2011 SEMA Show: Camaro ZL1 Carbon Concept shows the dark side of a muscle car

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 1, 2011

One of the vehicles that Chevrolet unveiled at the 2011 SEMA Show is the Camaro ZL1 Carbon Concept, which is also known as the dark side of the 2012 Camaro ZL1. The car has an extra layer of carbon fiber to give it a sinister appearance. It has received a new Ashen Gray exterior paint, which is offered in all 2012 Camaro models.

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Carbon Concept features 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 as well as on the interior door.

It is equipped with lightweight 20-inch wheels in satin black with machined faces. At the back of these wheels, there are Brembo six-piston front calipers that have two-piece front rotors, and four-piston rear calipers. In addition, the Camaro ZL1 Carbon Concept has Magnetic Ride Control and dual exhaust outlets with active exhaust and diffuser.

The inside of the Camaro ZL1 Carbon Concept has Jet Black leather with suede 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.

2011 Chicago Auto Show was where the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was introduced. As the most performance-oriented Camaro of all time, the new ZL1 also leads its class in terms of technological innovation, thus guaranteeing its propagation of the line’s evolution into new levels of cutting-edge performance technology. It is expected to enter the market by the start of 2012.

ZL1 is powered by a supercharged V-8 engine which outputs up to 550 horsepower (410 kW), making it expectedly the fastest Camaro yet. Aside from pure power, the ZL1 also features the latest technological developments incorporated in its chassis and suspension systems, ensuring track-worthy balanced handling and appropriate braking power for its high output power plant. The ZL1’s actual performance capabilities will be published later in 2011 towards the end of its stringent testing period.

Chevrolet marketing vice president Rick Scheidt talked about the Camaro ZL1 being “about high-tech performance and design,” and something previously unseen in its segment. He also explained the name it was given: since it was the most high-tech Camaro, it deserved “a name from the most elite and exclusive Camaro in history."

To explain further, the ZL1 name was taken from that of a late ‘60s all-aluminium racing engine which was used on 69 production Camaros in 1969. These cars then gained a mythical following among aficionados for being the most performance-oriented Camaros. Only now has it been surpassed by the 2012 Camaro ZL1, a model that signifies a technological quantum leap for the line, as it would now set the standard for performance in its segment.

The main developmental objective for the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was the unprecedented creation of a new car: a Camaro that could post impressive road-racing lap times on top circuits and supreme street driving dynamics. To attain these, the engineers vastly upgraded the Camaro’s systems and implemented innovative technologies, including the fastest-responding suspension system ever called Magnetic Ride Control, and electric power steering.

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