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Tran 03-28-2011 09:59 PM

Motortrend's ZL1 Photos and VIDEO
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You don't have to be a Camaro fan, or even a Chevrolet fan, to appreciate the 2012 Camaro ZL1. You may well think the Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 is the greatest car ever built, but you still read every word of our ZL1 first look to see what Ford's up against. Get ready to see new super Chevy in a whole new light.

You see, we were able to schedule a little private time with the ZL1 following its big debut at last month's 2011 Chicago auto show. Think of it more as a sensual massage than a one-night stand. Chevy wasn't going to let us get all handsy with their latest star, but a private modeling session? Why not? Chevy brought the car, we brought the cameras and a good time was had by all in the strategically-lit room.

How could it not be fun? After all, this is the Camaro we've been asking Chevy to deliver since we first drove the fifth-generation SS. It's the car we enthusiasts would build if we could pick through GM's parts bin without having to pay for it. Carbon-ceramic brakes and magneto-rheological shocks cribbed from the mighty Corvette ZR1? Check. A 550-horsepower LSA supercharged V-8 cribbed from the giant-killing Cadillac CTS-V? Check. Aggressive, but restrained styling? Check, but to be fair, they could've taken it a step farther. A steering wheel and shift knob we'd actually want to hold? Double check. Nice to hear the guys at Chevy were listening.

As we alluded to, though, this was a first date in suburbia, not a Vegas fling. Chevrolet wasn't about to throw a bunch of "drive it like you ain't payin' for it" journalists the keys to their only prototype for a romp in the neighborhood. We were, however, able to pry the keys from the car's handlers long enough to fire up the ZL1 and take in its aural delights.

Join us, then, by proxy. Fire up the video and hear the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the first time as it roars to life and gives us just a little tease of musical chops. Tease. We'll be back for more when Chevrolet decides to let its latest offspring venture out in the world and date the jerks, but for now, enjoy the happy ending.


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lbls1 03-29-2011 01:06 AM


camarosss 03-29-2011 02:34 AM

Video doesn't work.:mad0260:

Shurenuff 03-29-2011 05:48 AM

Carbon ceramic brakes from the ZR1? Come on Motortrend.

The pictures are nice though.

OldJedi 03-29-2011 07:38 AM

These are some really nice pictures of my new car. They really made the red color 'pop'. But what happened to the video?????

BeckyD@JamesMartinChevy 03-29-2011 07:43 AM

....:bow:..Beat me again Tran..:sm0:
I'll take mine.....

Scott@Bjorn3D 03-29-2011 07:47 AM

Becky I want mine to be Rally Yellow Please. PQ give me my dang money tree back NOW!!!:sm0:

Z4me 03-29-2011 07:47 AM

Kinda short article, but it was very positive and placed a smile on my face when I read it! :D

Z4me 03-29-2011 07:52 AM


Originally Posted by BeckyD@RodgersChevrolet (Post 3024015)
....:bow:..Beat me again Tran..:sm0:
I'll take mine.....

I'm going for white as well, unless they bring out a new
color I really like. I've have had mostly black muscle cars
in the past and need a change. I think if the air vents on
the roof remain black the white contrast will look killer.
Then its just a matter modding here and there for the
finished look I'm looking for.

Tran 03-29-2011 09:33 AM


Originally Posted by camarosss (Post 3023786)
Video doesn't work.:mad0260:

Hopefully they'll get it working again soon. No driving footage, but some nice studio pans and exhaust sounds.

CoolestCamaro873 03-29-2011 10:07 AM

makes me even more impatient! :mad0259:

cyberbro 03-29-2011 10:11 AM

Is that Mork's egg or a steering wheel? It looks like an Impalas after an accident. :barf:

I wanted a clear hood.

Blackdevil77 03-29-2011 10:52 AM

Just to add to the anticipation. Great. Still don't know anything new. I'm getting antsy!!!

I know so many people hate that steering wheel, but I actually like it. I think it's much better then the other camaro steering wheels.

alex33x 03-29-2011 11:17 AM

I never thought I feel like when I saw the SS, like the day would never come. I think with the ZL1 is worst.

I hope they announce pricing soon, and let us place our orders. :mad0260:

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