General Motors has been noticeably tight-lipped about the specifications for its 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, leaving enthusiasts to salivate and daydream over the sorts of possibilities that can arise from a supercharged, all-aluminum V8. Now we can wonder no more. According to a post in the Camaro5 forums, dealers already have the skinny on the meanest Camaro of them all. The model will reportedly arrive with a blistering 580 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque under its wide hood. Those figures are good enough to hustle the 4,120-pound muscle car around the fabled Nürburgring in a skinny seven minutes and 41 seconds, though something tells us that has as much to do with the car's 51/49 weight balance.

Two wheel options will be available, including a five-spoke and a 10-spoke design, and buyers can pick from a total of nine colors. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard equipment, though a six-speed automatic will also be available for those buyers who wish to leave the cog-swapping to the car. The Camaro ZL1 will also come with the same four-pack console gauges as the SS model, though a boost gauge is now part of the party. Head over to the Camaro5 for a full look at the vehicle's specifications.


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      natemags
      • 3 Years Ago
      My E85 03 Cobra would walk this thing even with the top down!!!
      moderate fringe
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish they'd made a Trans-Camaro based on the '70.
      Seven Eigh8 Si6
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it, this would come second in my preference to GT500.
        Seven Eigh8 Si6
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Seven Eigh8 Si6
        Plus I don't see what all this fuss is about the weight. I am sure its still fast than most cars on the road for you to show off.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still no price?
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Oh and for perspective, this Camaro's 'Ring time is only 13 seconds slower than the $1/4 million McLaren.
          Hazdaz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
          @ Elmo "13 seconds is quite a lot..." yeah, so is a quarter of a million dollars! I am not saying that those two cars are anywhere near the same category, but I still think its impressive the time that this Camaro got
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
          13 seconds is quite a lot...
          NissanGTR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
          Chevy had a test/race car driver. Mclaren had a third party journalist.
          Bandit5317
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
          @Elmo Not around an 8 minute track.
          Slizzo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
          @ Bandit - Uh, yeah 13 seconds IS still a lot around an 8 minute track. Especially one where you're dipping into the latter end of the 100MPH-200MPH range on the main straight, which also happens to be close to where the start/finish line is usually drawn for timed runs such as this one.
      BG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice, very nice. But automatic trans avail? Oh, no, here we go again. Wait for all the lame excuses: "I wanted manual but my wife (significant other) can't use a clutch." "I commute a lot in heavy traffic." "I have to drive up and down steep hills." "I need to consider resale." Etc., etc.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Jared Chavez
        • 3 Years Ago
        2013 GT500 is 660hp from the factory, you can stay in Fantasy La- err... GM Country...
        Jon Bowen
        • 3 Years Ago
        no prob, see you in november
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Just wait. You'll most likely be seeing 600hp from the upcoming supercharged 5.8L.
        Tyler
        • 3 Years Ago
        With the upcoming 5.8L I think the war is going to new heights. Ford would be wise to take a page from GM's book and offer an auto in the GT500. My mom bought an 06 Mustang GT because she wanted the GT500 but cant drive stick. We tried teaching her, but a sad Ranger and a poor S-10 both had burnt clutches....Shes a two footed driver. Some people just cant do it. Anyways, us car guys should enjoy it while we can, with the looming cafe standards, there are going to be very limited offerings....MAYBE they will be smart.... find ways around cafe standard through in-house performance packages that can be installed after the vehicle is purchased.
        Tyler
        • 3 Years Ago
        As everyone else has stated, the new GT500 is coming with a 600+ hp DOHC blown 5.8L with an all new chassis and suspension. The next Mustang is also supposed to be lighter too. Come at me Camaro!
      sp33dklz
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is one slow 580 horsepower car.
        Tyler
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sp33dklz
        3.8 seconds in a 4,120 lb car is not that slow... especially saying that a way way more aerodynamic, lighter, more expensive, and more powerful Murcielago does the 0-60 in 0.4 seconds quicker.
