New ZL1 Camaro Will Soon Be Roaring Through the Streets

he new Camaro’s are sweet. From looks to performance it’s apparent that Chevy put a lot of careful thought and consideration into the Camaro to make it as Bad*** as it is today. How do you make something sweet even sweeter? Pour more sugar on it, baby. Chevy is grabbing the sugar bags and pouring on the already awesome Camaro to make the new 2012 ZL1 Camaro.

Making it’s debut appearance at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, the ZL1 flexed it’s muscles for all to stare at. And while the numbers aren’t set in stone as of yet, it is expected that the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine in the Camaro will get 550 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque… nice! “official estimates of the car’s capabilities will be released later in 2011, as testing nears completion.” according to Chevrolet.

The souped up ZL1 Camaro will be a six-speed manual and will also feature Magnetic Ride Control, “an advanced track-capable braking system”, the hood will have a “signature” center section made of carbon fiber rendered in satin black finish, and don’t forget the 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, boost gauge and exhaust tips! Pimmped out and Souuuped up!

And to avoid inevitable confusion and probable annoyances, the name “ZL1” was not just thrown together because it started with a Z and sounded sporty. No, Chevrolet named the ZL1 after its legendary, same-named, all-aluminum racing engine that was developed in the late 1960 that was installed in a small number of production 1969 Camaro’s.

Camaro Trim Level Comparison (Based on 2010 Model):

LS and LT models:
Engine: 3.6L direct-inject V6
HP/Torque: 300 hp/273 tq

SS six-speed manual:
Engine: 6.2L LS3 V8
HP/Torque: 422 hp/408 tq

SS six-speed automatic:
Engine: 6.2L L99 V8
HP/Torque: 400 hp/395 tq

2012 ZL1 Model:
Engine: 6.2-liter V8
HP/Torque: 550 hp/ 550 tq

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