2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 production kicks off in Ontario

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 2, 2012

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.

Press Release

Oshawa Assembly Plant Celebrates Start of Production of the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The Oshawa Assembly Plant today celebrated the start of regular production of the hotly-anticipated 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in a ceremony with employees and invited guests.

“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.”

“Through a disciplined approach and a relentless focus on execution, the Oshawa team has worked efficiently to ensure a successful, high-quality launch of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1,” stated Dan Hermer, plant manager at the Oshawa Assembly Plant.

“New product mandates like the Camaro ZL1 are testaments to the calibre of the workforce in Oshawa,” added Chris Buckley, president of the Canadian Auto Workers Local 222.

Employees were joined by Rick Hendrick, owner of NASCAR’s Hendrick Motorsports, to celebrate the start of regular production. Hendrick, a Camaro enthusiast who purchased the first 2010 Camaro Coupe and the first 2011 Camaro Convertible, has now also purchased the first Camaro ZL1 available for public sale. In all three cases, Hendrick acquired the purchase rights through the Barrett-Jackson auction, with all proceeds benefitting local charities.

“I had the opportunity to visit the plant last January when they started production of the 2011 Camaro Convertible,” said Hendrick, who has a record 10 car owner championships in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. “As a Chevy enthusiast, it’s an honor to spend time at such an impressive facility and meet the people who produce some of world’s most incredible high-performance cars. They’ve raised the bar again with the new Camaro ZL1, and I’m excited to be back in Oshawa to experience it firsthand.”

The reintroduction of the ZL1 to the Camaro lineup not only acknowledges a unique period in Camaro’s first generation, but a new high performance benchmark for the fifth generation Camaro. The heart of the Camaro ZL1 is a supercharged 6.2L engine, SAE-rated at 580 horsepower (432 kW) and 556 lb.-ft. of torque (754 Nm) – making it the most-powerful production Camaro ever. The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe accelerates from 0 to 96 km/h in 3.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 297 km/h.

The first retail production Camaro ZL1 features a black exterior with the optional Exposed Carbon Fiber Weave Hood Insert and power Sunroof. The interior is black leather with sueded microfiber inserts not only on the seat and dash, but also the steering wheel and shift knob.

Starting at $58,000, the ZL1 delivers supercar levels of performance and technology for the price of a sports car.

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