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2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

2012 Camaro ZL1

New for 2012 is the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Thank you Chevrolet! Finally you are following the lead of Shelby GT500 and introducing a true modern super muscle car. The 2012 Camaro ZL1 of course borrows is name from the famous 1969 ZL1 Camaro's which terrorized drag strips and side streets during the pinnacle of the muscle car years.

The heart of the ZL1 is the engine package which features a supercharged 6.2L LSA V8 engine which makes a total of 580hp and 556 ft-lbs of torque. Buyers have the option of a Tremec TR-6060 6 speed manual transmission or THM 6 speed automatic with steering wheel shift controls.

2012 ZL1 Camaro LSA engine

The 2012 Camaro ZL1 features 20 inch wheels on front an back featuring Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires in 285/35 and 305/35 sizes. The new wheels feature a 10 spoke design or a 5 spoke design.

2012 Camaro ZL1 wheels

Color options for the ZL1 are the same as the Camaro SS except for one new color -- Crystal Red tintcoat. The other colors include Ashen Gray, Inferno Orange, Rally Yellow, Summit White, Silver Ice, Imperial blue, Black, and Victory Red.

2012 ZL1  Camaro Grill

The interior of the ZL1 features a upgraded seats, extra gauges (including boost gauge), and a premium Boston Acoustic sound system.

2012 ZL1 gauges

Price: $54,995

ZL1 Specifications:

Engine & Performance

Base engine size: 6.2 L
Cam type: Overhead valves (OHV)
Cylinders: V8
Valves: 16
Torque: 556 ft-lbs. @ 4200 rpm
Horsepower: 580 hp @ 6000 rpm
Turning circle: 37.7 ft.

Base engine type: gas


Drive type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Rear limited slip differential


MacPherson strut front suspension
Multi-link rear suspension
Four-wheel independent suspension
Front and rear stabilizer bar


Fuel type: gas
Fuel type: premium unleaded (required)
Fuel tank capacity: 19.0 gal.
Range in miles (cty/hwy): 266.0/361.0 mi.
EPA mileage est. (cty/hwy): 14/19 mpg

Mechanical Options

6-Speed Automatic Transmission

Safety & Security

4-wheel ABS
Front and rear head airbags
Dual front side-mounted airbags
Child seat anchors
Remote anti-theft alarm system
Emergency braking assist
Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
Daytime running lights
Engine immobilizer
Front fog/driving lights
Auto delay off headlamps
Dusk sensing headlamps
Xenon high intensity discharge headlamp
2 front headrests
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Stability control
Traction control
Electronic brakeforce distribution
Emergency interior trunk release
Front height adjustable headrests
Post-collision safety system
Tire pressure monitoring

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