How does fifty-five grand for 580 horsepower sound? Probably not as good as the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at full scream.

General Motors has come clean with pricing and performance details for the most powerful Camaro ever, and as expected, it's something of a bargain. An official MSRP of $54,995 includes a $900 delivery charge, and that pile of cash buys a 6.2-liter, supercharged and intercooled LSA V8 that's good for 556 lb-ft of torque. The ZL1 will also pack standard Performance Traction Management, a suite of electronic suspension and steering enhancements including magnetic ride control, launch control, traction control, stability control and electric power steering. Chevrolet is also touting the Camaro's track-readiness, thanks to standard rear differential cooler, engine and transmission oil coolers, and brake-cooling ducts.

Chevy's official performance specs for the Camaro ZL1 favor the automatic, which can do 0-60 in 3.9 seconds and cover the quarter-mile in 12.0 seconds at 119 miles per hour. The manual is a tenth of a second slower in both exercises. Know too, that Chevy's stopwatches time from a rolling start. Top speed for the manual is 180 mph and the automatic is four miles per hour faster. Both cars can pull 1.0 g on the skidpad, according to the automaker.

There are only six options on the ZL1, starting with the choice of transmission. An extra $1,185 will get you a six-speed automatic with manual shift mode. Adding bright aluminum wheels will set you back $470, as will stripes. A sunroof is priced at $900, while the carbon fiber hood insert is $600. Finally, a suede package for the steering wheel and shifter is $500. Leather interior is standard, along with heated power seats, and a nine-speaker audio system with USB port and Bluetooth.

Dealers should get their ZL1 coupes in the spring of 2012, getting a head start on the forthcoming 2013 Ford Shelby GT500. Read the full press release after the jump.
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Camaro ZL1 by the Numbers: 3.9 Seconds, 184 mph, $54,995

DETROIT – The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 184 mph. Starting at $54,995, including Performance Traction Management and Magnetic Ride suspension, the ZL1 delivers supercar levels of performance and technology for the price of a sports car.

"From the original Camaro to the current Corvette ZR1, Chevrolet has a long history of delivering world-class cars that outperformed competitors at several times the price," said Chris Perry, vice president, Global Chevrolet Marketing. "The ZL1 is no exception. There are very few cars at any price that can match the power, features, and track-capability of the Camaro ZL1."

For the $54,995 price, including a $900 delivery fee, the ZL1 compares favorably to much more expensive cars:

Base price Horsepower Torque Magnetic Ride
Camaro ZL1 $54,995 580 556 Standard
Audi R8 GT $196,800 560 398 Standard
Maserati
GranTurismo $122,800 405 339 Not available
Mercedes
SLS AMG $185,750 565 479 Not available

Supercar Performance

The heart of the Camaro ZL1 is a supercharged 6.2L engine is SAE-rated at 580 horsepower (432 kW) and 556 lb.-ft. of torque (754 Nm) – making it the most-powerful production Camaro ever.

The LSA features a Roots-style blower with an efficient four-lobe rotor set and compact intercooler The ZL1 also features a standard dual-mode exhaust system, with vacuum-actuated valves in the exhaust pipes for a refined exhaust note at low speeds as well as a free-flowing system for peak performance.

Power is delivered to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. With either transmission, the Camaro ZL1 delivers impressive performance:

Manual Automatic
0 – 60 mph (from rolling start) 4.0 seconds 3.9 seconds
1/4-mile (from a rolling start) 12.1 sec at 119 mph 12.0 sec at 119 mph
Top speed 180 mph 184 mph
Max lateral grip 1.0 g 1.0 g

"With 0 to 60 taking less than four seconds, and a top speed in excess of 180 mph, the power and acceleration of the Camaro ZL1 rivals many supercars," said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. "And, horsepower is only half of the story, as the most significant measurement of the ZL1's potential is lapping the Nurburgring in 7:41.27. That is a great testament to the power, braking, grip, and balance of the Camaro ZL1, and to the well-rounded performance of the ZL1 that sets the bar for the sports-car segment."

Exclusive, track-capable technologies

To deliver that well-rounded performance, the Camaro ZL1 comes standard with several track-capable technologies that are exclusive to the segment.

For example, the Camaro ZL1 is the first sports car to feature the third-generation of Magnetic Ride. This advanced suspension system employs valve-less damping and Magneto-Rheological (MR) fluid technology to varies the suspension firmness to match the road and driving conditions.

"Traditional suspension systems at some point compromise ride quality for road-holding grip and body control," said Oppenheiser. "With Magnetic Ride Control, we can offer customers the best of both worlds: A comfortable ride that makes the ZL1 appropriate as a daily driver and the incredibly precise body control that makes the ZL1 so enjoyable on the track."

