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Old 04-10-2012, 09:12 AM   #1
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Thumbs up ZL1 on Motorweek!

I watched an episode from this weekend that had a little tidbit on ZL1. I don't see that it's up, but the feature car was the '12 LFA, and that looks to be Episode 3131. While it wasn't a comprehensive review, nor was it offering new information, it is still great for me to see any CAMARO on TV, and they were quite complementary of ZL1.

Here's the link to Motorweek, and I'd recommend either keeping your eyes open for reruns on TV, or when this video is posted on the website :

"And now, we turn our attention to the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Itís the not the SLP ZL1 Camaro that youíve seen us test, but the true GM Performance Division effort thatís been a few years in the making.

At the heart of this beast is the Generalís 6.2-liter supercharged LSA V8. Here it cranks out 580-horsepower and 556 pound feet of torque, which is adequately handled by upgraded versions of either a Tremec TR6060 manual or GMís Hydra-Matic 6L90 Automatic. And much like Cadillacís CTS-V that shares this engine, the automatic is actually quicker to 60 by a tenth at 3.9-seconds. Top speed is also better at 184 miles-per-hour.

The ZL1 certainly takes on the brutish look to match its performance, but none of it is just eye-candy as GMís designers worked hand-in-hand with the engineers to make sure each piece was purposeful. If it didnít improve performance, it didnít make it onto the car.

Those performance enhancing updates include hood vents and front splitter that add down force to the front end, underbody pieces that not only improve aerodynamics but channel air to the transmission to aid in cooling, and of course a rear spoiler.

Inside, thereís a new suede-leather trimmed dash, unique steering wheel and pedals, and ZL1 specific gauges. Leather sport seats and Head-Up display are also standard. Handling performance is boosted by the latest version of GMís Magnetic Ride Suspension, as well as the Corvette ZR1 Performance Traction Management System.

BRIAN ROBINSON: When the new Camaro came out a few years ago, many of us had doubts of how far they could take this chassis performance-wise, and I donít think anyone saw this coming - 580-horsepower and the chassis doesnít even break a sweat handling it, and speaking of brakes, theyíre amazing, as well.

The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 may offer exotic-like performance, but the price is nowhere near Supercar Land, starting at just $55,000."
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:01 AM   #2
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I'll have to check for the rerun. When I read what you posted from the show, I could hear the hosts voice reading it. haha
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