2011 SEMA Preview: Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Carbon Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 28, 2011

Chevrolet unveiled today the Camaro ZL1 Carbon Concept a.k.a. the so-called dark side of the 2012 Camaro ZL1 and announced that it will bring it next week at the 2011 SEMA Show. As expected, the car features an added layer of carbon fiber in order to receive that sinister look. Moreover, a new Ashen Gray exterior paint completes the look (this color is available on all 2012 Camaro models).

Some of the highlights of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Carbon Concept include the Chevrolet Accessories exposed-weave carbon fiber “Mohawk” hood insert, a new carbon fiber rear spoiler with stainless-steel wicker bill and carbon fiber insters on the instrument panel and on the interior door.

The design of the car is completed by the lightweight 20-inch wheels in satin black with machined faces. Behind these wheels we find the Brembo six-piston front calipers, with two-piece front rotors, and four-piston rear calipers. Furthermore, the Camaro ZL1 Carbon Concept features the Magnetic Ride Control and dual exhaust outlets with active exhaust and diffuser.

Inside, the Camaro ZL1 Carbon Concept features Jet Black leather with sueded microfiber seat inserts and Torch Red stitching, ZL1 short-throw shifter with suede and carbon fiber-trimmed shift knob, suede-trimmed flat-bottom steering wheel and ZL1 pedals.

“This concept’s dramatic appearance matches the extreme performance capabilities of the Camaro ZL1,” said Tony Roma, program engineering manager for the Camaro ZL1. “And even if its styling doesn’t intimidate you, its performance on the track will.”

2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show in 2011. So far, the Camaro ZL1 is considered to be the highest performing Camaro model in its class. Of course, Chevrolet made use of the most advanced techniques in developing the supercar. The latest ZL1 is a continuation of Camaro’s highly successful momentum in terms of state-of-the-art technology. The supercharged V8 engine can produce a powerful 410kW or 550hp. In fact, this is the fastest Camaro in all the years that Chevrolet has been manufacturing the renowned muscle car.

Aside from its pure performance, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro also comes with the newly developed chassis suspension system to complement the ZL1’s powerful engine output. This includes the Camaro’s superior braking system, better balance and improved handling. At this time, Chevrolet continues to test and develop the ZL1 and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Hopefully by then, we can already get a rough estimate of the car’s overall potentials and specs.

Rick Scheidt (Chevrolet VP for Marketing) shared his thoughts on the new ZL1 by saying that the new Camaro is something that no one has ever had. The design and performance quality are the most technologically advanced that they have ever come up with. Interestingly, the ZL1 is derived from the 1969 Camaro models for the elite. During that year, Chevrolet only produced a total of 69 units using the ZL1 engine. The rest, as they say, is history.

Today, the Camaro ZL1 comes back to bring a new standard of performance to the supercar segment. Chevrolet’s main objective is to create a new Camaro that possess extraordinary driving dynamics anywhere it goes. For this same reason, the engineers combined the existing ones with the new technologies (i.e. Magnetic Ride Control suspension system). As a result, the ZL1 is all set for an optimum performance whether on the track or out on the street. The 2012 Camaro will be out on sale early next year.

Press Release

Camaro ZL1 Carbon Concept

Welcome to the dark side of Camaro ZL1. This concept incorporates all the technology and performance of the Camaro ZL1 – which goes on sale in 2012 – but with an added layer of carbon fiber to add a decidedly sinister-looking element of form to a car that's all about function. Included on this concept is the new Ashen Gray exterior paint (available on all 2012 Camaro models).

Vehicle highlights:

  • Chevrolet Accessories exposed-weave carbon fiber "Mohawk" hood insert
  • Carbon fiber rear spoiler with stainless-steel wicker bill
  • Carbon fiber inserts on the interior door and instrument panel
  • Lightweight 20x10-inch (front) and 20x11-inch (rear) wheels in satin black with machined faces
  • Brembo six-piston front calipers, with two-piece front rotors, and four-piston rear calipers (Chevrolet Official Licensed Product)
  • Magnetic Ride Control
  • Dual exhaust outlets with active exhaust and diffuser
  • Jet Black leather interior with sueded microfiber seat inserts and Torch Red stitching
  • ZL1 short-throw shifter with suede and carbon fiber-trimmed shift knob
  • Suede-trimmed flat-bottom steering wheel
  • ZL1 pedals

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