Back in october 2010 we spotted what we thought was a new iteration of the infamous Z28 Camaro, It turns out that the car was actually the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
The ZL1 name is derived from the infamous all aluminium engine, which was developed in the late 1960’s and the exclusivity back then only went in to 69 examples.
The LSA 6.2l supercharged engine will produce approximately 550 hp (410 kW) and the rear wheels will be driven by a six speed manual dual clutch system and magnetic dampening billed as “Ride Control” mated to a LSD.
The ZL1 will be the fastest camaro ever offered by chevrolet and the stats are still evolving in the depths of Chevrolet development and test facilities.
Major elements of the ZL1’s design are a new front fascia and hood with air extractors, designed in tandem to create aerodynamic downforce to aid handling.
The car’s hood includes a signature center section constructed of carbon fiber and rendered in satin black finish. New rocker panels, wide tires, 20-inch wheels and exhaust tips portray the car’s handling and power.
The ZL1 badge appears on the grille, hood and the brake calipers, all key areas portraying the technology within.
ZL1’s signature from the front is the redesigned fascia and aluminum hood with a raised, carbon fiber insert.
The fascia includes a front splitter and new vertical fog lamps. The fog lamp area includes air intakes designed for brake cooling.
The hood features front-mounted air extractors that direct air precisely over the car. Visually, this center section, in satin black carbon fiber, communicates the car’s high-performance intent as a visual contrast to the car’s exterior color.
The car is due for release in 2012