2012 ZL1 Dynos at 580HP – SAE Certified


Not long ago we brought you a quick rumor flying around that the ZL1 would have over 570 Horsepower. Well, that rumor has come to fruition. The official word on the 2010 Camaro ZL1 is 580 horsepower , and the torque rating isn’t far behind pushing 556 lb-ft at 4200 rpm. These numbers are a bit higher than the Ford Shelby GT500 (550 horsepower & 510 ft-lb), but Camaro Chief Engineer Al Oppenheimer went one step farther and was quoted as saying:

“has more power than a Ferrari 458 Italia, more torque than an Aston Martin DB9, and a power-to-weight ratio topping Porsche’s 911 Carrera GTS,”

In Addition to the Power you’ll have when you stomp on the pedal, you’ll also get the Performance Traction Management system that was originally designed for the Corvette ZR1. Built in it has a “Launch Control”, 5 preset conditions, and magnetic dampeners which can change almost instantly.

So The 2012 ZL1 is sure to be fast, but how fast exactly? There is an large issue (no pun intended), that has plagued the 5th Generation Camaro since its inception; weight. The 2012 Camaro ZL1 has no official weight released yet, but I think it’d be safe to say it’d be somewhere between 4100 – 4200 lbs. That is quite a bit of weight to pull around, and that is where cars like the GT500, and others are catching back up to the powerful Camaro.

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