2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Tech Details Revealed

Yesterday we got acquainted with what Chevrolet says it will be its highest-performing Camaro ever, the ZL1, a model which is projected to hit the roads sometime in 2012. As we have already offered an overview of the vehicle, as well as the full set of official images released by the automaker, we are now going to take a bit out of your time to present the technical side of the car.

Powering the ZL1 is the LSA 6.2L V-8 supercharged engine, which will produce an estimated 550 horsepower (410kW) and 550 lb.-ft. of torque (677 Nm). The unit features an intercooled supercharger system and premium heat-resistant aluminum-alloy cylinder heads.

The LSA engine is coupled with a high-performance Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual "MG9" transmission, which comes with a dual-mass flywheel, twin-disc clutch, and a new, shorter-throw shifter. The car also comes fitted with a dual-mode exhaust system, which was first used on the Corvette and has now been specifically tuned for Camaro ZL1.

The drivetrain, a patent-pending system, is revised with a stronger driveshaft and rear axle system, featuring a larger and stronger cast iron differential housing, stronger axles and heavy-duty limited-slip differential.

The suspension includes Magnetic Ride Control with two driver selectable modes (Tour and Sport). As for the stopping power, the vehicle comes with an advanced track-capable braking system, developed in conjunction with experts from Brembo. The ZL1 also marks the entry of a new electric power steering system to Camaro.

Connection to the road is made via new 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, which are lighter than the 20-inch wheels used on the Camaro SS, used with new Goodyear Supercar F2 ties developed specifically for the ZL1.
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