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2012 Camaro ZL1 – Style In the Rearview Mirror

Updated July 6, 2012

To be fair, it’s really quite impressive and exciting what all of the Big Three are doing with their retro sports cars. Namely the Dodge Charger, the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro ZL1. The fact that they’ve returned to those old classic lines from the late Sixties seems to have stirred a collective sigh of relief from all classic car enthusiasts. All of us curious what took them so long to get to this point and wondering this whole time how they strayed so far away in the first place. How they lost the plot for thirty or more years.

Those classic sports cars represented everything about the era they were introduced. They were the first of their kind. They were bold and exciting with handsome angular features and a stocky muscular presence that commanded authority on the road. They were and will always remain icons. And you don’t change an icon, certainly not as dramatically as those cars were over the decades. But we will tolerate slight alterations. And now those classic icons have come full circle to be reintroduced to us. With their impressive lines preserved and even bolstered with a tasteful modernized twist.

And just like back in the day, back when the grandfather’s of these road monsters were born, everyone has their own favorite. The one car they can’t get enough of staring at. And my personal favorite, the car that gives me a sticky shifter, is the 2012 Camaro ZL1. Few could disagree, with its supercharged 6.2 liter LSA V8 that rumbles like a caged volcano under the hood. But a standard 580hp isn’t enough, not with the Mustang registering 550hp. So there are whispers floating about that there may be a possible option of the Corvette ZR1’s 638hp LS9. But so far that’s all it is. Whispers on the wind. To compliment all that raw power are all around 20 inch tires and the Brembo brake system boasting massive six piston monobloc calipers in the front and four in the rear.

A few minor adjustments had to be made to the body of the 2012 Camaro ZL1. More room in the hood had to be made for the huge engine, and the raised bulge and open vents to accommodate that only enhance the overall dominant appearance. The front end in general has a slightly more angular appearance, making the grill’s maniacal grin a little wider. The rocker panels seem to be flared out just a little, making the impression of its wide stance and stability even more aggressive than ever. Even the interior design is still as faithfully Spartan and minimalistic as the Camaro ZL1’s earliest predecessor. Clean easy lines, overall comfort is not a priority here, you want the pilot paying attention after all.

This is not an eco-friendly car. No one is trying to fool anyone here. In fact this is the anti-eco-friendly car, but not in an obnoxiously defiant kind of way. It’s like an impressive force of nature we simply acknowledge and respect. The Camaro ZL1 is a car for the person who loves to drive and doesn’t mind a little admiring attention on the road. The 2012 Camaro ZL1 is a car you create memories with and refer to in conversation because it’s not just a vehicle. The ZL1 isn’t even just a sports car. It’s your best friend. It’s part of the family.

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Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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