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Camaro 'Zed-L1' Official Release [video]

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On: Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 2:07PM | By: Chris Salamone

Camaro 'Zed-L1' Official Release [video]

It’s a party and I’ll cry if I want to. At the Camaro Homecoming in Oshawa, Ontario, Chevrolet exposed the crowd to a physical manifestation of the company’s latest and greatest muscle machine: the ZL1. By now, the specs of the ZL1 have reached the eyes and ears of enthusiasts around the globe, but few have actually heard the vehicle’s robust dual mode exhaust note or had the opportunity to drool over the suede-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel. That’s all about to change.

The ZL1’s Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser (with a last name seemingly destined for engineering) shows us some of the best features of Chevy’s latest Mustang killer. Oppenheiser suggests that over 1/3 of the original SS model has been changed to create the ZL1—which he affectionately labels ‘Zed-L1’.

The video is thorough, and is sure to leave potential buyers anxious. This is because the ZL1 not only looks beautiful, the machine has some incredibly potent features as well. For example, the ZL1 employs a 6.2L supercharged V8 that, when allowed to roar, sounds like some kind of kraken from the depths. Oppenheiser tells us this is because of a dual mode exhaust which opens and closes some of the valves for “pure sexy sound.” And, the improvements over Chevy’s traditional SS don’t stop there. The ZL1 uses an aluminum hood with a carbon fiber air extractor, a premium audio system, and features vertical HID lamps with halo rings.

The only disappointing part of the video comes near the end, when Oppenheiser claims the ZL1 will come with a minimum of 550 hp. That’s 20 hp short of what most rumors claim. If the ZL1 comes to production with a mere 550 hp, what will that spell for Chevy relative to their competition? While that’s slightly more hp than the Ford GT500 currently receives, at a slightly lower price, Ford is planning to put 600 hp in the next generation 2013 GT500. If these cars are meant to compete with each other, then it almost looks like Chevy is trying to stay behind.

For at least one year, the ZL1 will reign supreme in the streets and on the strip. How long that will last is yet to be determined, but either way owners can be confident that they made an incredible decision each time they shred rubber shifting into sixth gear—listening to Pavarotti all the while.

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dwalter | 1:29PM (Thu, Aug 4, 2011)

kinda disappointing you only get to hear the pure sexy sound for about 3 seconds at half volume.


AutoHistory | 6:30PM (Thu, Aug 4, 2011)

One can only dream. They give you just enough to want more.


imwithcoco | 9:57AM (Mon, Aug 8, 2011)

@dwalter - They can't give you too much, it would drown out the rockin' background music.


Cuervo | 12:31PM (Wed, Aug 17, 2011)

Gotta love that Detroit Muscle!!

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