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2012 Camaro ZL1: More muscle

With its ultraretro style, the Camaro became an instant hit. Now, the Camaro ZL1 marks a new level of performance for the sport coupe, making it a true muscle car.

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One of the greatest automotive rivalries exists between the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang. Although it lay dormant when the Camaro ceased production, the 2010 model reignited the rivalry. However, when it comes to discussions of horsepower, Ford could hold the Mustang-based Shelby up as having no competition among Camaros. Until now.

The 2012 Camaro ZL1 adds a supercharger to a big V-8, the same strategy as the Shelby, to produce massive horsepower. And while the Shelby is still the power king, Chevy can boast other tech tricks that help give the Camaro ZL1 the edge at the track.

Foremost among these is the Magnetic Ride Control suspension, also used in the Corvette and Cadillac CTS-V. This technology uses electromagnets to stiffen the dampers, reacting to driving style and road conditions. The result is very flat handling in the corners.

This generation of Camaro lacks some of the cabin electronics that come in handy during everyday driving, but it does have a performance computer accessible on the instrument cluster. And OnStar provides excellent telematics services.

Check out CNET's review of the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.