The Ultimate Camaro: 2012 Carmaro ZL1 Debuts
This week, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 debuted at the Chicago Auto Show. Launching in early 2012, the new ZL1 features cutting-edge performance systems that makes it the most technologically advanced Camaro ever built.
Motivating this new model is a supercharged V-8 engine producing 550 horsepower. But aside from overwhelming power, Chevrolet insists that there’s plenty of innovative technology that will help the ZL1 really perform. This tech includes advanced and highly refined chassis and suspension systems that will help the ZL1 deliver balanced, track-ready handling and braking power.
“Camaro ZL1 is about high-tech performance and design, and is a type of car no one has ever brought to this segment previously,” said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. “It’s the most technically advanced Camaro ever, so we’ve chosen a name from the most elite and exclusive Camaro in history.”
Although this high-performance Camaro doesn’t carry the iconic Z28 badging, the ZL1 name is derived from a 1960s era all-aluminum racing engine of the same name. A few production 1969 Camaros also carried the ZL1 designation, and went on to achieve mythical status among enthusiasts.
When developing the ZL1, engineers were tasked with creating a vehicle that provided optimal performance for road-racing circuits, while also delivering excellent driving dynamics on the street. In achieving this goal, the Camaro’s existing systems were improved upon, including its electric power steering and Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s fastest-reacting suspension system.
“Everything about the ZL1’s design is directly related to its technology and serious performance, especially aerodynamics,” said Ed Welburn, vice president, Global Design. “Our designers’ goal was to execute that function-oriented design with beautifully sculpted forms, creating an imposing, powerful persona. Function becomes the aesthetic. The intent is a car that delivers on the attitude it projects.”
Inside, the 2012 Camaro ZL1 will come standard with plenty of creature comforts as well including:
- Six-way power driver and passenger seats
- Unique instrument panel and door panel inserts; and ZL1-logo sill plates
- Steering wheel audio controls with Bluetooth capability
- Wireless PDIM and USB-port
- Boston Acoustics premium audio system
- Rear parking assist
- Rear camera system (displayed in the inside rearview mirror).