2012 Camaro ZL1 As Fast As Porsche or Lamborghini? Afraid So.
All of the naysayers out there that think American cars are junk, think again. This stock Camaro ZL1 turned times at the Nordschleife last week that were right there with Porsche, Lamborghini and Ferrari, all for 60,000 USD. Even Jeremy Clarkson has a Corvette ZR1, after he laughed at...then drove it.
New 2012 Ferrari California Road Test
The new 2012 Ferrari California gets a power upgrade to 485 HP and loses weight. The Drive Cannel had the opportunity to road test it. All the detractors that coined the rear design of the California the "J Lo Butt" must be blind....what's wrong with her Derriere? We like it. This Ferrari is a wolf in sheep's clothing...if you want to cruise it will. If you want to drift like Tanner Foust, it will. The slight against women, those calling it woman's car, will just have to eat their words....plenty of women can out drive men and this car proves it's worth in power and handling. It's not an entry level Ferrari, there's no such thing.
2013 ShelbyMustang GT500 Attacks Camaro's LT1
The 2013 Shelby Mustang GT500 is a direct answer to Chevrolets Camaro LT1. It's an attack that has the horsepower wars in full swing in America. Rather than up the pony game any further, get these cars fit and finish, handling and drivability up to standards that the Europeans can't argue with.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 with 580 horsepower
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1's supercharged 6.2L engine is SAE-rated at 580 horsepower (432 kW) and 556 lb.-ft. of torque (754 Nm) -- making it the most-powerful production Camaro ever.
The ZL1's outstanding power is complemented by advanced powertrain and chassis technologies, including exclusive Performance Traction Management and third-generation Magnetic Ride Control.
"The Camaro ZL1 delivers supercar performance and technology in the sports-car segment," said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. "For sheer power, the ZL1 delivers more horsepower than a Ferrari 458, more torque than an Aston Martin DB9 V12, and a better power-to-weight ratio than a Porsche 911 Carrera GTS.
World's Greatest Drag Race 2!
It's back! The World's Greatest Drag Race returns with nine of the world's best supercars, sports cars, and muscle cars for 2012 facing off in an epic quarter-mile sprint for glory... and ultimate bragging rights! This year's field includes all nine contenders from Motor Trend's 2012 Best Driver's Car competition. We have the Lamborghini Aventador, Nissan GT-R Black Edition, Ford Shelby GT500, McLaren MP4-12C, Jaguar XKR-S, Porsche 911 Carrera S, Subaru BRZ, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 -- all gathered together on an abandoned airstrip at El Toro Marine Base to find out which car is the fastest. Obviously these nine competitors display a wide range of power and performance, not to mention price tags. So why are we lining them all up again for one gigantic, over-the-top drag race? It's simple... Because We Can!
World's Greatest Drag Race 2 concludes our special 2012 Best Driver's Car Week here on the Motor Trend youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/motortrend) and on MotorTrend.com (http://www.motortrend.com). We hope you've enjoyed all of this week's videos and we look forward to rolling out an all-new batch of amazing cars and amazing videos for you next year for Motor Trend's 2013 Best Driver's Car.
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2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Track Test Drive & Muscle Car Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/chevrolet/Camaro/2012/zl1-coupe/ Autobytel Road Test Editor T.J. Keon recently had the chance to test drive the all new 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 on the street as well as on the track at Virginia International Raceway. The Camaro ZL1 sports a supercharged V-8 engine that makes 580 horsepower. Base price for the ZL1 is $54,095.
On the road the Camaro ZL1 feels firm and planted, but the ride is not rough or harsh. In fact the 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1 could make for a great daily driver. The Alcantara lined seats and steering wheel feel great and are usually reserved for high end luxury cars. But make no mistake; the ZL1 was designed to kick-butt!
One of the things that make the ZL1 special is the optional 20-inch lightweight track wheel. These black 10-spoke rims are made from forged aluminum for strength. The rims are wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Generation 2 tires sized P285/35ZR20 up front and P305/35ZR20 out back. A huge Brembo Brake package sits behind these sinister rims. Suspension chores are handled by the Magnetic Ride Control System. The shocks are filled with a magnetorheological fluid and the dampening levels are computer controlled and adjusted up to 1000 per second. This makes for a comfortable ride on the road and a more than capable ride on the track.
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is powered by a Supercharged Corvette engine dubbed the LSA. The 6.2 liter V-8 engine packs an Eaton Supercharger on top. Power output is 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft. of torque. The Supercharger provides plenty of torque at any RPM level so that the power is there whenever you want it! You can choose between a Hydra-Matic 6-Speed Automatic Transmission w/TAPSHIFT or Tremec 6-speed manual transmission.
The Camaro ZL1 can run from 0-60 MPH in 4.0 seconds and can eclipse the ¼ mile in 12.0 seconds. Top speed for the ZL1 is 180 MPH. Fuel economy is 14 MPG in the city and 19 MPG on the highway if you are wondering. On the road the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 pulls hard from any RPM thanks to the flat torque curve provided by the Supercharger. Practically every part on the Camaro ZL1 was designed to aid this Muscle Car in going fast. At just $54,095 the ZL1 can't be beat when you are talking high performance for the money. The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 sports the amount of technology and horsepower you would expect to find on a car costing 4 times at much.
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MuscleCar Tuner Showdown: HPE650/SuperSnake/SpeedfactorySRT8
We've compared nearly every combination of modern American muscle cars on the market. Now it's time for the ultimate showdown - Hennessey's Camaro HPE650 vs Shelby's GT500 Super Snake vs Speedfactory's Challenger SRT8. We head to the Dyno, the test track and the racetrack to determine which of these tuned pony cars reigns supreme.
Read the story here: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/112_0912_hennessey_Camaro_speedfactory_challenger_shelby_gt500_comparison/index.html
The 700 HP Hennessey Camaro ZL1 -- TUNED
Tuned goes to Sealy, TX to test Hennessey's take on the already potent Camaro ZL1, one of the loudest cars we've ever had the privilege of driving. We discuss what it's like to drive a paddle-shifted muscle car and race Hennessey's daily driver CTS-V "Hammer Wagon" down their private drag strip.
2012 Boss 302 vs. 2011 Mustang GT Drag Race - AmericanMuscle.com
Check out the 1/4 mile showdown, between Brick "The Racer" from AmericanMuscle.com in our 2012 Boss 302 Mustang and Mike Wilson "The Tuner" from Bama Performance in our 2011 Mustang GT. This rivalry started a few months back and after tons of trash talking, we had to settle it the AmericanMuscle way at Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, MD!
- JLT Cold Air Intake
- Bama 93 Race Tune
- Kooks 1 3/4" Long Tube Headers
- Kooks High Flow Catted X-Pipe
- Magnaflow Cat-Back System
- Barton Short Throw Shifter
- Nitto NT05R Rear Tires
- JLT Cold Air Intake
- Bama 93 Race Tune
- Boss Intake Manifold
- Stock Auto Trans.
- Off-Road X-Pipe
- Nitto NT555R Rear Tires
Congratulations to Brick for great driving. Since filming, Mike Wilson threw down consistent 12.0-12.1 passes in the 2011 GT. He's ready for Brick, any time, any place! A Round 2 drag race could happen soon!
The reason we chose the 2012 Boss and 2011 GT were because you guys commented and wanted to see it happen! Make sure to comment and let us know any other videos you'd like to see from the Mustang Experts at AmericanMuscle.com!