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  • Sep 22nd 2011 at 12:31PM
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We have to admit that we tend to lean toward the Ford Mustang when it comes time to pick our favorite pony car, but the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 may change all that. The track-bred beast packs supercharged power, one very advanced magnetic suspension setup and a whole heap of attitude. Now, General Motors is out to build some anticipation for the newest member of the Camaro clan with a set of behind the scenes ads designed to get us all licking our chops before the vehicle arrives in showrooms.

The first two clips have already hit the interwebs, and they focus on the fact that the ZL1 will pack a customizable launch control mode that's accessible merely by mashing the traction control button twice. That kind of kit is good for setting fire to the quarter mile and generally embarrassing one and all from stoplight to stoplight. The second ad focuses a little more heavily on the advanced suspension at work in the ZL1, and includes a few shots of the mighty Bowtie carving up a track. Hit the jump to enjoy.

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      Robert Niknam
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pure. Sex. I
      • 3 Years Ago
      Holy christ look at that thing corner with traction control on, are sure these guys aren't german?
        Gordon Chen
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's that magnetic suspension. Has to be the most impressive feature of this car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Clarkson will love this one. He'll say it's cheesy, and cheap..... But he's gonna love it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      got wood.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good lord it looks fast
      Tippy Dobbs
      • 3 Years Ago
      Never been much of a Camaro fan, but this one might just make me a believer.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      If i here one more person say "that thing is a pig" or "it needs to loose like,,,,,400 pounds" im going to snap. First off the platform itself is heavy, There is not to much GM can do about that until the alpha platform camaro comes out, so shut up, Second "heavy" cars can handle and be just as fast, they just have to make up for the weight with mechanical grip and setup. and by looking at the 580HP and 305 tires with that down right magical suspension set up that GM has this car will be faster and handle better than an car you have ever driven. (unless you are a racer) and if you have noticed when GM wants to build a fast car they a dont hold back and they dont come up short.. and please just because this car will be fast does not mean the Ford GT 500 isnt fast, so saying that you like the camaro does not mean you dont like the mustang sorry for the rant car video game know-it -alls drive me nuts
        • 3 Years Ago
        You could have all the power in the world and out do a lambo or ZR1 or whatever, it still "looks" like a pig.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still overweight
        Shawn Brinker
        • 3 Years Ago
        Thanks for the update, but none of us care about your personal problems.
      Smooth Motor
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome.......but.........will still likely be too heavy. If it could loose 300-400 pounds then you might have something that could be a real beast on the track.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Smooth Motor
        That magnetic suspension up to this point has made a liar out of doubters everywhere. Now they've improved it. Something tells me it will more than compensate for the heft of this car. Just take a look at what the 1st gen. Magnetic Ride Control did for that elephant, the Ferrari 599. I remember back in the 80s Lotus was fooling around with Active Suspension, well, GM has mastered it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of course this *looks* fast, but I'm wondering why they had to speed up the video of the action segments. I mean, this car could have run a 15 second 1/4 mile, but the video speed-up made it run it in 4 seconds. Same for the cornering. I'll reserve judgement on this for when they release unaltered video of the handling and straight-line performance. I gotta say, the magnetic suspension does sound promising. I can't wait for the inevitable vs. videos that will come out with this thing going up against the GT500. The good thing is, if it beats the GT500, they'll make a better GT500. Everyone wins.
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