Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Camaro ZL1 Revealed

Chevy took the wraps off it's new Mustang GT500 killer, the 2012 Camaro ZL1, today at the Chicago Auto Show.  Many had speculated that the car would wear the Z/28 moniker but instead Chevy decided to resurrect one of the most iconic names in Camaro history.   Does the new car live up to the name?

They've stuffed the supercharged LSA V8 from the Cadillac CTS-V under the bulging hood which should be good for at least 550HP in this super Camaro.  The standard rear tires are huge 330 series Goodyears which should help getting all that power to the ground.  Initial estimates indicate that the 6 speed manual equipped ZL1 should be able to rip off 0-60 runs in under 4 seconds.  All that forward momentum is halted by huge two piece Brembo brakes and handling is aided by GM's latest magnetic shock setup.

The ZL1 will also look the part with a larger opening in the front fascia as well as four fog lights and a large splitter.  That bulging hood I mentioned will have a carbon fiber center while the rear gets a set of four exhaust tips and a larger trunk spoiler.

The car is set to go on sale in February of next year, so we still have a while to wait.

So far so good.  Let the battle begin.

Here is a bonus video from youtube.

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