The tweaked LSA engine that powers the Chevy Camaro ZL1 produces five hundred and eighty horsepower, about a hundred and fifty more than the previously supreme Camaro SS and about four hundred more than any human being personally needs. But that's what it takes to make the best muscle car Chevy's ever built.
The Camaro ZL1 is built to be run hard, no doubt about it. "Track-ready" is the word of the day from the engineering team. (And we're out at Bondurant to prove it., more on that later) But it takes an extra-large bucket of stones to use a competitor's owner's manual against it.
Watch how retired F-16 pilot Tom Frolin, the lead development engineer for aerodynamics for General Motors, used computational fluid dynamics and over 100 hours in two different wind tunnels to develop the aerodynamics of the Chevy Camaro ZL1.
The boys over at Camaro5 have managed to snag a copy of the official 2012 Camaro ZL1 Dealer Reference Guide. The 18-page reference book for dealers to order the bowtie badge-bedecked brand's new insanely fast muscle car gives up all the details we haven't already liberated from the clutches of Chevrolet engineers…
At today's "Camaro Homecoming event" in Oshawa, Canada, Al Oppenheiser from the Chevy Camaro team told folks that the Chevy Camaro ZL1 will come with an automatic transmission as an option. No word yet from Chevy's communications team.