2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – The latest generation of one of the legends cars, Camaro. Each time the Mustang create new innovations, the Camaro also will be present with new innovations to match it. We already know that from the first, they are the two muscle car that is always flying the flag of war. Let’s look at the latest innovations for the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – Performance
We’re talking 0-60, 0-100 and the ever-important quarter-mile time and trap speed. The Camaro ZL1′s 6.2-liter supercharged V8, which shares its basic spec sheet with the Cadillac CTS-V and Chevy Corvette ZR1, puts out 580 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 556 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm. The official 0-60 time is 3.9 seconds and the quarter mile is dispatched in 12 seconds flat. Those data points still matter in a big way, and will undoubtedly be the most oft-quoted stats by Ford Fanatics and the Bowtie Brigade. Perhaps the most significant change to the ZL1 over its SS sibling, besides the supercharger, of course, are the magnetorheological dampers fitted at all four corners. Chevrolet makes full use of the MR shocks’ computer-controlled adjustability with the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and it pays big dividends on the track. A quick two-tap routine engages Performance Traction Management mode. PTM Mode Two affords moderately skilled drivers – even those unfamiliar with the car – the ability to have fun on a track with little danger of losing control. Modes Three and Four gradually allow more tire slip, stiffen up the Magnetic Ride Control and quicken the steering for drivers who have outgrown Mode Two.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – Mode on Track
And then there’s Mode Five. This is the setting Chevrolet recommends for the track, and it’s tuned to improve lap times of even the most highly skilled drivers. Countless algorithms are programmed into all facets of the car’s most technological bits and pieces, particularly the MR shocks and traction control. The suspenders get race-car stiff and the rear wheels are allowed just the right amount of slip to help a trained driver eke out the most corner exit speed possible. Thankfully, the ZL1′s brakes have also been upgraded to cope with the power of its engine. The six-pot Brembo pistons clamp down hard on two-piece ventilated rotors up front, while single-piece rotors with four-piston calipers do the deed out back.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – Overall
If there’s one place its devotees would expect the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to shine, it’s at the drag strip. Bowtie fans will not be disappointed. The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will easily eat up 1,320 feet of asphalt and spit out a time slip in the low-12-second range. Part of the ZL1?s race-car-in-drag performance can be attributed to good old-fashioned horsepower and wide, sticky tires. PTM Mode Five is optimized for drag strip launches. As Chevrolet explains it, the starting line of a quarter-mile track is normally a death sentence for traction control systems. To combat this problem, the ZL1?s PTM incorporates launch control into its bag of tricks. Here’s the step-by-step for launching the ZL1 in Mode Five: Pull up to the staging lights, mash the throttle and step off the clutch right about the time the last yellow light is lit. Opt for a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 with the six-speed automatic transmission and you’ll be rewarded with eminently repeatable time slips by following just one simple step: hit the gas. There are downsides to the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 package that apply to any Camaro model, including piss-poor visibility, overtly large exterior dimensions and an elephantine curb weight without the interior space to match. Need we also mention the Mustang’s live rear axle, as opposed to the fully independent setup affixed to the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1? While the upcoming 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 versus GT500 fight is sure to go down guns blazing, without having driven the future Shelby alongside this super Camaro, we’re not ready to concede the victory to Ford based on spec sheets alone.