General Motors has just revealed exact power figures for its new 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and they’re suitably impressive. The new Camaro will be officially rated at 580 horsepower (432kW) and 752Nm of torque.
These staggering figures mean that the 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine is the most powerful unit ever fitted to a Camaro, beating the rated output of the 1969 Camaro ZL1′s 427-cubic-inch V8 by 150 horses. The motor can be matched up to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic fitted with Drive, Sport and Manual modes.
With all this power on tap, GM are understandably talking it up. Al Oppenheiser, chief engineer of the Camaro, said, “The Camaro ZL1 delivers supercar performance and technology in the sports-car segment. For sheer power, the ZL1 delivers more horsepower than a Ferrari 458, more torque than an Aston Martin DB9 V12, and a better power-to-weight ratio than a Porsche 911 Carrera GTS.”
How is Chevrolet going to put all the ZL1′s power to the ground? The answer is GM’s Performance Traction Management (PTM) system fitted as standard equipment. The system, which was first introduced on the Corvette ZR1, integrates magnetic ride control, launch control, traction control and electronic stability control, to improve performance on the racetrack and drag strip. The PTM offers five different driving modes.
The new Camaro ZL1 will go on sale early next year in the States.