THE 2012 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 REVIEW
Summary Review by Tess: The Ride of Your Life
The Chevrolet Camaro has been around for a long time; most of us can remember it from high school, when it was the certified hot car that everyone wanted and few could afford. Today, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 pays homage to that legacy with aggressive styling, a powerful engine, and world-class performance. The steep price tag is still there. For buyers who can afford it, however, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe is one childhood memory that has only improved with time.
Under the hood
The 6.2-liter V8 engine pumps out 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft of torque, enough power to take this four-seat coupe from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a screamingly fast 4.2 seconds. Brembo brakes are standard for added stopping power. Rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission are standard; a six-speed automatic is optional but not recommended for most drivers. Fuel economy is mediocre at 14 miles to the gallon in the city and 19 miles per gallon on the open road. It is unlikely, however, that the target audience for the Chevy Camaro ZL1 will mind a few extra trips to the gas pump. Safety features include airbags, a rearview camera, OnStar, and antilock brakes.
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Inside the cabin
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 comes fully loaded with leather seats, heated mirrors, full power accessories, a Boston Acoustics sound system with CD player, air conditioning, keyless entry, automatic headlights, and rear parking assistance. Bluetooth and iPod interfaces are standard equipment as well. Options include a sunroof and a variety of exterior paint and trim customizations. (See a full list of standard and optional features).
On the road
The Chevy Camaro ZL1 is a true performance car that lives up to every expectation drivers have at this level. Its lightning-fast responses, finely tuned suspension, and integrated stability controls ensure that drivers maintain absolute control over the exceptional acceleration and power available in this iconic sports car. For drivers looking to recapture the magic of the open road, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 offers the true pony car experience updated for the modern era.
The target audience for the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 may be limited by the high price tag attached to this particular indulgence. However, for drivers who can afford the cost of admission this pony car delivers the ride of a lifetime.
Engine: 6.2-liter OHV V8
Horsepower & Torque: 580 hp/556 lb-ft
Transmission: RWD six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
Fuel Economy: 14/19
0 to 60: 4.2 seconds
Base MSRP: $54,095
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