The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was named after the original Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 of 1969; a car that was famous for having a 427-cubic-inch (7.0-litre) V8 using an aluminium engine block. The new version also features an aluminium engine, but capacities have been revised thanks to a supercharger. It now features a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine producing 410kW of power.
When the original 1969 model Camaro ZL1 was announced, it was actually the fastest car Chevrolet had ever produced, offering 328kW (although actual power figures were said to be around 375kW) from its hand-built engine. It was also a car Chevrolet designed as a drag racing special to enter into NRHA Super Stock racing. Just 69 1969 Camaro ZL1s were ever made.
Chief Camaro engineer, Al Oppenheiser, said at the Chicago unveiling,
"Our plan is to keep evolving the Camaro. That is the beauty of the Camaro. It has so much of a rich heritage that we can put together the right combination of content. We have a lot of rich names to choose from."
Reports say later special editions will include a 2012 Transformers edition as well as 500 replica editions of the 2011 Indy 500 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible pacecar.