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 |  Jun 12 2011, 7:18 AM

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Six months before its scheduled to head into production, Chevy has released some exciting new details about the performance of the Camaro ZL1.

Unveiled for the first time in Canada at the Camaro Homecoming, held next to the Oshawa Assembly Plant where all Camaros are produced, chief engineer Al Oppenheiser stated that it will make more power than the previously stated 550 figure, commenting that it will also top the 556-hp of the Cadillac CTS-V.

Helping put all that power to the ground will be the use of the Corvette ZR1′s Performance Traction Management system that can maximize the grip possible to deliver the fastest, most consistent lap times.

Not interested in rowing your own gears? That’s OK; the ZL1 will be available with an optional automatic transmission confirmed Oppenheiser who was there for the car’s unveiling.

Designed as a serious track machine, should the Boss 302 be scared?

GALLERY: Camaro ZL1

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GALLERY: Camaro ZL1 Debut in Chicago

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 |  Jun 10 2011, 2:54 PM

Assembling 587 Camaros in a parking lot across the street from where the current fifth-generation model is built, General Motors Canada set a Guinness World Record for the largest car mosaic. OK, technically speaking the record has yet to be confirmed by the folks at Guinness but they’re probably just out having a pint, and when they get back from an extra-long Friday lunch the mosaic (a Chevy bowtie no less), is certain to oust Volkswagen Brazil’s 413 car mosaic, spelling out “Gol” – to celebrate the 30th anniversary of that car.

The gathering of so many Camaros is part of the Camaro Homecoming, organized by GM Canada and the Ontario Camaro Club to help celebrate the car’s 45th anniversary, as well as the 23rd annual Ontario Camaro Nationals. Drawing owners from across that country to the Oshawa, Ontario plant, owners arrived from all over the U.S as well, with plenty driving from Michigan, as well as from as far away as New Orleans and Texas.

Running all weekend, GM opened up the Camaro plant to attendees today, and estimated that they expect from 5,000 to 6,000 individuals to take part in the tour over the course of the day.

Browse through our gallery of photos from the meet today, showing many of the cars from the mosaic, as well as numerous other special edition models and concepts.

GALLERY: Ontario Camaro Nationals

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GALLERY: Camaro Plant Tour

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