2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1
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2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1

Chicago, Illinois – GM has introduced the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at the Chicago Auto Show. The model uses a 6.2-litre supercharged engine producing an estimated 550 horsepower and is the highest-performing Camaro ever.

The new model is planned for launch at the beginning of 2012.

The ZL1 features a technologically advanced and highly developed chassis and suspension system to deliver balanced, track-ready handling and braking power to complement the high engine output, the company said.

“Camaro ZL1 is about high-tech performance and design, and is a type of car no one has ever brought to this segment previously,” said Rick Scheidt, vice-president of Chevrolet marketing. “It’s the most technically advanced Camaro ever, so we’ve chosen a name from the most elite and exclusive Camaro in history.”

The ZL1 name is derived from an all-aluminum racing engine of the same name, developed in the late 1960s and installed into 69 regular-production 1969 Camaros.

Major elements of the ZL1’s design are a new front fascia and hood with air extractors, signature centre carbon fibre hood section, new rocker panels, wide tires and 20-inch wheels. The ZL1 badge appears on the grille, hood and brake calipers.

The ZL1 will be built at GM’s plant in Oshawa, Ontario.

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