For $54,995 you can drive off in a Chevy Camaro ZL1 that will get to 60 mph in 3.9 sec (automatic) or 4.0 sec (manual). It will tear through the quarter-mile in as little as 12.0 to 12.1 sec at 119 mph. That would be on the way to a 180 to 184 mph top speed.
This year the Road & Track Trophy at the Celebration of Automobiles was awarded to a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28. The 1969s were the best Z28s and arguably the best of the pony cars.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 vs. 2013 Nissan GT-R Premium: Team America takes on Godzilla.
“The Mustang is far more mainstream, a car that appeals to somebody who just wants to buy a convertible, but the Camaro somehow suggests the owner is committed to high-performance driving.”
45th Anniversary Special Edition 2012 Chevrolet Camaro
…to be unveiled at the Camaro5 Fest II at the Firebird International raceway in Arizona. The 45th Anniversary package will be offered on Camaro’s top two trim levels (2LT and 2SS) for both coupe and convertible body styles.
“The ZL1 takes the SS to a new level. Roughly 30 percent of the car has been engineered to go out and dominate…our new leadership has told us we don’t just compete anymore, we win.” - Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser
Back in the 1960s, muscle cars knocked us out with their straight-line performance, but little else. The SLP ZL575 Camaro handles and brakes as well as it accelerates.
Power has been bumped up 149 bhp more than the stock SS, and it’s emissions-legal in all 50 states.
Video of the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, which will go on sale about a year from now.
The 2012 Camaro ZL1 is powered by the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 LSA engine used in the Cadillac CTS-V. Chevy is promising 550 plus horsepower from the engine, which is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
For the money, the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible offers greater performance than the Ford Mustang Convertible, which isn’t nearly as rigid.