be happy to welcome you to the family next Spring 2012
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:30 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:30


[Comment From Hoads Hoads: ]
I have many requests for the availability of a touch screen navigation for the Camaro. Will this be an option?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:30 Hoads
3:30


[Comment From Greg Samuels Greg Samuels: ]
I'm a little confused I guess but why put the iconic ZL1 badge on the car when it doesn't even have an all aluminum 427 powerplant? Was it not the engine that was the original designation?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:30 Greg Samuels
3:30

Al Oppenheiser:
The great thing about the ZL1 having so much performace and technology is that we can look at other Camaro opportunities on the SS and V6's to incorporate as appropriate. We are always looking!


[Comment From 2006 LS2 SC GTO 2006 LS2 SC GTO: ]
Bluetooth standard?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:30 2006 LS2 SC GTO
3:31

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Hoades - Camaro has a navigational system... Every 2011 Camaro come with turn-by-turn navigation through OnStar.. And on our HUD equipped vehicles, the direction project right on the windshield..
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:31 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:31

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
2006 LS2 SC GTO - yes!!!
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:31 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:31


[Comment From Andy Andy: ]
Haha, ill get my own! Ill stop by when it finally happens
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:31 Andy
3:31


[Comment From Josh R Josh R: ]
Will an option be available to have "Mustang Eater" engraved in the bumper?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:31 Josh R
3:31

Al Oppenheiser:
Great, Andy. Thanks for chatting. See you at your wedding
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:31 Al Oppenheiser
3:31

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Josh R - Great suggestion... Not anytime soon...
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:31 John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr
3:32

David Caldwell:
Greg - You're exactly right, ZL1 was originally name of 427 aluminum engine, a technical marvel when it came out. No, the displacement of this one is not the same as that....But this new car is very high tech, very high power, so aligned in this philosophical way
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:32 David Caldwell


[Comment From Cruz Cruz: ]
To Mr Oppenheiser...awesome new ZL1. Now I have to convince mom and dad to get one. Shouldn't be too hard!! Cruz

Al Oppenheiser:
Is this Cruz that I met at Baker's? If so, your Mom and Dad need to buy one of these Zl1's
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:32 Al Oppenheiser


[Comment From Tyler Tyler: ]
Was Z28 ever considered as the name or was it ZL1 from the get go?


David Caldwell:
John B - we have a ton of questions, so thx for your patience. No plan today for a 302 per se. But we're not done with ideas and improvements
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:33 David Caldwell

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Tyler... We considered all kinds of names for this beast -- but ZL1 rose to the top as the best fit


[Comment From Howie Howie: ]
Will there be a ZL1 exclusive exterior available?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:34 Howie

David Caldwell:
Thanks to everyone for your patience - we have close to 1,000 people online. Which is awesome. But we can only type so fast....So thx for your patience?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:34 David Caldwell

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Howie - there will be interior pieces that will be exclusive to the ZL1


[Comment From 93superzee28 93superzee28: ]
are there any plans for an anniversary edition on any of the camaro's?
Wednesday February 9, 2011 3:35 93superzee28

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
David Driver... Glad to read you made the right choice...

David Caldwell:
A few questions on the upcoming Anniversary of Camaro. Thinking of some plans there....but nothing to report just yet


[Comment From Ironhead Ironhead: ]
just logged on, am I reading this correctly? ZL1 is what all who have been waiting for the arrival of the Z28 is called ZL1? or will there be another model called Z28


[Comment From camaro enthusiast camaro enthusiast: ]
To Mr Oppenhieser I convinced my dad to buy a 2010 Red Jewel Tincoat L99 Camaro SS last year when I was 11 and I think I can convince him to buy the new ZL1 maybe a cyber gray metallic one.


John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Ironhead... We continue to work on evolving Camaro. Regarding Z28, all I can say is stay tuned...


[Comment From Stu Stu: ]
Is the steering wheel in the photo's going to be on the production cars?


Al Oppenheiser:
You are a great child! Hopefully your dad will let you drive the ZL1 someday soon! Thanks for the enthusiasm!


[Comment From Terry Terry: ]
Will the ZL1 come with NPP exhaust ?


