The official word released today by Chevrolet is that the 2012 Camaro ZL1 will command a base price of $54,995 plus a $900 destination charge. This number exceeds early speculation of $47,000 just slightly, but the range-topping Camaro brings more to the table than even some supercars priced well over $100,000.
In the press release below, Chevy would like to remind everyone that the 2012 ZL1 has more horsepower than cars such as the $196,000 Audi R8 GT, but that’s just a distraction from the fact that its cross-town rival, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 just rained on the Camaro’s parade with its 650 horsepower rating planned for the 2013 model year.
Even though it’s not exactly going to be king of the ponycar horsepower hill, the ZL1 still boasts a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds, with a quarter-mile time rated at exactly 12 seconds flat at 119 mph. Give the ZL1 enough room, and it will achieve a top speed of 184 mph. Unfortunately all of those ratings are possibly only with a confounded automatic transmission, which will be a $1,185 option. For the manual, add .1 seconds (like it really matters) to the 0-60 and quarter-mile figures.
Other options consist of a $470 20-inch, bright aluminum wheel package, a $600 exposed carbon fiber hood insert, a $500 suede steering package with coats the shift knob, shift boot and steering wheel in lovely suede microfiber, a $470 stripe package and finally, a $900 sunroof.
Expect the ZL1 to enter the market in the spring of 2012, as a 2012 model, with the convertible variant launching in the summer of 2012, as a 2013 model. Pricing for the ZL1 ‘vert has yet to be announced.