Just as mysteriously as it began, Chevrolet has removed the production hold it had placed on the 2012 Camaro ZL1. For those keeping track, the delay has lasted roughly three weeks, and we still don't know what the "quality assessment issue" was.

According to Motor Authority, a letter has been sent to those who have placed orders on Chevy's hottest muscle car, letting them know when they can expect their machines to arrive at the dealership.

Cars that had already been produced and had been held back from the waiting garages of buyers will begin trickling to owners in two to three weeks, while orders placed but not yet built will take a little longer. That said, Camaro ZL1 models built in the foreseeable future will very likely continue on with a 2012 model-year designation before the Oshawa plant switches production to the 2013 cars. Just how many 2012 ZL1s will be built remains to b seen.

We also can't help but mention the newly announced Camaro 1LE, which gets some of the track-ready features of the ZL1 with a 426-horsepower V8 in place of the killer 580-horse supercharged engine, along with what's sure to be a much lighter price tag. With choices like these, we'd say it's a good time to be shopping for a Camaro.


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      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sweet. Now lets see a multi car shootout with an SS, GT, 1LE, Boss, ZL1, and GT500. Make it happen somebody.
      corvetteguru
      • 3 Years Ago
      I donno what the gripe is about... 20 years ago, GM would have continued building crap and when they all started spewing metal out the oil pan, left the dealers to sort it out. I call this an improvement.
      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      2 to 3 weeks?!?! Dang!! I guess I better start working overtime!! Them groceries ain't gonna bag themselves!! ;-)
      WhoDaFareyouguyzZ??
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why are you guys bashing each other on who makes a better car??? I say if you can't afford it don't say sh-- about it.. I own a Boss 302, my friend had, emphasis on the "had" a Gt500 2012 and it sucked... Literally the shelby's Sucks Ford sent him an email saying to put sandbags in the trunk to even out the weight lol, the drive isn't as enjoyable as the Boss and it can only go straight. The Boss is an amazing riding car on the otherhand i just ordered my ZL1 and it should come in 2 weeks from now! I can't wait to do a comparison test. I will say my Audi R8 is an amazing luxury car and its fairly cheap at $150K. i'm a Ford and Chevy fan... i'm 18 so don't hate.. Just thought i should let you know there is nothing wrong with any of these Cars! Shelby Gt500's only go straight, Boss 302 is almost as good as the Zl1. If you want a fun driving car get the ZL1 if you want to race on the 1/4 get the Shelby. Simple as that! Got any questions hit me up at carboy5@yahoo.com!
      Christopher
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM can't come up with an idea of their own that trumps the Boss 302 so they try to copy it. SMDH 1le is an option code, they can't even come up with a respectable name for this boat anchor? Just plain, LAME!
        Camaroman101
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Christopher
        the 1LE option code has a bit of history with camaros, since the 3rd gen i believe, if you've never heard it before and don't know about camaros you would think its stupid but i think its pretty cool that they revived it.
        Dark Gnat
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Christopher
        If you had read the press release, you would know that 1LE isn't a "name" for a new Camaro variant. It's simply a track pack that can be added to any SS.
        l9t8z
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Christopher
        Ignorance is bliss. The 1LE track package was available on every model year Camaro from 1988-2002. This is its first appearance on the 5th gen. Copying who now ?!?! Back then, it was the Mustang that didnt have the track pack. Its hilarious how so many act as if the 2011 to present selection of Mustangs and the 2010 to present Camaros are the only versions of these cars to ever exist. Do a little research people. And really, if ya wanna get real technical.....look up the 91-92 Firebird Firehawk's. That was first modern era hardcore track pack car between the stangs and F-cars.
      4gasem
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe they replaced the Fisher Price interior with something that looks useable by people older than 5... Hmm...
      RedHoodJT
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the name "1LE" just sound sooo stupid. Boss 302 sounds much cooler and sicker than "1LE". lol I drive a Camaro 1LE!
        Dark Gnat
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RedHoodJT
        1LE isn't a model name. It is a performance package for the SS. "SS" will still be on the grille.
