The 2012 Camaro ZL1: Defining New American Muscle
In 1969, there was once a Camaro called the ZL1. There were only 69 made which made this original a true collector’s vehicle.
The original: Even mightier than the Chevy Camaro L88, the ZL1 could reach 122 mph in just over 11 seconds. It was packed with the most special of special 427-cid V-8 engines. Enough to any muscle car lover foam up at the mouth.
Now for the return of the legendary Camaro ZL1 in 2012, it is the fastest Camaro that ever rolled off of the assembly line.
Loaded with a new 6.2L LSA V-8 engine and an Eaton supercharger; producing 580 HP and 556 lbs of torque and an aluminum engine to lighten the weight… Oh my God.
The very first 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1 with these specs was auctioned off at $250,000. For a muscle car collector, that is definitely money well spent.
The D-shaped steering wheel is designed to accommodate leg room and bring the driver closer to the wheel for some awesome track work. The engine is very similar to what is being used Cadillac’s CTS-V. These supercharged engines put out less heat than the Shelby GT500 lines thus allowing the car to produce more power.
The ZL1 will come in at a price tag of between $55,000 and $60,000, a bit more than Ford’s Shelby and all the sweeter.
American muscle is back with a vengeance. It’s about time that Chevy undo the doggish treatment with which they have treated the Camaro in the past decades. The latest reboot has had its complaints, (overall visibility being the worst) but has far improved over its predecessors while continuing to improve on itself.
Lookout Ford, Chevy is back!