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Old 06-11-2011, 01:31 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Camaro ZL1 to get >550hp, Auto Option, ZR1 Traction Management, Production Q1 2012

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It's official! Al Oppenheiser announced today in Oshawa that an automatic transmission will be available in the ZL1, as well as the Performance Traction Management from the ZR1!

No price, performance numbers or HP numbers, but Al did say that the ZL1 is being engineered as the ultimate drag strip car as well as the ultimate track car... and that you will be seeing numbers in the next few months that will "astound" you.

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Also confirmed:

-- Al was pretty clear the the HP numbers WILL be HIGHER than the 550 the the CTS-V has and that the price will not be disclosed.
-- Al, also said that production is in the 1st quarter of 2012, but would not get any more specific.



Nice option for those that want it!
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Old 06-11-2011, 01:34 PM   #2
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Now, give us a ZL1 CONVERTIBLE---PLEASE!
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Old 06-11-2011, 01:39 PM   #3
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Now, give us a ZL1 CONVERTIBLE---PLEASE!
Don't hold your breath on that one. There has not been anywhere near the demand for a convertible as there has been for an automatic.
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Old 06-11-2011, 01:42 PM   #4
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Don't hold your breath on that one. There has not been anywhere near the demand for a convertible as there has been for an automatic.
but there is a gt500 convertible, so i would not rule it out. i am a hardtop guy myself.
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Old 06-11-2011, 01:42 PM   #5
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Any details on the automatic?

Is it an auto with tiptronic or an electronic clutch?
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Old 06-11-2011, 01:44 PM   #6
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Is it an auto with tiptronic or an electronic clutch?
They did not give any technical details on the transmission as far as I know. I am sure that a full official press release will come that will give more details.
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Old 06-11-2011, 01:45 PM   #7
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but there is a gt500 convertible, so i would not rule it out. i am a hardtop guy myself.
True however I think that their next project is going to be a competitor to the Boss 302 and by the time that is done it will almost be time for the 6th gen however maybe they will squeeze it in there.
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Old 06-11-2011, 01:50 PM   #8
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SHIT!!! I haven't received my Camaro yet and now I'll have to trade it in for a ZL1 next year. What can I say? I'm an auto trans guy.
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Old 06-11-2011, 01:55 PM   #9
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There you go, hope those waiting for this are happy and this announcement made their day! And on a plus side, no more complaining from you auto weenies
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:19 PM   #10
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How much will these two goodies add to the bottom line on the car?

On the CTS-V the auto runs about $2200 more but I can't find the Performance Traction Management cost.
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:23 PM   #11
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:26 PM   #12
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I had a stong feeling that they would offer one. I mean, the first test mule we saw was an automatic and the CTS-V is available with one so it just made sense.
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:29 PM   #13
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Yes!!!!!!! I hope it gets the same hp as the manual- either way this a great news
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:30 PM   #14
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Good to know GM listened to all those that wanted an auto trans. Now all we need is the official specs and price!
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:30 PM   #15
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i bet the manual-only guys are butthurt. lolz.
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:35 PM   #16
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How does the traction affect the car (for weather conditions etc.), or is it mainly for track purposes?? It's on the corvette ZR1 so sounds like it must
be a pretty exclusive feature. Nvermind I see there's a thread about it here, sounds good.

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Old 06-11-2011, 02:56 PM   #17
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Here is another source reporting the news....



Chevy Camaro ZL1 getting an automatic transmission

Ray Wert -At today's "Camaro Homecoming event" in Oshawa, Canada, Al Oppenheiser from the Chevy Camaro team told folks that the Chevy Camaro ZL1 will come with an automatic transmission as an option. No word yet from Chevy's communications team.

This slushbox will supposedly be in addition to the high-performance Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual - the "MG9" version of the transmission. I guess it's possible — considering the General's able to mate an auto tranny to the Cadillac CTS-V — and that uses the same burnout-inducing 550 HP, 550 lb-ft of torque 6.2-liter LSA V8 engine.

But just because they can — do they have to?

Here's our first-hand report from Jalopnik reader Andrew:

Just wanted to let you know that at the Camaro Homecoming event in Oshawa today Al Oppenheiser from GM announced that they will offer an automatic transmission for the upcoming Camaro ZL1. Additionally the ZL1 will also have the Performance Traction Management system from the Corvette ZR1. No details on the transmission were given. This is probably a pretty important development because it may cause Ford to follow suit and offer an automatic GT500 for the first time.

http://jalopnik.com/5811049/chevy-ca...c-transmission
Haha the Andrew they are referring to in that article is me. I sent them the news when it was announced this morning.
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Old 06-11-2011, 03:00 PM   #18
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I can't see anyone buying an SS and then spending (lots) of money to add S/C, breaks, cooling system, suspension work, exhaust, tune and etc. where they can buy a brand new factory warranty ZL1. Anyone who wants a hi performance car, this is it. P E R I O D !!!
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Old 06-11-2011, 03:01 PM   #19
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Haha the Andrew they are referring to in that article is me. I sent them the news when it was announced this morning.
DOH! guess I can delete that post!
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Old 06-11-2011, 03:13 PM   #20
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I can't see anyone buying an SS and then spending (lots) of money to add S/C, breaks, cooling system, suspension work, exhaust, tune and etc. where they can buy a brand new factory warranty ZL1. Anyone who wants a hi performance car, this is it. P E R I O D !!!
Many will throw the warranty out the window on their ZL1. Some guys can't leave anything stock. Just look at the GT500. I frequently see GT500s in the shop getting modded.
That can also be said for the Z06 Vette, etc. Guy just love to make their cars faster even if they come with 550hp from the factory.


People will also still purchase SS's and put superchargers on them. Sometimes it's easier to spend 35K on an SS. Then when you have the money spend another 10K on a supercharger, etc.
Some guys just don't have $55k from the get go.

It can also be a lot harder to convince the wife that you need a $55K Camaro.

But for the people that can afford it, getting a ZL1 will be the way to go.
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Old 06-11-2011, 03:23 PM   #21
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GM, thank you for listening and bringing the auto option
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Old 06-11-2011, 03:26 PM   #22
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Thanks for listneing GM. The voices were heard.
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Old 06-11-2011, 03:36 PM   #23
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I can't see anyone buying an SS and then spending (lots) of money to add S/C, breaks, cooling system, suspension work, exhaust, tune and etc. where they can buy a brand new factory warranty ZL1. Anyone who wants a hi performance car, this is it. P E R I O D !!!
Not necessarily. Maybe they don't like the cosmetics on the ZL1? Just like a GT whooping up on a Cobra, I would think that there would be plenty people in a modded SS that would like to put down a ZL1 on the track.
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Old 06-11-2011, 03:52 PM   #24
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Thank you, thank you, thank you GM!

Props for listening to your customer base and those here that are die hard Camaro enthusiasts!

You are proving to us that the "old" GM is no more.

Now how about that TF3/Leno front fascia or at least a performance parts grille option?
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Old 06-11-2011, 03:54 PM   #25
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Well I will be getting the auto as long as the performance is as good or better than the 6 speed.I do hope the ZR1 system will include the new tires.Wow.
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