          Mark Smith
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dark Gnat
          Those Damn guvmint employees can't come up with a name for the car equipped with the 1LE option package? How about the Cartegna Hooker? or the El Salvador Stripper.....Guvmint Motors...what a DAMN SHAME. Make mine a Ford!!
        k_m94
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RedHoodJT
        1LE sounds like the package code for a base Camaro V6 with steelies and an automatic, not for a supposed Boss 302 rivalling track rat. If they are gunning the 302, call it a Z28, if it's not worth of that legendary badge, call it a Camaro Grand Sport, or SS Carbon, or Handling Pack, or whatever. But 1LE is a really dull name.
          Danaon
          • 3 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          IT'S NOT A DIFFERENT VERSION OF THE CAMARO. IT IS AN OPTION PACKAGE. If you order a "1LE" you still get a Camaro SS. It's the same damn car. This is not hard to understand. At all.
          k_m94
          • 3 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          Ok, relax. All of the Boss 302 comparisons threw me. If it really is an NA ZL1 or "the only 40k car to pull 1 g", then surely they could warrant a new model designation, considering that it seems more than an SS with sport suspension.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Chris
        • 3 Years Ago
        The only way I see one of these ending up in a trailer park is if it was stolen, or the guy sold his house and left his wife and kids right after his 40th birthday!!
          donloki
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris
          If we all had the humility to live in a trailer park we could afford any car we wanted.
          Chris
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris
          They are out there. Growing up in south Florida, I knew of plenty of people where you would have never guessed they were broke, and sleeping on a friend's couch by the nice Porsche 911 they were driving around in. I remember remember someone I know taking a trip out to southern California a few years ago and telling me how odd she thought it was to so many BMWs and Mercedes parked in trailer parks.
        Dark Gnat
        • 3 Years Ago
        You shouldn't talk about your family that way.
        Richard Goebel
        • 3 Years Ago
        What?
        caddy-v
        • 3 Years Ago
        He's trying to warn us that he's not taking very good care of his Hyundai.
      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the BOSS almost took the pole position vs the ZL1, I would imagine the GT500 came take that title.
        Frisky_Dingo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @protovici
        You mean the GT500 that will be terribly traction limited, and cost more??
          protovici
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Frisky_Dingo
          Hummm Frisky_Dingo, you must seek knowledge to help you understand that the 2013 has been upgraded with the proper equipment to help with the added power (Seen and touched the car myself at the Kansas City auto show). The aero dynamics, type of tires, suspension upgrades, etc., have been greatly upgraded. I think Ford say the issues with the previous model GT500's traction issues. The GT mustang out performs the SS, the BOSS will outperform the new model SS. The truth is in the numbers!
          ngiotta
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Frisky_Dingo
          $4000 more for 70 more horsepower, a better interior, better visibility and higher top speed? That's a no-brainer. Actually, since the GT500 doesn't carry the gas guzzler tax that the ZL1 does, it barely costs more. You won't really know until you see the deal markups anyway. Oh.... since the new GT500 is a full 10 seconds faster around the 'ring than the ZL1, I'd say traction is sufficient.
          k_m94
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Frisky_Dingo
          With the new gearing, it makes less wheel torque in lower gears than the current one, despite having an extra 90lbft. Yes, it's a bit of a band aid compared to wider, better grip tires, but combined with launch control, and who knows what other improvements, it's fairly safe to assume the new GT500 wont wet its pants in a race due to traction issues, especially given a skilled driver that knows rolling burnouts=/= speed.
      NeoS281
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am very happy to hear this for those patiently awaiting the beast!
      dcn2112
      • 3 Years Ago
      You Ford fanboys are really showing your lack of intelligence right now. The 1LE is not the name of the car. Its still an SS. The 1LE is a package for the SS. This really should not be that hard to understand.......
      Corey Brister
      • 3 Years Ago
      ford fanboy STFU !!!!
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