Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible
Anxious to keep the positive public reaction to its surging muscle car going strong, Chevrolet has announced a plan to build at least one special edition of the Chevrolet Camaro and put it on sale every six months. This plan comes hot on the heels of the introduction of the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show.
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is ostensibly the first of many special edition Camaros to come and it features a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that generates 550 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque thanks to the presence of an Eaton supercharger. Other performance enhancements made to the ZL1 include an intercooler, aluminum-alloy cylinder heads, electric power steering and a dual mode exhaust system. The vehicle, which is being billed as the fastest Camaro ever built, also offers Magnetic Ride Control with two different driver-selectable modes, as well as Brembo six-piston brakes and 20-inch forged aluminum wheels. Black is the only ZL1 exterior color that will be made available.
The news that the Camaro ZL1 is intended to kick-off the special edition series of Chevrolet muscle cars comes as a relief to some fans of the automobile who had become concerned that the ZL1 was actually meant to replace the long-delayed, highly anticipated Camaro Z28 ultra-performance model. These worries were based largely on the fact that ZL1 - like Z28 - is a revived moniker from the Camaro's past, which was first used in 1969 as the descriptor for another aluminum-engine version of the car that pushed the limits of the muscle coupe platform.
According to an article published in The Automotive News, Chevrolet intends to continue using 'heritage'? names for most of its future special edition Camaro models. Not all vehicles, however, will source their uniqueness from past glory. At least one future Camaro special edition will tie-in with the convertible SS edition of the muscle car being used as the pace vehicle for the Indianapolis 500, and a Transformers-branded version of the Camaro could also be in the cards. The robot-inspired edition of the vehicle would theoretically go on sale around the time that a yellow-hued example of the coupe reprises its role as 'Bumblebee'? in the film franchise this coming summer.
It is also worth noting that not all special edition Camaros will focus on the V-8 powered SS trim. The entry-level V-6 model of the car will gain its own 'Synergy'? edition in the second quarter of 2011 that will provide an extra dose of performance equipment for the most affordable entry into the Camaro family.