Official: 580hp Camaro ZL1

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  1. #1 V8stangman, Sep 9, 2011
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    The Chevy Camaro ZL1 gets 580 hp, and 9 other things you need to know.

    Chevrolet took us to GM's Milford proving grounds for a look-don't-touch session with the company's new high-horsepower track animal — the Camaro ZL1. We didn't get to drive the prototypes on hand, but we did poke them with a stick and query engineers on their beastly spawn. Here's what we found out.

    10.) POWAH! The ZL1's SAE-certified horsepower is indeed north of 570 hp. It is in fact 580 @ 6,000 rpm. It's 30 more than the 2011 Shelby GT500, and 150 more than the (conservatively published number for) the 1969 Camaro ZL1 — its spiritual antecedent. That's the special-order Camaro that's rarer than duck lips and worth more at auction than a middle-eastern sovereign wealth fund.

    9.) TORRRRQUE! The ZL1's torque figure is 556 lb-ft @4200 rpm, 47 more than the Lamborghini Aventador and only six less than a tugboat powered by Coal Chamber albums. That puts it extremely high on the torque-per-dollar ratio.

    8.) POWAH TO WEIGHT! Its got a power-to-weight of 7.24 pounds per horsepower — less than the Nissan GT-R's and Porsche 911 GTS's figures. That's a sweet number, and it only slightly obscures the fact that the Camaro ZL1 carries a George Foreman-esque mass of nearly 4,200 lbs.

    7.) NEW TECH! It's the first car to get Delphi's (now BWI's) next-generation magnetohydrodynamicalgezundheit adaptive damping system that's faster and more reactive that the current version, found on the Cadillac CTS-V and ZR1. (Oh, and also the Ferrari 458 Italia and Audi R8.) It can adjust the suspension up to 1,000 times per second.

    6.) TRACK READY FOR REAL! Unlike the Mustang GT500, the ZL1 will be track-ready right from the dealership, with all necessary transmission, diff and brake-cooling systems installed at the factory, though you'll have to supply your own helmet and feelings of self-regard.

    5.) ELECTRIC POWER STEERING, WAIT WHAT? The ZL1 will have electric power steering, which we've been assured will have sufficient feel (we'll let you know when they let us drive it). One benefit is that it's not roped to the engine, so less parasitic loss.

    4.) MANUAL DEXTERITY! The Tremec TR6060 manual transmission's been shored up to handle the extra torque, with a stronger output shaft. Yes, some things are just that simple.

    3.) AUTOTRAGICAL DEXTERITY! Engineers insist the ZL1's build of GM's standard-issue Hydramatic 6L90 automatic — after some structural adjustments (heavier-duty output shaft and gearsets) and lots of algorithmic fiddling — is just as track-worthy as the manual. No compromises, they say. We'll just see about that.

    2.) SO TIRE-SOME! Michelin devised for the ZL1 (and the Corvette line) a new, street legal, driveway-to-track tire — the Pilot Sport Cup Zero Pressure (ZP). They say it's as close to a racing compound you can get for street use, without hydroplaning over a puddle of spilled iced tea [UPDATE: the Michelins are exclusive to the Corvette Z06 and ZR1. The Camaro ZL1 will be fitted with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires (P285/35ZR20 front, P305/35ZR20)].

    1.) NACA DUCTS! It has NACA ducts in the undertray to help cool the transmission. Ok, make that 9 things you must know, and one thing you're just nerdy enough to want to know.

    More to come when we finally get behind the wheel of the Chevy Camaro ZL1 later this year.
  2. how dare they insinuate that a ferrari and the audi r8 would have parts from a corvette and camamro

    well written article though loved the caps and jokes
  3. LOL @ 4200lbs, Camaros are to fat.
  4. 4200 lbs more like Panda ZL1
  5. Chevy Montana ZR1 edition.
  6. close this thread
  7. Oh good one
  8. - You don't even need to have the steering connected to the wheels to get good feel. This should be a non-concern.
    - I really dislike manufacturers publishing the sampling rate for controllers. My $20 Arduino adjusts shit a thousand times a second. That really doesn't say anything about the quality of the control or controller.
  9. Weight should be 3200lbs, not 4200lbs.... then this would be awesome.
  10. Interesting, thanks for the updates
  11. But if you take out the back seat, the T-tops, and your homemade speaker box, would it still be a Camaro? Well?
  12. 3600 and it would still be fantastic. 4200 makes it pretty much useless.
  13. How much?
  14. Word. I got to drive the Camaro SS on some short autox track. I swear it felt like I was driving my Buick. And, for as big and heavy as it is, the interior is pretty cramped.
  15. srsly, its heavier than the malibu and pos impala
  16. This is exactly what I hate about GM. They did the same thing with the Solstice. It's another big (compared to the competition), heavy car with absolutely no usable space.
  17. I felt the same way when I test drove one.
  19. #20 GT40 2, Oct 5, 2011
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