• Feb 17, 2012
Chevrolet's fire-breathing, Nürburgring-shredding Camaro ZL1 can now be custom configured for your very own garage – at least your virtual one.

The 580-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8-powered Chevrolet won't come cheaply, starting at $54,995, and choices are limited. Major options include paint (we're kind of fond of the $325 Rally Yellow scheme shown above, though perhaps it's a little too Transformersque), transmission choice (six-speed manual or automatic), wheel finish, sunroof and faux suede interior bits. Given that this is a small-volume model with serious performance intentions, we're not bothered by the limited decision tree offered by the configurator, and it helps tamp the bottom line down.

Build your own by checking out the link below, or compare and contrast builds against the ZL1's nemesis, the Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 by checking out the latter's configurator here.


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      Maxximtl
      • 2 Years Ago
      Odd, I don't see the box where I select "insane dealer markup"
      Number23
      • 2 Years Ago
      God forgive me, but I'd get orange.
      Kent Kangley
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know the Dodge Challenger SRT392 isn't quite in the same league as the ZL1 and GT500, but if I had the money to buy one of the three, that's what I'd get.
      avconsumer2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Incredible machine. I wouldn't have one... but I will envy those that do.
      XT6Wagon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Two Hundred Miles Per Hour. All you need to know why this is already obsolete. Well that and a base 2012 Vette is a better car too. Oh and the CTS-V. In all 3 of its versions. So yah. Thanks GM for a car that you already do better.
        187fl
        • 2 Years Ago
        @XT6Wagon
        If you do not like this car don't post and go buy a gt500. I'm just glad this car came out, whether you like it or not, it is good competition. I'm sure the next generation Camaro will fix a lot of its issues but for now we can enjoy a this car that can do pretty well for its shortcomings. 7:41 in the ring is not bad at all for a 55k car. Give credit were credit is due.
        msspamrefuge
        • 2 Years Ago
        @XT6Wagon
        Yeah, because every ZL1 and GT500 driver is destined to square off in a top-speed drag race. . . The Vette is a better performance platform and value, but for some, the two-generations out of date interior and the occasional whiff of fiberglass resin are strikes against its case as the better car. The CTS-V on the other hand is a poorer performance value. More money gets less power, older electronics, and smaller tires.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @XT6Wagon
        Yeah, you're right, why does GM need the Camaro when it has the Corvette and CTS-V? Then we can come on here and piss and moan about how GM has nothing to go head to head with the Mustang and Challenger. Or are you one of those delusional folks who thinks a Corvette or Cadillac CTS-V can compete in that niche market?
          Chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris
          That depends on who you ask. At this point, I would choose the Camaro because I have always been more partial to muscle cars. I would not turn either of them down though. They are two totally different kinds of cars. Both cars tend to be emotional purchases rather than practical ones, so your whole point is somewhat moot here. If someone wants a true sports car, they will choose the Vette, hands down. If they prefer a larger car that turns a lot of heads, they will go with the Camaro. As an enthusiast of all things cars, I am all for more choices. Heck, I wish GM would bring back the Chevelle, even though it probably would not make much sense from a business standpoint. We didn't always have it this good, you know.
          XT6Wagon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris
          I dunno, Which would you rather have, a Corvette GrandSport or a Camaro? Same money. Or save 10K for a normal Corvette. Sure it doesn't have 550hp, but um.. If your car is 500+lbs less, you don't need it. Grandsport has the widebody of the Z06, so you still get massive tires. Still have massive brakes. Its not going to be a high production run either so if you want collectablity its still there.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        FSLIV
        • 2 Years Ago
        OMG where have you been for the last ten odd years. This is nothing new for any manufacturer.
        ravenosa
        • 2 Years Ago
        Uh, if you go to the configurator, you'd see you have to pay extra for certain colors. Yellow, orange and green, so I'm not sure you'd be missing out if you didn't want to drop the extra whopping $350. I wouldn't want to see this beast in anything other than black, anyways...
        FSLIV
        • 2 Years Ago
        OMG where have you been for the last ten odd years. This is nothing new for any manufacturer.
      Sum Ting Wong
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Ford's configurator is so much easier to operate than Chevrolet's.
      Trent
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car has a real bad *ss stance and just looks mean. Well done Chevy, well done.
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thing with the Camaro is you can take it to the track without having to add extras!!
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would have to be black to mimic a Black Diamond CTS-V or Centennial Edition ZR1. Yellow is for gheys.
      Scurvy
      • 2 Years Ago
      If this was any other vehicle, I have a feeling the 'faux suede' comment would have been replaced with 'alcantara' or 'micro suede'
      Ace Convoy
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...It's funny... We've been looking at the Camaro ZL1 since 2009 in Transformers Revenge of the fallen. everybody was saying what the heck is that travesty of a Camaro... Now... You hypocrites
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