2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
- 6.2L Supercharged V8
- 580 Horsepower and 556 Lb Ft of Torque
- Automatic Transmission
- Black Over Black Interior
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“Chevy's most powerful Camaro ever brandishes more than just a big engine.” –Car and Driver, January 2012
Definitely not the product of simply tossing a big engine under the hood, the 2012 Camaro ZL1 was widely hailed for its combination (and integration) of power and handling. As Car and Driver noted:
Power: “Top speed is a claimed 180 mph..... With 580 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque from the supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V-8, eye-popping acceleration is also a given despite the ZL1's hefty 4120-pound curb weight.”
Handling: “The ZL1 does exactly what you want all the time, with no surprises. Front grip is tenacious enough that you actually get a sense of the tires biting in as you turn the wheel. Power comes in so creamily and with such linearity that it's easy to forget you're driving a 580-hp car. The brake pedal feels solid but still offers enough travel for smooth application, and it shows no fade. The ZL1 goes around the track with a composure that would shock many BMW M3 fans.”
This is the meanest, most capable Camaro Chevrolet ever manufactured.
The ZL1 offered here is effectively a brand-new automobile. Driven just 1,533 miles over nine years—fewer than 175 miles per-year on average—it's no surprise that virtually every surface and component on the car is in factory-fresh condition. The exterior high-gloss black paint with lower flat-black trim, front “splitter type” spoiler, 20-inch black split-spoke wheels (wearing Goodyear F1 performance tires), carbon-fiber hood insert, and “angel eyes” headlights combine to give off an unmistakable, mildly sinister “don't mess with me” vibe. Devoid of striping or other graphic tricks, discreet “ZL1” badging cues the onlooker that this is no ordinary Camaro. Out back, the quad trumpet exhaust pipes make their own unmistakable statement. (Be sure to watch the short startup and walk-around video at the GarageKeptMotors site for a tasty sample of the sound 580 horses make.)
Inside, the ZL1 treatments are similarly subtle, but well integrated and effective. Embroidered ZL1 logos on the headrests, ZL1 badging on the entry step-over areas, alcantara inserts and deviated red stitching on the front sport bucket seats (and the rear seats as well), and the console-mounted automatic shifter with its red deviated stitching on the boot combine for a visual performance statement. The driver-focused dash and console instrument cluster feature a classic design that harkens back to the early Camaros; the alcantara trim and ZL1 dashboard emblem communicate “state of the art.” Every feature in the car functions as it should, and every control surface is free of wear or damage.
Open the hood, and the 6.2-liter, supercharged V8 with its bright red top cover amid all the black components draws the eye. There is no mistaking its amazing power potential. Underneath the car, the factory-installed engine and transmission covers are in place and undamaged. Every other surface is showroom fresh.
The practically new condition of this Camaro ZL1 is faithfully presented from every angle (including from below) in the more than 145 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available at the GarageKeptMotors site. That said, we always encourage in-person, up-close inspections by interested parties at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. We ask only that advance appointments be made by phone or email so that we can devote our full attention to our visitors. Our showroom is not open to the public.
Like Car and Driver, none other than the New York Times “Behind the Wheel” column eloquently praised the ZL1's combination of power and superb handling: “Muscles on Its Muscles, but Nuance in Its Soul.” This Camaro is a true driver's car needing only one thing... its next driver. Who will, for all intents and purposes, be its first driver.