• Feb 9th 2011 at 9:15AM
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The Camaro ZL1 has been unveiled! (Click for coverage)

We've been hearing some conjecture about what Camaro-based model would debut at the Chicago Auto Show today, and Tran from Camaro5 would appear to have the answer: The ZL1. The Chevrolet press conference isn't scheduled for another hour or so, but wandering the floor seems to have revealed that the expected hi-po pony car will eschew the Z28 designation in favor of ZL1. Either way, it'll pack a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with a six-speed manual as part of a beefed-up driveline.

Other major features are said to include Magnetic Ride Control suspension, Brembo brakes, competition-spec cooling system, along with unique bodywork including a "Transformers 3 style" front bumper, unique hood and model-specific wheels. Camaro5 indicates that the interior has also been upgraded with a new steering wheel and silver trim. We'll have live pics of the Camaro from the reveal shortly, so stay tuned. Top tips, Jesse and Amber!

[Source: Camaro5]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I just watched the press conference. The ZL1 is great, but where is the second car that Reuss promised?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I absolutely love this car but the dashboard kills me. Ive been waiting for pics and specs for a while and on pure looks and performance id go the zl1 route, but the dashboard is hideous. Honestly it looks like the inside of a Mitsubishi Outlander. Looks like once again shifting too the gt500.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This report is presented by toyota... Srsly?
      • 4 Years Ago
      ZL1, ZR-1, Z06, Z71, Z24, Z28... krikey. Enough z's to make your head spin.

      This Camaro should be one wicked barnburner. I cant wait to see it pitted against a Cobra.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can someone that is going to this show ask about the poor handling? There is no reason that the Mustang should be able to drive away from the Camaro on the track.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just glad they didn't the name "IROC-Z"
        • 4 Years Ago
        I meant to say...

        I'm just glad they didn't use "IROC-Z"

        ...Dang, I need some coffee
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, the IROC-Z was built to commemorate the International Race of Champions, which they don't run anymore, so what would be the point? The IROC-Z also came with a significantly better suspension, and the Corvette's induction system, so they weren't exactly slouches when the came out.

        Now, I did beat one in my old Duratec Sable, but I think that was the result of a significantly degraded car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not sure if eschewing the "Z28" nameplate is a good idea. Z28 is a household name that has considerable brand equity among enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike. None the less, I'm sure this new ZL1 will have people taking (in a good way).
        • 4 Years Ago
        They've probably got a Z/28 ready to go, but they've been saying that it won't come out for awhile. This ZL1 is probably just their way to drop a special edition without committing to a huge run of them, similar to what Ford does with the Bullitt and Mach 1 editions (and now the Boss 302).

        Like I said above, hopefully the Z/28 is a proper car, and loses a ton of weight. Then, maybe Ford will take their GT350 and put it on a diet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Camaro isn't gonna get any significantly lighter until the alpha platform arrives, so GM and the public will have to make due until then.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like Paul, I also agree that the ZL1 designation makes more sense than Z28. The Z28 would make more sense on a 300hp Turbo 4 cylinder or V6 that has all the go-fast goodies of the SS and about 500lbs less weight, than a 600hp V8 supercar.

      Oh, and since I've been through this before, let me make my counter-argument right now. The first Z28's had a 302 cubic inch engine, which was SMALLER than the car's base v8 and only about as powerful as the base SS engine. Starting in 1970 it was still smaller and less powerful than the top of the line engines, but as the decade progressed and Chevy trimmed out all the big block engines it became the "top" engine almost by accident, except when it was cancelled in 1975-76 of course...

      Still, we're not talking about some legend of power here. In 1977, when it returned, the Z28 had a 350 that made a whopping 165hp. It got a better as the years progressed but even so the top of the line Camaro was never the Z28. Not for long anyway. From 1985 to 1990 the top Camaro was the Iroc-Z and from 1996 to 2002 it was the SS.

      The Z28 never was intented to be a super powerful car, it was intended to be a european style handler, like a Lotus Elise with room for four. Nor was it ever code-word for "Monster of Speed" at any time during it's history.

      Also, since they're NOT using the Z28 name, that makes me suspicious that they might just use it on a smalled engined lighweight car. You never know.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Original ZL1s had the top of the line corvette motor.
      As such, this ZL1 should have the ZR1's LS9, not Caddy's LSA.

      They should've stuck with Z28 as that has had it's name made irrelevant over 40 years, not the ZL1 nameplate.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually the ZL1 was not the top of the line corvette engine......it was just the baddest engine they offered at the time - aluminum 427. There were 69 1969 camaros made....there were only 1 or 2 corvettes made that year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes Joe I am aware of where the name came from. It was a joke.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Neat! Can't wait to see what they've done.

      Also, I really like the ZL1 nomenclature. It makes more sense to me than Z28 (which was originally really more about being the best handling Camaro vs. being the most powerful)
        • 4 Years Ago
        (he's one of the "very few" in this country to have fit a big-block into a Gen III Camaro)

        • 4 Years Ago
        As much of a Mustang guy as I am, my father-in-law has a big-block 1986 Z/28 (he's one of the very few in this country to have fit a big-block into a Gen III Camaro), and he's had cash...just sitting there...waiting for them to come out with a proper Z/28. I really hope that this car is the ZL1, and they'll come out with a proper stripper Z/28 that loses several hundred pounds, and fits in the same slot as the original.

        Heck, my father-in-law's Z/28 was originally built for SCCA racing (one of 28 built in MY 1986), which we found out after it had been driven 300,000 miles, and already had a big block. It would have been great the restore it back to its SCCA livery, but it's pretty awesome, as-is.
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