The assembly plant of General Motors in Oshawa, Ontario, has commenced regular production of the reintroduced 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Kevin Williams, president and managing director of GM of Canada, commented that this is an "exciting new chapter" in the revival of the "tremendously popular" Chevrolet Camaro.
He added that the new 2012 Camaro ZL1 further displays the "flexible capabilities" of the "award-winning" Oshawa Assembly Plant. With a 6.2-liter 580 hp engine and a torque of 556 pounds-feet, the sports vehicle is the most powerful production Camaro ever in the manufacturer's history.
The first retail production of the vehicle will be priced from $54,995, including a $900 delivery fee. Standard features include a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system, rear-park assist with a rear-view camera display, Bluetooth and USB connectivity and black leather interior.
Among the optional features are the suede microfiber accents on the steering wheel, the power sunroof, shift knob and shift boot, 20-inch, bright aluminum wheels and exposed carbon fiber weave hood insert.
For an additional cost of $1,185, a six-speed automatic transmission with TapShift controls will be available. In January, Chevrolet has sold 5,709 Camaros, a 20 percent gain over the same month last year, GM revealed in a press release. Last year, Camaro sales increased 9 percent to 88,294 units.
The new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was introduced at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. The best performing Camaro is also the most technologically advanced car in its segment. The 2012 Camaro ZL1 cements that reputation and gives the marque a new realm of top-notch performance technology. It will be available in the market at the start of 2012.
Fueled by a supercharged V-8 engine that gives the car around 550 hp of power, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is the fastest Camaro to be manufactured by the carmaker. On top of having the best in class power, the ZL1 also has technologically advanced suspension systems and chassis that would ensure track-ready and balanced handling as well as the braking power needed for its high engine power. Meticulous development of the new Camaro ZL1 is continuing and more details on its capabilities will be available in the latter part of 2011, when testing is nearly completed.
Chevrolet marketing vice president Rick Scheidt said that the new ZL1 is all about design and high technology that has never been seen in the segment before. Scheidt adds that this is the most advanced Camaro in the market in terms of technology. As such, they have chosen the ZL1 as its name.
The name comes from the ZL1 racing engine that was made out of pure aluminum that was developed in the 1960s and seen in the 1969 Camaro. There were only 69 of such engines built making it a sought-after item among car enthusiasts. The new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 represents a major leap for the brand, ushering in a new level of performance to the market.
The main aim for the development of the new ZL1 was to make something new: a Camaro that matches the performance of the top racing circuits as well as gives the driver excellent dynamics on the street. To meet this aim, the engineers enhanced the car’s existing systems as well as use new technologies, including Magnetic Ride Control that is the most responsive suspension system in the world and electric power steering.