The brand new member of the Chevrolet family, the Camaro ZL1 had its premiere at the Chicago Auto Show. The ZL1 borrows its name from Chevy’s all aluminium racing engine of the late 60s, which was installed into 69 regular production 1969 Camaros. In Camaro’s 45 year long history, ZL1 is hailed as technically most sophisticated and its performance is of highest quality.
An LSA 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine is packed into the ZL1, which turns out to be a good gel with an estimated 550 horsepower and a massive 550 lb.ft. of torque (745 Nm). These are paired to a six speed manual transmission with a dual disc clutch system and a shorter throw shifter. Though with a tight leash being maintained on the performance attributes of the car, but with the power of 550 horses at bay, the vehicle is sure not to disappoint in the areas of top speed and outright acceleration.
A revised suspension with a Magnetic Ride Control system and a high performance Brembo brake system with six piston calipers up front and four at the back are part of a series of chassis upgrades. It also sports a brand new electric power steering system and 20 inch lightweight alloy wheels shod in Goodyear Supercar F2 tires.
The flagship of Camaro is eminent by a new front face. The all so known hood with centre section of carbon fiber and satin black shade is still there but with an inclusion of air extractors. Front bumper redesigned, rocker panel renewed, boot lid spoiler enlarged and four exhaust tips, the ZL1 is all set to roar!
“Everything about the ZL1’s design is directly related to its technology and serious performance, especially aerodynamics,” said Ed Welburn, vice president, Global Design. “Our designers’ goal was to execute that function-oriented design with beautifully sculpted forms, creating an imposing, powerful persona. Function becomes the aesthetic. The intent is a car that delivers on the attitude it projects.”
Sport seats in microfiber suede inserts, a flat bottom steering wheel with a center hub and spoke design as found on the Sonic […] and new trims throughout, the inside of this Chevy is grand.
The Camaro is planned to set free to rule the road by the start of 2012. For more details on the specs, scroll down for the official release.