2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 production kicks off in Canada

Today is a very special day for all American muscle car fans – production of the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has kicked off in Canada (ironic huh?) at GM’s Oshawa Assembly Plant.

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“This is an exciting new chapter in the ongoing revival of the tremendously popular Chevrolet Camaro,” said Kevin Williams, president and managing director of GM of Canada. “The new 2012 Camaro ZL1 is the most-powerful Camaro ever produced by Chevrolet and further demonstrates the flexible capabilities of the award-winning Oshawa Assembly Plant.”

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On hand for the launch of production was R ick Hendrick, owner of NASCAR’s Hendrick Motorsports, to celebrate the start of regular production. Hendrick, a Camaro purchased the first 2010 Camaro Coupe, the first 2011 Camaro Convertible, has now also purchased the first 2012 Camaro ZL1 available for public sale. Lucky guy.

Prices for the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 start at $54,995.

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Refresher: Power for the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 comes from a LSA 6.2L supercharged V8 making 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. 0 to 60 mph comes in just 4 seconds when mated to the manual transmission and 3.9 when mated to the automatic. Top speed comes in at 180 mph for the manual and 184 for the automatic.

– By: Omar Rana