Also standard on the Camaro ZL1 is Performance Traction Management, which integrates magnetic ride control, launch control, traction control, electronic stability control and electric power steering response to enhance performance. The technology was first introduced on the Corvette ZR1. With Performance Traction Management, the launch control feature (manual transmission only) automatically modulates engine torque for the best-possible acceleration without excessive wheel spin. When the driver pushes the throttle to the floor, the system holds a predetermined engine speed until the driver releases the clutch. Then, the system modulates engine torque 1,000 times per second to maximize the available traction. Similarly, on a road course, the driver can apply full throttle when exiting a corner and Performance Traction Management will automatically manage acceleration dynamics to maximize exit speed based on available traction.

In addition, the Camaro ZL1 has been engineered to be track-capable from the factory, including a rear-differential cooler, an integrated engine- and transmission-oil cooler, and brake-cooling ducts as standard equipment. As such, the ZL1 offers many technologies and features not available on the 2012 Ford Shelby GT500:

Camaro ZL1 2012 GT500
Magnetic Ride Standard Not available
Performance Traction Management Standard Not available
Factory engine and transmission coolers Standard Dealer-installed option
Factory brake cooling ducts Standard Dealer-installed option
Factory rear differential cooler Standard Dealer-installed option


Additional features and options

The interior of the Camaro ZL1 features standard leather seating surfaces with suede microfiber inserts and heated, powered-adjustable front seats. Standard technologies include a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics® audio system; USB and Bluetooth connectivity; and rear-park assist with a rear-view camera display integrated in the center rear-view mirror.

The Camaro ZL1 is available with six options:
• Six-speed automatic transmission with TapShift controls is $1,185
• 20-inch, bright aluminum wheel package is $470
• Power sunroof is $900
• Stripe package is $470
• Exposed-weave carbon fiber hood insert is $600
• The suede package, including suede microfiber accents on the steering wheel, shift knob, and shift boot is $500

The Camaro ZL1 Coupe will go on sale in the spring of 2012, as a 2012 model. The Camaro ZL1 Convertible will go on sale in the summer of 2012, as a 2013 model. Pricing for the Camaro ZL1 Convertible will be announced later.