John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Stu... The showcar we unveiled is close to our production model, but we reserve the right to make changes before the car goes into production...


John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Terry --- Our exhaust features dual mode similar to the Corvette... Yes!!


[Comment From Gil Gil: ]
David or John will the onboard display be digital or will it still be the same no touch? Can there be a rear camera added or be part of the standard equipment.


John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Gil -- the ZL1 will have a rear view camera standard...


[Comment From CrimsonHowitzer CrimsonHowitzer: ]
Was the rear spoiler born from functionality or styling?


[Comment From Patt Patt: ]
Is there any changes made in the drivetrain at all?


[Comment From Eric Eric: ]
Where is the rear camera located specifically?


David Caldwell:
Patt - yes a huge number of changes in the drivetrain, in order to apply the tremendous power of the LSA engine smoothly

Al Oppenheiser:
The rear spoiler was designed from many hours of wind tunnel work, looking to get the front splitter and rear spoiler to net a vehicle that makes downforce. Thanks for asking.

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Eric -- the camera is located just above the license plate area


[Comment From KentWatkins KentWatkins: ]
No comment on the Z28 then? The Z28 was brought out to battle the Boss Mustang back in the Trans Am days.

[Comment From 1BAADSS 1BAADSS: ]
Great addition! Thanks so much guys! Keep up the fine work!

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
KentWatkins.. I think it is very interesting to note that history of the Z28 and its comparison to Boss 302...


[Comment From bobby bobby: ]
Normal Warranty or shorter?


[Comment From joe C joe C: ]
will the front bumper and T3 duct lighting be interchangeable with the 2010 -11 camaros and the current T3 ducts out in the market? fourth attempt


John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Bobby - Normal warranty terms...


[Comment From Mitchell Mitchell: ]
Is the new camaro zl1 going to be made on a assembly line?



[Comment From Ben Ben: ]
Go to http://www.chevrolet.com/camaro-zl1/ it has all the info there. Yes it is what we have been waiting for.


John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Mitchell -- yes, the ZL1 will be made on the line at Oshawa, Canada

Al Oppenheiser:
One third of the ZL1 was redesigned from the SS it was based from. The front fascia/splitter/Hood are not interchangeable with the current SS.


[Comment From radz28 radz28: ]
Beyond what one would expect regarding adding weight for the SC, the supporting components, and beefier drivetrain components, were there any significant chassis measures taken beyond the strut tower brace we see?

Al Oppenheiser:
radz28, there was over one third of the Camaro redesigned for the ZL1, most of which were suspension and driveline components. Tough to see these when the car is on a stage or pedestal, but take my word, the extra work is worth it.


[Comment From Army Trucker RS Army Trucker RS: ]
Will The ZL1 Be going Up against the Shelby GT500??

[Comment From Kevin Kevin: ]
Has the ZL1 done any testing at Nurburgring or do you have any plans of testing it there?

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Army Trucker RS -- I think the question is will the Shelby GT500 be able to keep up with the ZL1

Al Oppenheiser:
We have not only been to the Nurburgring, but extensive Autobahn testing, VIR track testing, Spring Mountain, Beaver Run, Milford and Yuma proving grounds already, and we are going to continue through the development process.


[Comment From Sam Sam: ]
Will t-tops ever be available?

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Sam -- at this point, there are no plans to offer t-tops on the Camaro


[Comment From Im going to buy a ZL1 Im going to buy a ZL1: ]
What exactly is dual mode?

Al Oppenheiser:
Dual mode exhaust is a specifically tuned exhaust that uses vacuum from the intake manifold to help open and close the exhaust valves, giving you an aggressive start-up and idle sound, aggressive driveaway, but also steady state cruising with a 'refined power' sound. Similar technology to the hugely successful Corvette


[Comment From Jimmy W Jimmy W: ]
It seems that the only gap left in the Camaro lineup when comparing it to the Ford Mustang is the gap that the Boss 302 fills in Ford's lineup. Any plans to fill that gap in the future?

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Jimmy W - great question. We continue to look at how we can evolve and improve the Camaro.


[Comment From Avery Avery: ]
Will this car be a beast (weekend warrior) or can it tame down for street driving (everyday)?

