Well, we now have a Camaro that’s enough to make some Corvette owners jealous. It’s the all-new 2012 Camaro ZL1. Chevy introduced the Camaro at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show today, and it’s calling it the “fastest and most technologically advanced Camaro ever built.” Mighty impressive words to describe a car that’s already a classic.
While specs are still not finalized, Chevy predicts that the ZL1 will pull 550 ponies and 550 lb-ft of torque out of its all-aluminum, 6.2-liter LSA V8 engine. That output will be directed to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and will make the ZL1 the fastest Camaro ever built.
As tuning becomes more and more prevalent with the huge push towards performance and personalization, car manufacturers are starting to really take notice. Toyota has been ahead of the game from day one with their Scion division and they have an absolutely amazing inventory of aftermarket accessories available. Toyota Racing Development (TRD) has also done a teriific job of outfitting many different models with performance and aesthetic modifications. Now, that trend has finally made its way up to the Lexus brand with the new F-Sport performance accessory line.
Ford has brought back the Taurus Super High Output (SHO) in a big way at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show. The styling is rather ho-humm, a result of the “sleeper” performance car vibe Ford was shooting for, but the technological advancements are outstanding. There are several key highlights. First and foremost is the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. This new powerplant puts out 365 horsepower yet only sips, not slurps on the gas. Small twin turbochargers are engaged to provide linear power delivery. The car is now all wheel drive which should provide much better handling. The new Ford Taurus SHO features a SelectShift six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel. Automatic operation or manual shift mode is available. When using the paddle controls, “match rev” downshifts insure smooth transitions.
Four new Chevrolet-based characters are slated to appear in the upcoming Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie. They include:
Sideswipe: A Corvette derived concept carSkids & Mudflap: twin Autobots based on the Chevy BeatJolt: an Autobot based on the Chevy Volt
In addition, Bumblebee, the Autobot based on the Chevy Camaro Concept from the first movie will return for more high-octance action.