About Chevrolet
Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet celebrates its centennial as a global automotive brand with annual sales of about 4.25 million vehicles in more than 140 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. The Chevrolet portfolio includes iconic performance cars such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long-lasting pickups and SUVs such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers such as Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers "gas-friendly" solutions including Cruze Eco and Volt. Cruze Eco offers 42 mpg highway while Volt offers 35 miles of electric, gasoline-free driving and an additional 344 miles of extended gasoline range, according to EPA estimates. Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models, fuel solutions and OnStar availability can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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      GreaseMonkeySRT
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why can't people just enjoy the fact that we are still getting these types of cars in this day in age? People can't appreciate anything anymore, regardless of who makes it or what it is. Instead, people compare a couple numbers like a 1st grader, and instantly declare a winner without ever having set foot in either vehicle. Anything short of a given number by anything else sucks and never should have been built. Let's try to be car enthusiasts here instead of a bunch of fan boy naysayers.
        tipdrip215
        • 3 Years Ago
        @GreaseMonkeySRT
        You're very right. After emissions regulations took away high HP in the 70's, it took over 20 years to have enough advancements to get the HP back. I wasn't alive back then, but I'm sure many gearheads wondered if we could ever see true high performance in a new American car again. The Camaro didn't hit the magic 300hp again until '98 (when the LS1 came out), and while it only took Ford one more year to get the Mustang back to that, it was with the Cobra (the GT wouldn't hit 300 until after the 2005 redesign). Now the muscle cars are even more powerful than they were in the 60's and early 70's, and the shootout going on between the Big 3 and even Hyundai with the GenCoupe now is just epic. For me, it's a blast to watch regardless of what make you root for.
      Mchicha
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chevrolet sweat the details of this car, this did not just add power and brembos... I await the showdown between it and Ford's GT500
        dan1malk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mchicha
        Handling prowess is much more impressive to me from both an engineering and driving perspective than simply adding more power. To me, that's where this battle is won or lost. Good day for an American car guy! Envious day to be a poor car guy. Are we really happy to find out a Pony car is deal at $50k+??
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mchicha
        yep, obviously a BIG priority was improving outward vision......irrespective, pretty awesome car warts and all, just like the new GT500...choices are GOOD!
        Bandit5317
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mchicha
        Actually, the SS already comes with brembo brakes standard. Just judging from the pictures, it looks like they may have been carried over for the ZL1.
      Eta Carinae
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love this car and the mustang, but give me a ctsv coupe.......it stands out amongst the crowd while the camaro and mustang blend in with the regulars....could care less about how high the horsepower is compared to these because when I driving down the highway I can still blow most of the crowd out of the water.........lance.b
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would rather have a Vette or a CTSv over this any day of the week.
      Wesley
      • 2 Years Ago
      All gm did was make it handle better the numbers are identical to the boss. the boss actually pulls more gs you still have the gt 350 r which the zl1 is not even on the level and ford has the 2013 gt 500. So gm is just wasting the bailout money. For this car to run identical number to a n/a car shame on gm.
      Wesley
      • 2 Years Ago
      IIt's too bad this car barley beats the boss.
      Wisdom Seeker
      • 3 Years Ago
      $55K is always a bargain when it's not your money.
      Georg
      • 3 Years Ago
      $54,995... thats 40,000Euro... that cost a 400hp Carmaro 6.2 in Germany ... without any options basic painting...
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Chopper
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yea, because as we all know, you can't kill a kid or cute wild animal with a Camry.
        Prince David
        • 3 Years Ago
        Honda Accord is way better than your Toyota Trash anyway
        • 3 Years Ago
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        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        Haha, what? What, at all, does a Camry have to do with this car other than having 4 wheels? You're really reaching for your bigoted criticisms on American cars on this one. Go away troll.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wow, what an idiot. Id tell you AutoblogGreen is that way -------------> but even they know that a V8 camaro is no more dangerous to running over kiddies and furry things than a Camry.
      Bryant Keith
      • 3 Years Ago
      So Ford releases the GT500 and chevy announces that the Camaro will cost more, be slower, and won't be as well equiped...good plan chevy. I wonder why you needed bailout money.
        Toneron
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bryant Keith
        Exactly.
        Autoblogist
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bryant Keith
        Wow, AB's own Sylvia Browne! He's know how much the new GT500 will cost even before Ford announces it.
        Levi1922
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bryant Keith
        I didn't see the pricing of the 2013 GT500, can you post a link please? As well as the ring time. Also, which car was the one thats currently the safest car tested? oh yeah, camaro, No wonder ford had to sell their name to a bank.
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        SheldonRoss
        • 3 Years Ago
        "just add power as a bandaid for a uncompetative appliance." That's funny because every credible source rates the standard Mustang as superior to the Camaro. Car and Driver, MotorTrend, Road and Track, Inside Line... Maybe the ZL1 will beat the GT500, maybe it won't. But right now the crown rests squarely on the Mustangs head.
          montoym
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SheldonRoss
          quote from SheldonRoss: - "But right now the crown rests squarely on the Mustangs head." - About time I guess, they went decades without seeming to care that the Camaros wiped the floor with any Mustang available. At least the Mustang fanboys have finally started to let go of their outdated Fox bodies. Good to see them putting up a fight at least, giv the GM guys a reason to push the limits a bit.
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        funny...if the Mustang is uncompetitive, what exactly does that make its competition....seriously Matt, you REALLY dig your own holes....
      ramairjer
      • 3 Years Ago
      A 200mph top speed for the GT500 from the factory is a huge bragging point. So what if it has traction issues. Power numbers sell these cars. The GT500's revised gearing and differential should help it. Even if it is $60K it will be a better buy consider it is a 200mph car. To say nothing of the Camaro's awful interior.
        rex
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ramairjer
        Ya, but then you would have to look at a GT500 everyday in your garage...not a pretty sight to me...sure a lot of stang droids posting on a camaro story...very insecure I would say...and bet none will buy the GT...money talks, other walks
          Georgie Porgie
          • 3 Years Ago
          @rex
          I'm neither mustang guy nor camaro guy. But suggesting that looking at the camaro in the garage is in someway an upgraded experience from looking at the mustang makes my gut hurt from hysterical laughter.
        dan1malk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ramairjer
        You are absolutely right about how numbers sell these cars, more than real world performance. A 200mph top speed for the GT500 from the factory is a useless real-world point. 'Excited' driving on real roads will lead to traction issues. Power numbers are choked by speed limits. (But you're right) The GT500's revised gearing and differential should help it. Even if it is $50k it will be a better buy to those with the 'mine-is-better-than-yours-because-this-paper-says-so' mentality. Consider it is a 200mph car and the bench racers will love car more than real drivers. To say nothing of the Camaro's polarizing interior.
        AlphaGnome
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ramairjer
        Yes. Because everyone who buys these cars will actually test their claimed top speed, right?
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