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Old 04-18-2011, 09:24 AM   #1
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Cool R&T: 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 - First Look

2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 - First Look

Serious supercharged power–124 bhp more than the Camaro SS, and looks to match.

By Shaun Bailey / Photos by Marc Urbano


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We’ve referred to it as the Z28 for almost two years. Chevy, however, is calling its new high-performance Camaro the ZL1, and this 550-bhp pony car will be the most potent Camaro ever. Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser and Program Engineering Manager Tony Roma have provided the details on the car, which will have stand*ard Magnetic Ride Control damping.


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In 2006, when John Heinricy was head of Performance Vehicle Operations, he made sure the Camaro could someday house a larger differential and bigger rear tires. Slight changes to the floorpan created the space. As such, the ZL1 retains its stock chassis and bodywork. Only the hood and fascias are changed externally. The standard fenders house the 305-width rear tires, while the aluminum hood is modified with a black carbon-fiber vent for clearance over the supercharger and heat extraction.

The ZL1 is designed to shine on road courses and dragstrips, with the Shelby GT500 as its benchmark. Says Oppenheiser: “The ZL1 takes the SS to a new level. Roughly 30 percent of the car has been engineered to go out and dominate…our new leadership has told us we don’t just compete anymore, we win.”


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From pistons to tires, the ZL1 has been built to take abuse. The word “beefy” was in every other sentence describing the drivetrain components. In back, the asymmetric halfshafts and clutch-type limited-slip differential are built to handle repeated drop-clutch launches.

New ZL1-specific forged wheels are shod with custom Goodyears. The wheels and tires are lighter than those on the SS, even though they are larger. There are still 10 months left in the ZL1’s development, so the tire has another round of changes before being finalized. Rather than focus on a square tire setup (same size rubber front and rear) to aid cornering performance, GM says it will do this via tweaks to the rear suspension, anti-roll bar and tire compounds.


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A 6-speed manual from the CTS-V will be standard, with shorter throws than in the current SS. A smaller steering wheel with improved ergonomics will be welcomed by performance drivers, and the smaller shift knob is said to offer a more natural feel. The seats are basically unchanged, but they will have vibrant stitching and suede inserts. Updated gauges will feature a shift light or indicator, plus a standard head-up display.

Other neat ZL1 technology includes electric-assist power steering and exhaust flapper valves. As for launch control, we can expect the ZL1 to have it, and maybe the Performance Traction Management from the Corvette ZR1. This might alter bracket racing forever, with repeated sub-12-second quarter mile passes a real possibility. Look for the ZL1 early next year, priced at about $50,000.



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Old 04-18-2011, 09:35 AM   #2
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SWEET Now do I trade in my R6P car for a ZL-1?At least I have time to ponder this dilemma.
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:57 AM   #3
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:58 AM   #4
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ZL1 is hot, but please make the inside a little hotter. I love the suede, but the steering wheel doesn't match the car and the guages can be nicer. I don't like the plastic. At least do it in carbon fiber. One more thing, why isn't the hp the same as the Cadillac ctsv. ZL1 should be the same or a little more. PLEASE
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:00 AM   #5
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I love it more and more eveytime I see it.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:14 AM   #6
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Tax refund money just went into the down payment pile.

I do hope they're right about the sub 12 numbers from the factory with performance traction management. I'm not too proud to turn it on if it saves significant time, which it would. Not to mention, without it, those tires would get expensive pretty often.

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Does anybody else think the plastic flap to the far right of the traction control buttons might be some kind of hidden switch? It looks like if you press it down it will pop up like its on a spring. It would be cool if it did. Maybe a switch for the exhaust?
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Does anybody else think the plastic flap to the far right of the traction control buttons might be some kind of hidden switch? It looks like if you press it down it will pop up like its on a spring. It would be cool if it did. Maybe a switch for the exhaust?
lol lets just say pushing your finger in there would not be a pleasant experience
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lol lets just say pushing your finger in there would not be a pleasant experience
Thanks fellas. Ruin a mans dream why don't ya.
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I could of sworn I read this before a while back in my thousands of google searches for the ZL1. I'm waiting for more info. I'll be going to the javits center car show in NYC this saturday. I'm gonna be very persistant in my questioning
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:26 AM   #13
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I could of sworn I read this before a while back in my thousands of google searches for the ZL1. I'm waiting for more info. I'll be going to the javits center car show in NYC this saturday. I'm gonna be very persistant in my questioning
I will also be their Saturday! I can't wait! The last time I was there was in 2007 when the orange concept was there, they let me up on stage!


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2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 - First Look

Serious supercharged power–124 bhp more than the Camaro SS, and looks to match.

By Shaun Bailey / Photos by Marc Urbano
i AM LOOKING FOR MPG AND OFCOURSE 0-60 AND 1/4 MILE RUNS.i FIG. IT WILL BE FASTER THAN Z06 ANDE SLOWER THAN THE ZR1.wEL SEE.
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