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2012 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 | December 19, 2011

The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is the fastest and most expensive Camaro ever, $54,995. While specifications on the ZL1 are preliminary, Chevrolet has confirmed its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds with an automatic gearbox (4.0 seconds with a manual) and can reach a top speed of 184 mph. It posted a 7:14.27 lap time at the Nurburgring and other high-tech features include Magnetic Ride Control, a suspension feature usually found on Cadillacs and Corvettes, and what Chevrolet calls “an advanced track-capable braking system” developed with Brembo. ZL1 also marks the entry of a new electric power steering system to Camaro, said Chevrolet.

While early speculation said the range topping Camaro would be called the Z28 , Chevrolet instead chose the ZL1 name from the all-aluminum racing engine of the same name that was developed in the late 1960s. It was installed in a small number of production 1969 Camaros. Just 69 were built with the engine.

Exterior design includes a new front fascia and hood with air extractors. The hood gets a signature center section made of carbon fiber and rendered in satin black finish. The cockpit is only available in black and gets front seats with microfiber suede inserts, a redesigned steering wheel, alloy pedals, head-up display with performance readouts and a four pack auxiliary gauge system featuring a boost readout.

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