Texas Driver Crashes $60K Camaro ZL1 Into Pool [w/video]
Modern sports cars are pretty advanced machines. Magnetic ride control, carbon ceramic brakes, electronic limited-slip differentials — all are there to help the driver when he has reached the limits of his skills. But nothing could keep one young driver from ditching a brand-new Camaro ZL1 in a swimming pool. In Northwest Harris County, Texas, someone that is being described as a “younger driver” lost control of his $60,000 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, which spun out, skipped the curb and went flying into the pool. The driver was not hurt, save for his pride, and emergency crews needed a large crane to lift the Chevy coupe out of the pool. PHOTOS: See More of the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
As a refresher, the Camaro ZL1 features a de-tuned version of the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 from the ZR1 Corvette. In the ZL1 it makes 580 horsepower, sent to the rear wheels through either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. It will get from zero to sixty in just 3.9 seconds on the way to a top speed of 184 mph.
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It also features a traction control deactivation button, which, according to a Jalopnik post, was deactivated right before this muscle car went for a bath. Let this be a lesson to young drivers out there– those systems are in place for a reason, and even seasoned performance drivers are reluctant to deactivate traction control on a car that has 580 horsepower.
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