The much-anticipated 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 debuted at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this year, putting Ford's Shelby GT500 squarely in its sites. While official horsepower numbers weren't released at the time, Chevrolet did state that the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 would "produce an estimated 550 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque," putting it on par with the Shelby.

Now, a new report states that the official horsepower rating of the ZL1 could be "north of 570 horsepower," placing it in between the Cadillac CTS-V (556 hp) and the Corvette ZR1 (638 hp). While this will surely give the flagship Camaro a slight edge compared with the current GT500, Ford isn't quite ready to hand over the muscle car crown quite yet, though. A 620-hp version of the GT500 is rumored to be in the works for 2013 or 2014 with suspension tuning done on the Nürburgring. It appears that the muscle car wars are far from over.


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      EHM613
      • 3 Years Ago
      The race for most ponies in a pony car is getting ridiculous. Why not concentrate on power-to-weight ratio. How about a target of chopping 10% of the car's weight within three years?!
      2JZGTEGS300FTW
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well from the looks of the numbers it produced, It did poorly.
      X
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its this put they might well just make it 650bhp,no joke. Anyways,it all about weight at this put,WHO is going to loss the most weight of have the better transmission that well put every horsepower on the floor,with ease.
      Thipps
      • 3 Years Ago
      im sooo sick of people going.....bla bla bla its a pig, it needs to loose weight... it....it....Effing stupid, Yes the next Gen will be smaller and lighter, but you cant just take 400 pounds out of a existing car, you can maybe take 50 to 100 out of it but they would have to charge like 10k to do that alone, They added Huge amounts of mechanical grip to offset the weight, its on Mag suspension with 305 tires ( not even talking power yet).......So dont you think it will be able to handle....? Yes yes it will handle. I predict it will get more praise than any mustang before. Please get over you spec sheet facts. If you think the Camaro sucks because its a couple of hundred more pounds than the mustang then im sure you also think the CTS-V sucks as well........ sorry for the rant, i just cant stand people with unrealistic requests for current cars, and spec sheet video game knowledge
        graphikzking
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Thipps
        I'm sorry but to 400lbs out of a car, yes you may have to add to the price but I doubt $10,000. These cars weight so much because of platform sharing. They built the Camaro on the Zeta platform which is the full size rwd car platform. If they had a midsize car rwd platform it would be much lighter! Dodge - builds off of the Charger / 300 platform = heavy Chevrolet - off the G8 / Holden platform = Heavy. Ford - has a separate platform for the mustand = lighter because it's purpose built. I'm seriously not a mustang fan but at least they keep the car slightly lighter. That is why the Ford is lighter yet I don't see it being $10,000 more. How light do you think Mustang would be if they took a Crown Vic platform for a mustang? Or hell converted the Ford 500/Taurus into a mustang with rwd??
          v6sonoma
          • 3 Years Ago
          @graphikzking
          The mustang had it's own platform. Now that the Camaro and Challenger have been eating away at it's sales they need to go to a global platform to keep their costs inline as well. As for the "500 usable horsepower" I think that you are forgetting that the Camaro will also have the Performance Traction Management software from the Corvette that allows even the best races on the planet go faster and drive harder with it on. The development cost would have been the same as the LS7 and LSA both already existed.
          graphikzking
          • 3 Years Ago
          @graphikzking
          Also, I'd much rather have 500 usable hp than 570 non-usable. Keep the standard Z06 engine (505hp NA) and just lighten the car a little. I would think without the supercharger, intercooler and piping it would loose about 75lbs and save on development costs. It would also remove about $1500 from the price of the car.
      kingrat001
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just wish it wasn't so amazingly ugly. As a 3 time F-Body owner, I don't really understand where GM was going with this thing. At least the interior has been fixed, for the most part.
        Fixitfixitstop
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kingrat001
        Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I felt the F-bodies were some of the ugliest cars on the road, both on the interior and exterior, and I felt the interiors were very cramped for such large cars.
      BoomE90
      • 3 Years Ago
      570 HP is great but I would trade 70 of those HP for the ability to see out of the thing.
        Bandit5317
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BoomE90
        It's the biggest problem with the Camaro. I still absolutely love it regardless, but the visibility is terrible.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Nick M
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wtf does this have to do with Japan? No need for your biased bs on here. Anyway, at least something like the GTR may have 20hp less, but will destroy this thing on the track due to actually being able to put the power down.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      A SS Coupe has a curb weight of 3902, while a GT500 is 3820. Also, a Mustang GT is 3605, so you can say that the GT500 adds 215. With the same scaling for the ZL1, which should be pretty close, this porker is going to be North of 4111lb! I know the specs say it will be roughly the same as the SS, but I don't really believe that. You can never add enough power to make a car handle better, get with the program GM.
        Mak
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        So you're going to assume GM is flatout lying in regards to weight savings AND tell them to "get with the program"? Why bother telling them that at all then? Do you just like to hear yourself talk(watch yourself type) or something?
          graphikzking
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mak
          Weight savings is 1 thing but adding a supercharger plus intercooler plus piping etc will add at least 75lbs to the car. Then with 75 lbs of weight savings they may be able to keep it the same but I doubt it. I think the car will come in just barely south of 4,000lbs just to make it look good. 3,985 lbs. Unless they do some serious chopping. I would love a 3500lb sports car. (Hell just 4 years ago I was saying keep it under 3000lbs).
        greattaco@gmail.com
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        Yeah, it won't handle at all because of the added power.... Are you really that ignorant? You don't see the six piston brakes, wide ass tires, and most importantly MAGNETIC RIDE CONTROL. Seriously. come on
      jcar302
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hp upgrades in intercooled SC'ed cars is so easy that none of this impresses me. All they are going to do is give the car a smaller pulley and new program, something most owners would do anyway. IMO, put more money into putting the power to the ground. 550hp and cars that still run mid 12's is embarrassing. You could run mid 12's in an 03 cobra with 390hp 10 years ago.
      WindsWilling
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's great and all for peens I guess. But I'd take the Boss over this and the GT500 any day. The Boss is plenty fast enough, and the thing handles to boot. It's the best performing bang-for-the-buck car out there from the US right now, considering a GT well equipped costs nearly the same as a Boss. No need for the silly Seca Boss, the reg is just fine.
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why does this car have so many straight edges? The camaro has no style. This car is not going to be around much longer.
        Shawn Brinker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        Not going to be around much longer? Based on what? They are selling quite well, so obviously not everyone thinks the same as you. Just because you do not like it, does not mean that others feel the same.
      ChadS
      • 3 Years Ago
      I fear these horsepower wars will lead to gov't regulation. Anyone else worried about this?
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