2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Detailed Specs Revealed

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

We’ve been teased with photos of Chevrolet‘s newest and meaning Camaro yet, the ZL1, but the manufacturer has been tight lipped on its complete specs…that is, until now. It seems that dealerships now have the full specs on the ZL1, with a leak getting posted on the Camaro5 forums revealing that it’ll be packing 580-hp and 556 lb-ft of torque in a 4120-lb body. It’s also worth noting that the Camaro ZL1 has already posted an impressive Nurburgring time of 7 minutes and 41 seconds. ( See the video here).

Enthusiasts interested in the ZL1 will have a choice of nine colors (Black, Ashen Gray, Inferno Orange Metallic, Rally Yellow, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Victory Red and Crystal Red Tintcoat) to choose from, two wheel options (five-spoke and 10-spoke) in a 20-inch sizing, and the option of either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. In addition to the standard four-pack console gauges seen in the existing Camaro SS, the ZL1 will also sport a boost gauge.

GALLERY: 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

[Source: Camaro5]

See the complete details after the jump:


Wheelbase – 112.3
Length – 190.4
Height – 54.2
Front Track – 63.7
Rear Track – 63.7

Weight – 4120 pound
Weight distribution: 51/49

Compression ratio 9.1:1

HP 580 (427) @ 6000 SAE certified
Torque 556 (754) @ 4200 SAE certified

Exhaust – Cast stainless steel (exhaust manifolds), stainless steel with active valves and quad 3.5″ bright tips


Ashen Gray
Imperial Blue Metallic
Inferno Orange Metallic
Rally Yellow
Silver Ice Metallic
Summit White
Victory Red
Crystal Red Tintcoat


ZL1 offers two 20-inch wheel options, both tested and engineered to the highest standards.

The first wheel option is a 10-spoke design

  • Standard 10-spoke wheel is black with a low-gloss clear coat, forged alum and has the CAMARO logo.

The other wheel option is a 5-spoke design:

  • Forged Aluminum 5-spoke 20-inch wheels (20″ x 10″ front / 20″ x 11″ rear)
  • Polished face with a high-gloss clearcoat.
  • These wheels are 11 lbs lighter than the current 2SS model wheels.


Forged aluminum wheels (as listed above)
Exposed weave Carbon Fiber hood insert (option). ** Standard insert is painted black
Power Sunroof (option)
Stripe package (option)

Six speed manual is standard
Six-speed automatic with TAPshift steering wheel controls is optional.

Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob – standard
Sueded microfiber interior package


Four-pack auxiliary guages (with boost readout)

Also- Standard…

Alloy pedal covers
6-way power driver and passenger seats
Heated leather high-performance seats with microfiber suede inserts
ZL1 sill plates

Bluetooth for select phones
Boston Acoustics premium nine-speaker system
Rear camera display in mirror
Rear park assist
USB port
PDIM (Preferred Device Interface Module)
XM Satellite with 3 trial months

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Abdulla H A Abdulla H A on Oct 25, 2011

    0 - 60 in ???

    • Colum Wood Colum Wood on Oct 25, 2011

      I see you noticed they didn't release all the details. Chevy is likely keeping this a secret, but a good guess would be under 3.9 seconds, because that's the time given for the CTS-V.

  • Carl Carl on Oct 25, 2011

    Modern dash with Navigation and automatic climate control please! For 2012 only 3 Chevrolet car models still dont offer these features: Sonic, Impala, and Camaro, Why? European Sonic and Spark both do(automatic climate control), their your smallest cars? For around $50,000 these features should be standard! I speak for all cars!