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The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will go into production in the first quarter of next year, and now, Al Oppenheiser, General Motors' chief engineer on the Camaro, has confirmed a few details about what we can expect with the range-topping muscle coupe.

During the Camaro homecoming at GM's Oshawa pant, Oppenheiser stated that in addition to an automatic transmission option, the ZL1 will be available with the same Performance Traction Management system found on the Corvette ZR1. In the Corvette, PTM incorporates launch control, as well as the normal traction control, active handling and selective ride control systems.

What's more, Oppenheiser stated that the ZL1's output numbers will be higher than the originally estimated 550 horsepower. The ZL1 is powered by the same supercharged 6.2-liter V8 as the Cadillac CTS-V.


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      Sgt Beavis
      • 3 Years Ago
      Competition is a wonderful thing.
      onewayroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had a feeling it was going to be making more than 550 hp, and with rumors of a 600 hp GT500 coming, it's no surprise.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      ramairjer
      • 3 Years Ago
      The weight will be in line with what its competitors weigh, i.e. GT500, SRT8 392. The ptm is a nice touch. One of the car rags put Justin Bell (porsche lemans winner) in a ZR1 and he was faster around a circuit with ptm on. The war between the ZL1 and GT500 will be a good one to watch.
        QAZZY
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ramairjer
        The 392 is behind in this comparison, being naturally-aspirated, and heavier. The GT500 is the lightest, but the ZL1, with the ZR1 traction system may have an advantage with putting most of its power to the ground.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      X
      • 3 Years Ago
      i I see a future with 620bhp. Thats what the Car Goddess told me lol. I would'nt be surprised if they do put 620BHP or 600bhp flat,Chevy are'nt playing Games anyways. Now lose alittle weight say 100-200ibs,or will be that for the Twin turbo V6.
        LazyLemming
        • 3 Years Ago
        @X
        I dunno, I don't think they'll top 600 just to keep the ZR1 looking that much better on paper.
      Don G
      • 3 Years Ago
      Convertible?? That would be a sweet looking convertible. C'mon, Ford has a supercharged convertible..
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds good. It's a little odd that the ZL-1 keeps full HP when using an automatic and the Camaro SS doesn't.
        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        The automatic and manual ZL1(same with the CTS-V) both still use the LSA motor. Whereas the automatic SS doesn't have the LS3 that the SS has. As mentioned above has to do with the cylinder deactivation. Not that they couldn't have made up that HP difference.
        Don G
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        The automatic has cylinder de-activation. I believe that is why there is a difference between auto and manual in the SS.
      Mike K
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe all this power will make up for the fact it weighs the same as a full size SUV lol.
        Tone
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike K
        The curb weight of a current Camaro LS is 3780/3769 (man/auto). Current predictions are that the curb weight of the ZL1 will still be under 4k. For reference, the curb weight of a CTS-V Coupe is 4204/4237. I think this'll still do pretty good on the 'Ring...
        LoneWolf
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike K
        It's not hard to shed weight from a regular SS...just lose the big wheels and you will pick up some gains.
      EvilTollMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Big fat pig
        darkness
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EvilTollMan
        That pig will be in my garage September 2013
        Thorlius
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EvilTollMan
        @EvilTrollMan Is that the sound of regret over the purchase of a GT500?
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      Im getting sick of all these camaros. Im starting to wish it never came back. This camaro design is going to around for a long time because there is nothing GM can do to make the design better.
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      The same goes for the corvette. I don't see the vette being around much longer.
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