David Caldwell:
Avery - This is one of the feats of ZL1's Magnetic Ride suspension. Designed to be excellent on the road, as well as track.


[Comment From screamin eagle screamin eagle: ]
I have a conv. ordered now can I change to buy the pace car- when?

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Screamin eagle -- there will be only 400 Indy Pace Car replica models available in the U.S. They will be only offered through the top selling Camaro dealers.


[Comment From richierich richierich: ]
limited production?

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Richierich -- will do everything to match the market demand..


David Caldwell:
Let me reiterate for those who may have joined after the start....550 hp is a real good estimate of the power level. In showrooms around the start of 2012.


[Comment From radz28 radz28: ]
Can you comment on what other cars ZL1 is competing directly with?

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radZ28 -- our primary competitor will obviously be the GT500, but we consider any manufacturer who can offer at least 550 horsepower a competitor


[Comment From retro/rs/ss retro/rs/ss: ]
ride height compared to 2ss? lowered???

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The ZL1 is currently approximately 7 mm lower than the SS


[Comment From SS man SS man: ]
is the TC and stability control more aggressive than reg SS

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SS man, the TC and Stability controls are specifically tuned for the increased performance of the ZL1, so yes more aggressive.


[Comment From JCamaro JCamaro: ]
Does the hood have functional air intake or just another fake "mail slot"?

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JCamaro - the hood features functional air extractors...


[Comment From Randy Randy: ]
Will the ZL1 come with a short-shifter gear lever?

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Randy, The ZL1 comes with a GM-designed short-throw shifter.....you'll love the gates and efforts.


David Caldwell:
For those asking about track times vs Z06 or Cadillac V....that's not really our focus. Those cars are awesome in their own right. We do have competitors that we are targeting tho....


[Comment From Mike Mike: ]
You may not be able to answer this...but can you tell me who's s/c you are using?

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Mike, thanks for the question. We are using the Eaton Generation 6 Supercharger, which spins at over 2.5 times engine speed. It has a broader range of power through the RPM band, and also an effective use of Horsepower at higher RPM - not traditional of superchargers.


[Comment From Robert Robert: ]
What displacement is the Eaton S/C?

Robert, it's a 1.9L


[Comment From Scott Koscik Scott Koscik: ]
When you say 500 Indy Pace Car replicas are going to be produced does that include the "festival" cars used at the track during the month of May?

John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Scott Koscik - yes, the 50 festival cars are included in the 500, as well as some vehicles for the Canadian market.


[Comment From Nicole Nicole: ]
When will GM/dealers start taking orders?

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Nicole: We'll start accepting orders in the fourth quarter of this year


[Comment From The Rock The Rock: ]
I apologize if this has already been addressed, I just got here. Anyway, will the ZL1 be offered @ all dealers or is this another limited edition only available @ top dealers?

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The Rock -- we'll announce ordering and allocation plans later this year


[Comment From Mike NMT Mike NMT: ]
As a percentage, how much of the car's weight is on the front wheels?

David Caldwell:
Mike - 52/48 wt distribution


[Comment From Alan Meyer Alan Meyer: ]
Will the ZL1 hood scoop be functional or only cosmetic like the SS?

David Caldwell:
Alan - the hood is completely functional. Tons of aerodynamic research is behind that


[Comment From Me Me: ]
I'm going to cry the first time I see one of these in person, just an FYI

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Me -- You will not be the only one...


[Comment From Dave Dave: ]
sorry for my bad english, the dash is diferent from the ss or is just stick

David Caldwell:
Dave - yes the interior is different in several ways from today's SS


John Fitz - Camaro Marketing Mgr:
Lot's of questions on pricing... The only thing we can say at this time is that we will announce a price by the end of the year... We plan to be competitive with our competitive set


[Comment From LS3SS LS3SS: ]
are the braake carbon ceramic?

David Caldwell:
LS3 - no, not carbon ceramic


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Thank you, Dale. I guess we're done for today. I appreciate the Camaro support from you and everyone else! Have a good day!

