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Camaro ZL1 Officially Rated at 580-hp

2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Camaro ZL1 Officially Rated at 580 hp

Finally, Chevrolet announced official power figures for the Camaro ZL1. It has 580 horsepower (432 kW) and 556 lb.-ft. of torque (754 Nm).

This makes the ZL1 the most powerful and therefore the fastest production ever. Here’s how Chevrolet likes to boast: “The ZL1 delivers more horsepower than a Ferrari 458, more torque than an Aston Martin DB9 V12, and a better power-to-weight ratio than a Porsche 911 Carrera GTS.”

The power comes from a LSA supercharged 6.2 liter V8 engine featuring a unique induction system, with a lower-restriction air filter, dual inlet paths, and improved airflow through the supercharger housing. Other changes include a higher-efficiency supercharger intercooler and electric power steering system, which consumes less engine power than hydraulic-steering systems.

The best thing about the ZL1 is that you can have it with a proper 6-speed manual gearbox. Tremec TR-6060 “MG9” manual features 30 percent more torque capacity than in the Camaro SS. These days only a few 500+ cars are available with manual. You can also get an automatic if you want.

The Camaro ZL1 will feature the third-generation of Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) with three settings: Tour, Sport, and Track.

2012 Camaro ZL1 037 at Camaro ZL1 Officially Rated at 580 hp

The Camaro ZL1 will also offer Performance Traction Management (PTM) as standard equipment, which is exclusive to General Motors. First introduced on the Corvette ZR1, PTM is an advanced system that integrates magnetic ride control, launch control, traction control and electronic stability control, to enhance performance on the racetrack and drag strip.

Five PTM performance levels or modes are available to accommodate the given ambient and track conditions, driver experience/vehicle familiarity and driver comfort levels. They include:

  • Mode 1 – Traction control set for wet conditions, with stability control on and Magnetic Ride Control set on Tour.
  • Mode 2 – Traction control set for dry conditions, with stability control on and Magnetic Ride Control set on Tour.
  • Mode 3 – Traction control set on Sport 1, with stability control on and Magnetic Ride Control set on Sport.
  • Mode 4 – Traction control set on Sport 2, with stability control off and Magnetic Ride Control set on Sport.
  • Mode 5 – Traction control set on Race, with stability control off and Magnetic Ride Control set on Track. Launch control tuned for VHT-prepped drag strips.
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