Oshawa, Ontario – General Motors has built its first production 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, which included a ceremony with Rick Hendrick, owner of NASCAR’s Hendrick Motorsports.

Hendrick, a Camaro enthusiast, purchased the first 2010 Camaro Coupe and first 2011 Camaro Convertible, and has now purchased the first Camaro ZL1 available for public sale. Hendrick acquired the purchase rights for all three cars through the Barrett-Jackson auction with proceeds benefiting local charities.

“This is an exciting new chapter in the ongoing revival of the tremendously popular Chevrolet Camaro,” said Kevin Williams, president and managing director of GM of Canada. “The new 2012 Camaro ZL1 is the most powerful Camaro ever produced by Chevrolet, and further demonstrates the flexible capabilities of the award-winning Oshawa assembly plant.”

The ZL1 uses a supercharged 6.2-litre engine, rated at 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft of torque. It accelerates from zero to 96 km/h in 3.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 297 km/h. The starting price is $58,000.

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