ZL1 Camaro for 2011

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The ZL1 Camaro made its debut in 1969 during the peak of the muscle car wars. Powered by an all aluminum version of the L88 Corvette competition engine, it was built for greatness. The ZL1 was not a regular production option, it was an special order racer designed for NHRA racing. Initially 50 were ordered by Gibb Chevrolet, eventually 19 more were ordered by other dealerships. The ZL1 Camaro made it mark at the drag strip, on the street, and in the minds of automobile enthusiasts across the country. The Legend had been created.

Today, the ZL1 has returned, and its more powerful than ever. History is repeating itself once again, as only 69 will be built for the 2011 model year. However, this ZL1 Camaro is dramatically different from its ancestor.

 


The 2011 ZL1 Camaro is custom built with several unique features and upgrades. On the exterior, the redesigned front fascia that has a direct similarity to the upcoming 2012 Z28 Camaro is probably the first thing that is noticed. From there, you can see a unique hood that happens to be made completely from carbon fiber. That carbon fiber hood contains a very functional hood scoop to feed air to the engine. The front spoiler is now called a front splitter and carries a carbon fiber finish as well. Special forged 20 inch light weight wheels only partially hide the huge 6 piston front and 4 piston rear Brembo brake calipers that place their grip on 16 in front rotors and 15 in rear rotors. The front wheels are 9 inches wide and the rear wheels are 10.5 inches wide.

 


 

 

As you work your way around to the rear of the car, you notice a rear diffuser that has a carbon fiber finish and integrated exhaust outlets with polished aluminum tips. The exhaust system is totally upgraded, except for the catalytic converters. The original exhaust manifolds and exhaust pipes are replaced with a custom Power-Flo setup with long tube headers. Special heavy duty axle half shafts replace the factory units. Riding under the ZL1 Camaro is a special adjustable coil over spring/shock system.




The Carbon Fiber trim continues down the trunk lid and over the unique SLP high lip rear spoiler to further enhance this unique Camaro.



 

 

The most unique feature is what's under the hood.
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Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. That is a 750 horsepower engine that you are looking at. This ZL1 powerplant is based on the 427 cubic inch 7 liter LS7 all aluminum engine. Those are SLP injection molded engine covers with a carbon fiber finish that covers the custom 1.85:1 roller rocker arms. The original compression ratio is dropped from 11:1 to 10.3:1 for better use with the supercharger that you see in red. That is a SLP TVS 2300 Supercharger that runs with 10 pounds of boost. I'm sure the whole engine has been re-balanced to ensure smooth performance. A custom calibrated computer module controls everything and limits the top speed to 205 MPH!

 


The ZL1 Camaro uses the GM 6 speed transmission, but incorporates the use of a special SLP flyweel and ZR1 clutch assembly. The shifter is a special short throw unit with a unique leather wrapped ZL shift knob.


The carbon fiber trim is used on the console, dash and steering wheel.

 

A very special interior trim is used on the new ZL1 Camaro. Katzkin was chosen to create a unique interior trim package with the choice of a Houndstooth insert, with special ZL1 embroidered headrests.

 

 

 

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