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Old 09-09-2011, 12:40 PM   #1
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Default Official ZL1 Power Figure and Other Details Released

Numerous media outlets were given this info in advance and released it last night.


  • SAE certified power at 580hp @ 6,000 RPM and torque is 556ft-lbs @ 4,200 RPM
  • Power to weight is 7.24 pounds per horsepower
  • It will run the next-generation magnetic suspension that GM has been using for years, a generation ahead of the CTS-V and ZR1
  • The car will be track-ready right from the dealership, with all necessary transmission, diff and brake-cooling systems installed at the plant
  • The Camaro ZL1 will be fitted with huge Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires, P285/35ZR20 front, P305/35ZR20
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580?!
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Sounds about right... A bit more than nearly any other GM offering, but still less than the outstanding ZR1. The remainging questions are still too numerous to list, including many about what "brand X" will do in response. It hardly matters yet, what those answers are. This ZL1 will be a BRUTE! People will have to take a race car driving course to learn how to properly handle that monster.
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Thats some serious heat under that hood, want one.
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GM had two at the Dream Cruise last month, the subtle changes help the car make quite an impression in person.
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Drool.... Pulley change away from over 600 hp
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:08 PM   #7
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4200lbs FTL!!!!!
WHere are all of the "much lighter than the CTS-V once it is De-Cadillaced" people lol
A whopping 30lbs lighter!!!!!
I will be nice running a 5th gen that stands a chance for a change...
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Even just 556hp would've been good...but 580hp is much better.
That's a high 11 second/over 120+mph car bone stock in decent air at a prepped track.
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Even just 556hp would've been good...but 580hp is much better.
That's a high 11 second/over 120+mph car bone stock in decent air at a prepped track.
Considering where we're seeing the CTS-V, that may be doable... It really will come down to traction and the ability for whatever driver to launch the car. "Enough power?" really won't be a question. It certainly will be enough.
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Default 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1 to Come Packing 580 HP

"Chevrolet has announced that its upcoming 2012 Camaro ZL1 will come packing 580 hp under the hood when it goes on sale early next year, which would make it the most powerful muscle car in America and a good deal more potent than the current top of the line Camaro SS with its 426 hp V8."

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2011/...#ixzz1XUUIOHXR
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Let's see how long it takes for all the gt500 guys to come in and start the bashing lol
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I'm interested in how much weight was saved with "light weight" components on the ZL1 that are not offered on the SS. Were the wheels and hood the only pieces where weight was shaved? It would be interesting to transfer these parts to an SS and see how much weight comes off it. Throw the magnetic ride suspension at it with the Recaro seat option and maybe that's the Z/28 we've all be waiting for?
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Considering where we're seeing the CTS-V, that may be doable... It really will come down to traction and the ability for whatever driver to launch the car. "Enough power?" really won't be a question. It certainly will be enough.
I agree.
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I think some of you guys in this thread are forgetting these numbers are at the crank, not the tires. Still a great number but it is STILL A ******* PIG. I am not seeing 120mph+ in the 1/4 bone stock driven out of the dealership and to the track. Nevertheless still a badass car and looks wayyy better on the front end.
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It seems like a great car, and 580HP is very cool, but I'm disappointed in the weight. I was really hoping for under 4000lbs...
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I think some of you guys in this thread are forgetting these numbers are at the crank, not the tires. Still a great number but it is STILL A ******* PIG. I am not seeing 120mph+ in the 1/4 bone stock driven out of the dealership and to the track. Nevertheless still a badass car and looks wayyy better on the front end.
I believe the CTS-V coupes are trapping in the 118 range. So with and extra ~25 hp and a little lighter I would say 120 traps will be pretty common. We'll see though!
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I'm interested in how much weight was saved with "light weight" components on the ZL1 that are not offered on the SS.
A huge part of the weight in these cars is the 20" wheels/tires covering those big brakes. I believe all Camaros already have aluminum hoods and other parts to offset that somewhat.

I'm a little baffled why anyone would have expected this car to be lighter than an SS, they're adding a big blower, intercooler, plumbing and even bigger wheels/tires... none of which is light.
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Car magazines have gotten the CTS-V to trap 119.
I don't see why 120 in the barely lighter and more powerful ZL1 won't be faster.

http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/...take_road_test
12.2@ 119 with less power, an IRS, and more weight.

Even the 4400lb CTS-V wagon has trapped 119.
http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/...ad_test_update
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I think some of you guys in this thread are forgetting these numbers are at the crank, not the tires. Still a great number but it is STILL A ******* PIG. I am not seeing 120mph+ in the 1/4 bone stock driven out of the dealership and to the track. Nevertheless still a badass car and looks wayyy better on the front end.
I think we'll be seeing over 500rwhp from these cars... a tad underrated is what I expect.

Maybe 120+ won't be common, but for those who learn to launch it and have good conditions(ie weather and track prep), this ZL1 might will be tickin' 120 as a normal mph. It's certainly got enough power. I could see 122...

It's heavy and I was one of the few who said it will gain weight with the power adder... Don't care though, due to the MASSIVE increase in hp. I mean, I care, but since it was expected, I'm not so bothered. The car should be lighter in any trim level and it just isn't.
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Yeah.. time will tell I guess.. not hating on it I just hope it performs as well as the numbers they are claiming.. It's definitely a few basic bolts ons away from 550-600rwhp though which is crazy. I will be especially excited when I find one on the street and rape it
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