2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

At a Glance

Pricing $23,280 - $54,095
Drive Types RWD
Engines 3.6l V6, 6.2l V8, 6.2l V8 S
Transmissions A6, M6
Fuel Economy 14-19 (city), 19-30 (highway)

Through five generations, the Chevrolet Camaro has been General Motor's answer to the successful Ford Mustang. The latest Camaro is a thoroughly modern vehicle with fresh new styling and strong performance credentials. Four trim levels are offered: LS, LT, SS and ZL1. The LS and LT models equip a powerful but fuel-efficient 323-bhp, 3.6L V6 engine, but it is the 6.2L V8-powered SS that will have people reliving the muscle car era. For ultimate bragging rights, the Camaro ZL1 equips a supercharged V8 engine producing 580-bhp which makes it the most powerful factory Camaro ever. The ZL1 is for a select few given its sticker price of $55,000 before the federal gas guzzler tax is added. With prices ranging from the mid-twenties to the high thirties, the rest of the Camaro range offers outstanding performance value.

What Changed:

The new ZL1 model becomes the top factory performance model. A supercharged 6.2l V8 lies under the hood producing an estimated 550-bhp. The ZL1 includes upgraded brakes and tires and an upgraded magnetic ride control suspension similar to that in the Corvette. The ZL1 wears a new front fascia and hood with a raised carbon fiber center section. Updates to the 3.6 V6 increase the output to 323-bhp.

Model/Trim/Package Engine Original MSRP
Camaro LS 3.6l V6 (323-bhp) M6 RWD $23,280
Camaro LS 3.6l V6 (323-bhp) A6 RWD $24,480
Camaro 1LT 3.6l V6 (323-bhp) M6 RWD $25,280
Camaro 1LT 3.6l V6 (323-bhp) A6 RWD $26,275
Camaro 2LT 3.6l V6 (323-bhp) M6 RWD $28,430
Camaro 2LT 3.6l V6 (323-bhp) A6 RWD $29,615
Camaro 1SS 6.2l V8 (426-bhp) M6 RWD $31,930
Camaro 1SS 6.2l V8 (400-bhp) A6 RWD $32,925
Camaro 2SS 6.2l V8 (426-bhp) M6 RWD $35,530
Camaro 2SS 6.2l V8 (400-bhp) A6 RWD $36,715
Camaro ZL1 6.2l V8 S (580-bhp) M6 RWD $54,095