David Caldwell:
OK folks, We're blown away with the interest, enthusiasm and questions from you all. Thanks for making Camaro the most popular car in its segment. Thanks for joining us today. Keep checking chevrolet.com/camaro for updates, and camaro facebook
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I got a couple crappy questions in there, but some great answers!
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Ironhead... We continue to work on evolving Camaro. Regarding Z28, all I can say is stay tuned...
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I wonder if they're finally going to start offering some serious GMPP parts for the Camaro now...
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If I were to buy it I would do a cam and pulley swap, upgraded to some longtubes, and then get a tune and be done with it as far as performance goes. It wouldn't need much else besides some sticky tires for the track and some window tint for appearance.
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Ironhead... We continue to work on evolving Camaro. Regarding Z28, all I can say is stay tuned...
This is the answer that stood out for me as well. Maybe they are saving it for a little later.

Seems they may need to change the title of this forum section back to Z28 topics and create a new one for the ZL1
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Besides not denying the Z28 rumors, I think the most useful information was that all Camaro colors should be available on ZL1 and that the carbon fiber stripe is optional.
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none of my questions went through. :(
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This is the answer that stood out for me as well. Maybe they are saving it for a little later.

Seems they may need to change the title of this forum section back to Z28 topics and create a new one for the ZL1
Or create a new forum for the Z28 if it exists...if they build it. Which would be at least a year after the ZL1's out...imo, anyways.
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I hope it's sooner than later. I'm sure their hands are pretty full right now though.
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I followed the whole chat. Tried to ask a few questions but I don't have the pull that radz has.

I noticed he spelled your username wrong on one response. lol

Anyway, I really like that front fascia. I was a bit disappointed that it won't fit on an SS.
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I hope it's sooner than later. I'm sure their hands are pretty full right now though.
Good Job all the way around radz! LB
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Ironhead... We continue to work on evolving Camaro. Regarding Z28, all I can say is stay tuned...
LOL, absolutely....,cryptic subliminal messages and Jedi mind tricks..., but, it definetly more entertaining than "we can't confirm or deny that". It's an affirmation without information! And it's great theater to boot!
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The Z28 will be a twin turbo'd v6.

Just want to get that rumor started! lol
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Does the hood have functional air intake or just another fake "mail slot"?

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JCamaro - the hood features functional air extractors...

I had to make sure I hadn't seen the photos from the live event yet to know that they were in fact open vents on the hood. When the forums were back up after the chat, I finally got to see them.
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none of my questions went through. :(

and yet, Al talked to family friends and they let comments like "Camaro>Mustang" get through... how odd
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and yet, Al talked to family friends and they let comments like "Camaro>Mustang" get through... how odd
yeah, I noticed that too.
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Any chance the z28 would get a high revving 5.5 DI V8 from the c7 vette?
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Any chance the z28 would get a high revving 5.5 DI V8 from the c7 vette?
i know i am trying to read between the lines (i watched the whole 'chat' live), but i think they might have a 302 planned for the z28. kind of taking it back to its roots, as it were.

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Anyone notice this little interaction?

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No comment on the Z28 then? The Z28 was brought out to battle the Boss Mustang back in the Trans Am days.

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KentWatkins.. I think it is very interesting to note that history of the Z28 and its comparison to Boss 302...
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i know i am trying to read between the lines (i watched the whole 'chat' live), but i think they might have a 302 planned for the z28. kind of taking it back to its roots, as it were.

That would be fine with me. I also hope that translates into a more affordable performance package.
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and yet, Al talked to family friends and they let comments like "Camaro>Mustang" get through... how odd
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yeah, I noticed that too.
Me too. I'm sure they didn't read all of them though.

And to think, they could have answered my tire question.

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Ya, I noticed it, but I just took it as him backing up his defending the naming of the new ZL1.
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I see some of the usual historical mis-information made it into the chat yesterday:
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No comment on the Z28 then? The Z28 was brought out to battle the Boss Mustang back in the Trans Am days."

When the Z/28 was brought out there was no Boss 302, Ford was still racing the 289cid engine. Then Ford came out with their Tunnel Port 302 Trans Am engine for the '68 Trans Am season and it was a failure. It was then that the Boss 302 was brought out.
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