Bowtie brand fans are chomping at the bit to get more information on the upcoming Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. General Motors decided to show off its latest high-performance coupe at the Camaro Homecoming event in Oshawa, Ontario. Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser brought the car to the crowd, and then spent a few moments talking about the Zed ZL1 on camera.

For those unaware, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 gets a host of upgrades over the rest of its siblings. On the outside, improved aerodynamics are in full effect from nose to tail. Inside, Chevrolet adds suede to the seats, steering wheel and shift lever. But the real heart of the ZL1 lies under the hood, and it seems we'll have to wait for official word to get the full skinny on the power output of the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine. Rumor has it that the Camaro ZL1 could be pumping out over 570 horsepower, but for now, all GM's saying is "at least 550."

As soon as we get the official figures from GM, we'll bring them to you. Until then, click past the jump to wach Oppenheiser break down the rest of the 2012 Camaro ZL1.


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      xmailboxcancerx
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is exactly why I try and refrain from being a "Fan Boy" of any particular make or model. I'd rather have a muscle car from Chevy, Ford and Dodge so I won't waste my time hating on the other makes and just enjoy my 3x-the-fun. Sure, that will require me to throw down some serious dough, but you have to be intellectually honest with yourself and just concede that there are good AND bad traits to every vehicle. This will be badass once it hits the streets.
      Joey Lopez
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dont think itll be possible to walk out of a dealership with this for less than 50. Im expecting some pretty nasty dealer markup, at least the first year
      Carl Weisinger
      • 3 Years Ago
      To heck with all this "debt ceiling" talk. Let's go to the drag races !
      JIM
      • 3 Years Ago
      Badass car but im betting they will be over $60,000. Id have to get a gvt. job to afford one.
      usmc32yr
      • 3 Years Ago
      One thing these Jap crap auto makers can not build is a "beast" . Toyota has NEVER built a classic car or a car that is worth more today than it cost brand new . Barrett-Jackson auto auction just sold a '68 Camaro SS427 for $240,000 . How's that for resale value ,sold new for under $5000.
        gtv4rudy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @usmc32yr
        ... and spent 100k restoring it.
          dcamaro98ls7
          • 3 Years Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          No... $240,000 if its all original. And if it costs you more than $15,000 to restore a car then you're just as dumb as the jap crap toyota lovers .
      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      It may be a heavy beast, but damn is that sexy! While it is true that heavier cars have issues with quick transitions, particularly at low speed, you'll see that on big sweepers and the track they can still stick like glue, especially with sticky tires and advanced mag shocks to keep that body steady and level.
      007 Vodka Martini
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's great to be an engineer in Detroit. Even for suppliers that are involved in this stuff. Even the Tier 2s and lower...
      hmadden
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now, if you could just see out of it...
      a2948
      • 3 Years Ago
      Virginia has a car tax. It has been cut a little, but is still in effect. This is the main reason, I and many other people do not buy new cars. The tax on this car per year, would probably be over a thousand dollars. If they want to help car sales, get rid of the car tax in all states. Why should a person have to pay tax every year because they own a car. This is a nice car to look at though.
      boidmorphs
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd consider one if only I could drive it without having to tilt my head sideways. If that was cured, improvement in visibility would be next in line. Plenty of power for sure, but there's much more to it than that, which is why I've bought two Challengers (a Plum Crazy Classic R/T and a Green With Envy SRT8) in a little over a year. I've looked at several Mustangs and Camaros, but they just don't work for me. I do respect them as offerings from the big three though.
      trbilbo
      • 3 Years Ago
      It still looks like it came out of a transformers movie. NOT a good thing. And the interior is simply not ergonomic nor comfortable... WAAYYYY to expensive given what ford and even Dodge are giving you for the money. And of course..... quality is still lacking even in the 'as delivered' state. Closest friend is a chevy fiend... and his 2011 Camaro has now spent 16 days at the dealer. NOT as bad as the 23 days my neighbors 2010 Camry spent behind dealers doors for parts. Still.... our 2010 Fusion and 2011 GT (19000 miles) have not spent ONE day in repair. At least it is mad ein America... and teh PROFITS STAY in the country unlike those who buy Camry's and Hondas "Built in the USA" where every penny of profit goes overseas. Think about it.
        wolfman231
        • 3 Years Ago
        @trbilbo
        Can you not read? The Camaro is made in Canada...and your Ford Fusion is made in Mexico. You are either dumb, or a Ford employee, or both? Don't think about it; it probably won't matter.
      rogerpools
      • 3 Years Ago
      392 hemi one of 1100 only way to go
        boidmorphs
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rogerpools
        Roger that! Did you go with the White or DWB IE? Sweet engine that will be even better once the pcm code is cracked so it's tunable.
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