Camaro ZL1 Will Deliver 580 Horsepower, Arrives Just Five Years After The Car With Which It Is Intended To Compete
The automotive world has been eagerly awaiting the Camaro ZL1 ever since it was announced earlier this year. This stunning riposte to the 2007 Shelby Mustang could easily become the HHR to the Mustang’s PT Cruiser. In its excitement, however, Chevrolet forgot to invite TTAC to the media event in which the Camaro ZL1 specs were introduced. Therefore, what you are about to read will be
stolen quoted entirely from Eric Tingwall’s post on the Automobile blog last night.
To make it worth your while, however, I will make a few snarky comments in-between quotes. Click the jump and help us pay the bills around here!
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will be more powerful than the Cadillac CTS-V with an output of 580 hp at 6000 rpm and 556 lb-ft of torque at 4200 rpm from the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8… The 350-pound weight gain from Camaro SS to ZL1 is right in line with the fattening that a CTS coupe experiences on its way to becoming a CTS-V. Chevy representatives were reluctant to talk about any numbers other than power or torque—top speed, 0-to-60 time, and price were all off the table—at a media event on Wednesday, but they did subtly reveal the ZL1’s mass when they splashed the car’s weight-to-power ratio on the screen. At 7.24 pounds per hp, the ZL1 would weigh 4,199 pounds.
Oh, that’s not so much. Just think of it as a Shelby Mustang with two full-sized adults in the back seat. Or towing a 380-pound trailer. Or a trunk full of taxpayer cash.
That didn’t stop the ZL1 team from taking a direct shot at the GT500, though…. The ZL1, they say, is ready for track abuse straight from the dealership floor
FROM A GT500, THAT IS. Get it? It’s ready for track abuse… from a GT500. Like, the GT500 will beat it around a track. Gosh. That sounded better when it was in my head.
with its standard transmission and rear-differential cooler and cooling ducts for the front brakes.
The C5 Z06 was infamous for overheating its transmission on-track; this is likely a direct result of that experience.
It’s unlikely that the Chevy’s hottest muscle car will undercut Ford’s on pricing, as chief engineer Al Oppenheiser told us
“Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” Wait. Wrong guy.
the ZL1 will be priced relative to the GT500 just as the six- and eight-cylinder Camaros are priced against comparable Mustangs. The Chevys typically land about $1500 to $2000 more than the Fords, so we’d expect a price near $52,000 for the ZL1 based on the GT500’s $49,605 starting sticker.
Then we have some business about the Camaro using the CTS-V’s hyper-expensive-to-service-or-replace suspension, and also having a new swaybar mount.
In a perfect world, we’d have the chance to run the ZL1 around Mid-Ohio back-to-back with a GT500, using our own Traqmate. Opportunities like that are likely to be saved for the color mags who can be trusted to draw an advertising-friendly conclusion to the whole thing (“There are no real losers in this battle”). Nevertheless, we will keep our fingers crossed, and keep you all posted.
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