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General Motors has celebrated the next chapter in the re-introduction of the Chevrolet Camaro. Essentially the spiritual successor to the Z28, production for the high performance Camaro ZL1 has been launched at the company's assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario.

"This is an exciting new chapter in the ongoing revival of the tremendously popular Chevrolet Camaro," Kevin Williams, president and managing director of GM of Canada, commented. "The new 2012 Camaro ZL1 further demonstrates the flexible capabilities of the award-winning Oshawa Assembly Plant."

The Chevy Camaro ZL1 is powered by a supercharged 6.2 liter engine that produces 580 hp (432 kW / 588 PS) and 556 lb-ft (754 Nm) of torque, it is mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

It enables the flagship model to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.9 seconds before hitting a top speed of 184 mph (296 km/h) when equipped with the automatic transmission system. Acceleration time is 0.1 seconds slower and top speed is 180 mph (290 km/h) with the six-speed manual.

Pricing for the model starts at $54,995, including destination charges.

Gallery: 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 production launched

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