Chevrolet has released final specifications for the 2012 Camaro ZL1.
The company originally estimated the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine would produce 550 hp (410 kW / 557 PS), but it actually develops 580 hp (432 kW / 588 PS) and 556 lb-ft (754 Nm) of torque.
To get these impressive figures, the engine has a unique induction system, an improved air intake and a higher-efficiency intercooler. Additionally, the car is equipped with an electric power steering system which consumes less engine power than a conventional hydraulic setup.
The standard transmission is a high-strength, Tremec TR-6060 MG9 manual which boasts a "dual-mass flywheel, twin-disc clutch, and triple synchros for smooth, precise shifts." If you prefer not to exert yourself, there's an optional six-speed automatic with three distinct modes: Drive (daily commuting), Sport (aggressing driving) and Manual (no automatic up shifts).
Other highlights include a high-performance fuel system, a rear-differential cooler, Magnetic Ride Control 3.0 (dual-coil magnetorheological dampers) and Performance Traction Management. The latter system offers five modes and adjusts the magnetic ride control, launch control, traction control and electronic stability control for optimum performance.
According to chief engineer Al Oppenheiser, "For sheer power, the ZL1 delivers more horsepower than a Ferrari 458, more torque than an Aston Martin DB9, and a better power-to-weight ratio than a Porsche 911 Carrera GTS."
Check out the press release for additional information