        Adrian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sp33dklz
        If you think that's slow (even for its shear amount of horsepower), you've got mental issues.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sp33dklz
        Show me another car in its class that can do under 8 minutes around the Nurburgring.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        Take off the dress and shift your own gears.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
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        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        not me....gimme a stick any day of the week, especially in a vehicle like this....
        Drew Lyons
        • 3 Years Ago
        ...... Wow you seem like the nit picking type, its just a sentence, don't let it affect you so much. :-)
        Quen47
        • 3 Years Ago
        Uh, this isn't a Camry, or even a run of the mill Camaro. I'm betting the take rate will be 50/50, or possibly even tilt towards manuals on this model. The first run for 2011 was manual-only and they didn't really seem to have trouble selling every one they could build. Plus, this is a car blog, not Consumer Reports. Most of us would much, much rather have a stick on a car like this.
      Oceanblue78
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why oh why Chevy did you follow Ford's suit and plaster unpainted plastic everywhere. This thing will look like epic trash in 3 years times. Now that I think about it, I guess they wanted to match the interior.
        Oceanblue78
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Oceanblue78
        wow lots of grammatical errors in that post. Forgive me lol.
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Oceanblue78
        its actually there for a reason....ever headrd of stone chips, and from a stylistic standpoint its there to prevent the car looking too slab sided....
          Oceanblue78
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Oscar I do not know where you live but even with all of the contruction in my suburb, I rarely see tar. Its called tar remover, ill gladly use it instaed of having to replace expensive plastic parts in 3 yrs time.
          Oceanblue78
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Its only there for style and lame cheapness. I have had 2 mustangs, a 99 and an 02. Everything was painted, and it held up extrememely well. It has nothing to do with looking to slab sided as the current Camaro does not have all of this plastic everywhere, its all painted minus the little bit underneath the back bumper.
        Alex
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Oceanblue78
        These cars are made for a specific marketing segment which doesn't need redundantly expensive materials... If you like your plastic painted - look for CTS-V instead.
          Oceanblue78
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Alex
          The current Camaro has everything painted minus the small part underneath the rear bumper. Next excuse.
      Alex Butti
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow (not in a good way). Cars these days get fatter by the second ! I remember when the latest Chevy Camaro hit the showroom few years ago, people would flock and make comments about "those huge Brembo brakes" failing to understand the car was close to 3900lbs. This car NEEDS Brembo brakes badly, not because it's cool, but because it's fat-pig weigh. Then I scan thru this article and read 580hp...yada yada yada....wow ! Lots of power.....then I see how much it weighs ! Holy fvck ! 4100+lbs ! Now that's heavy. This car needs that much power to get up and go. Sometime certain people just don't get it. It's not only about power, it's about handling and braking and ultimately boils down to, "is it fun to drive?" I have a very hard time answering that question. I rather buy a Miata, seriously.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd love to see what wonders the next Camaro could do with this engine, with >600 hp to compete with the next GT500, but much smaller and only 3700 lbs.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Bandit5317
        • 3 Years Ago
        They might have to charge a bit more than that. That's a $15,000 engine...
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Bandit5317
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        It'd be hard to make it RWD when the car is based on a FWD chassis.
        Tolitz Rosel
        • 3 Years Ago
        ... yet we see FWD cars like CAMRY and Accord, even Focuses, Fiestas and Malbus with automatic transmissions, outselling RWDs, even among "guys" ... any idea why? So you want to make the interior cheap just so you could up the performance and charge a premium price? People don't buy cars just to take them on the racetrack - many spend 2-3 hours a day inside their car... unless you're a racecar driver, a gazillion horsepower and ridiculous torque won't matter during rush hour when you're sitting still in that big parking lot we know as the freeways...
        Tyler
        • 3 Years Ago
        Maybe do it to a Caprice....?
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