2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe tested at Inde
We Flog the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Inde Motorsports Ranch
Written by: Jason Udy G+ on December 12 2011 3:35 PM
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Although holiday gatherings with family and friends brighten the winter season, many enthusiasts are already looking forward to warmer weather to welcome the arrival of many fair-weather performance vehicles. One such springtime arrival set to warm the auto enthusiast’s soul is the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe.
We recently got our hands on the new Camaro ZL1 and were able to flog the top-of-the-line four-passenger bow-tie around Inde Motorsports Ranch, located about an hour outside of Tucson, Arizona. Inde Motorsports Ranch is a high-speed technical track that puts as much emphasis on suspension as it does horsepower. Plenty of elevation changes, off camber, increasing and decreasing radius turns means the driver has very little time to rest during laps. The track is almost like running a “best of” mix-tape with replicas of the most challenging corners from around the world.
So how did GM’s most powerful pony car to date fare in the bright and sunny Arizona desert? We can’t tell you – at least not yet – but a full test will be available after we get back from the 2012 Detroit auto show.
In addition to sharing some event photos taken by the Motor Trend photo team, what we can tell you is this:
- The ZL1 is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 producing 580 hp and 556 lb-ft of torque with an active exhaust system
- Choice of two six-speed transmissions: automatic or manual transmissions
- Brembo brakes
- Corvette ZR1’s Performance Traction Management system standard
- GM claims the new Camaro ZL1 coupe will hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds
It unofficially lapped the famed Nurburgring in 7:41.27
- Engineers spent more than 100 hours in the wind tunnel to achieve zero-neutral lift or negative lift – a GM first
The coupe goes on sale springtime next year with a base price of $54,995
- The convertible will be available next summer as a 2013 model
GM expects the convertible to give up little performance to the coupe
- The Camaro’s chief engineer said Mustang fans can thank the Camaro ZL1 for the GT500’s recent improvements
- Our test crew flogged the new Camaro ZL1 around the track—stay tuned for our complete report on January 17
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