2012 Camaro ZL1 will receive ZR1 Traction Management, optional automatic transmission

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 13, 2011

The Camaro 2012 ZL1 – the most technically advanced Camaro ever -- is clearly the most interesting thing to happen to Chevrolet recently. It will arrive about six months from now so all that we could do is take the time to discuss what we’ve learned about this model so far.

Chevrolet has recently teased that it will deliver more power than the 550hp estimate given earlier. Chief engineer Al Oppenheiser made the announcement in the official introduction of the 2012 Camaro ZL1 at the Camaro Homecoming, which took place next to the Oshawa Assembly Plant where the regular Camaro is rolled out.

He said that this model will have higher output than the Cadillac CTS-V. Production is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2012. It has also been announced that the ZL1 will have an optional automatic transmission and will be faster and have more consistent lap times since it was equipped with the Corvette ZR1’s Performance Traction Management system.

Viewing these details makes us think that it could rival the Boss 302 but we’ll have to know the pricing too to know for sure. Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing, said that the Camaro ZL1 is a car that can’t be compared to anything else in this segment in terms of design and technology. He said further that this model is named after the “most elite and exclusive Camaro in history."

What’s the ride of your choice in and around the metropolis? Cruise all around the city with the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. This baby first debuted at the Chicago Auto Show from 2011 and is still the highest performing Camaro model in its class. ZL1 Camaro stands true to its cutting edge performance technology and is expected to be launched in the early months of 2012.

The supercharged V8 engine encourages this machine to produce as much as 410kW (550hp). No doubt, the ZL1 is the fastest Camaro ever built by Chevy. Beyond that, the ZL1 comes with a fully developed suspension and chassis system for better braking, handling and balance that suit the car’s high engine output.

The new Camaro ZL1 goes through an extensive set of procedures to ensure the product live up to Chevrolet standards. Chevrolet VP for marketing Rick Scheidt believes that ZL1 is more on the high performance design and technology, making the Camaro a car like no other. And so they’ve named it after the most exclusive and elite Camaro engine of all time---The ZL1.

Not known to all, the name ZL1 is derived from a popular racing engine in the 1960s.This engine is made of aluminium and is installed in only 69 Camaro units produced in 1969. ZL1 engine is exclusive to the elite Camaro owners during their time. With this new 2012 model, we can only expect a whole new level in terms of the car’s capability and performance.

The new level of performance is defined by Camaro’s excellent driving dynamics and optimum lap times around the circuits. Adding new technologies, such as Magnetic Ride Control and electric power steering, made all these possible. No wonder, the ZL1 comes with the most highly responsive suspension system to date.

The Camaro ZL1 design is more about the car’s performance than outside appearance. Global Design Vice President Ed Welburn thinks that every design is correlated particularly in terms of aerodynamics, serious performance and technology. Their designers prefer function before aesthetic and what they came up with is a car with powerful persona and an impressive design.

ZL1s distinctive new design is evident on the hood that comes with air extractors along with its front fascia for an aerodynamic handling. The carbon-fiber hood at the centre is painted in black satin finish, making the Camaro highly recognisable even at far distance. A very distinct ZL1 emblem is visible on the key areas (e.g. brake calipers, hood and grille). Expect 20-inch wheels, wide tires and new rocker panels to go with the Camaro ZL1.

Overall, the new Chevrolet Camaro projects what the ZL1 stands for. Taking inspiration from GM’s all-aluminum V8 engine, every detail is refined to perfection to give that smooth and exceptional driving performance. It also has a new intercooled supercharger system with heat resistant cylinder heads that perfectly blend with the rest of the Chevrolet Camaro’s features.

• Torque: 677Nm (550lb-ft)

• Horsepower: 550 (410kW

• 6.2L LSA supercharged engine

The LSA design elements include piston oil squirters, 6th generation Eaton supercharger (with 4-lobe rotors), high strength hypereutectic pistons and a balanced, lightweight-reciprocating assembly. Since the ZL1 comes with an electric power steering, this model does not at all include a traditional hydraulic power steering pump anywhere. In other words, there’s no need for any engine power to be used to perform its function, thus, it gives way to a better overall engine performance.

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