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2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Autoblog recently had the opportunity to travel to the Bondurant Road Course just south of Phoenix, Arizona to put the 2012 Camaro ZL1 through the ringer. The raw data they uncovered no doubt makes the offering from Chevy one of the baddest muscle cars on the block. The 6.2-liter supercharged V8, which shares its basic spec sheet with the Cadillac CTS-V and Chevy Corvette ZR1, puts out 580 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 556 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm. The official 0-60 time is 3.9 seconds and the quarter mile is dispatched in 12 seconds flat. Top speed is listed as 184 miles per hour, thanks in part to an aero package that includes a new front fascia, a carbon fiber hood with functional air extractor vents, and an undertray with NACA ducts for cooling. Finally, the EPA estimates you’ll get 14 miles per gallon city and 19 mpg highway driving a ZL1, which means it’s also subject to the federal government’s gas guzzler tax.

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