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2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1The brawniest, meanest, most gas-guzzling Camaro ever made.
It's got more horses than Indy has elapsed -- transit they stole parts office steamroller and the angriest -- -- business and got -- -- You're -- here. Next. Let's drive the 2012 Camaro ZL one and check the -- Boom. -- Then the ZL one is pretty standard Camaro stuff in the cabin if you -- the Camaro. You seen this nothing changes dramatically. You do get some mouse -- up here on the dash -- -- -- a cluster -- -- it's very complete. Oil pressure and -- volt -- and your blower pressure coming off the super -- Right in front of those tours sports. Traction control these -- the -- -- used to control the up generosity. Of the drive train. I -- notice though because we have the automatic. Grown in three to. Right. You don't have launch control only the six speed manual on this car has launch control for getting out of the hole as cleanly as possible. But it -- doesn't matter because this -- -- two tenths of a second faster with the six speed automatic. No date on it you go back to drive or you go to manual in manual your paddle impulses stick. Now this head unit is -- -- unit you cannot get an LCD traditional navigation head unit in this top end Camaro. Some will say who can't that isn't the point of a car others will say it's the top ten Camaro give me the choice. I think in that camp for the most part entertainment choices are AM FM satellite radio no HD radio in this guide. Auxiliary Jack. CD drive right here. Or you can stream your Bluetooth phone as well but you're not gonna get any meta tag information just audio playback on here it's pretty rudimentary. Now of course since you can't see a map that you're thinking what known -- all well yes you've got the OnStar directions and connections. That's a player and you subscribe to hit the button to talk to the operator which is now automated. And healthy June rudimentary directions on here and on the -- display it now I -- -- using OnStar for navigation is really cumbersome. I don't want to talk to the operator and shoot me. And if I'm totally automated system all too often the thing rings and doesn't pick up like four times today alone then you -- language issue hearing California lots -- streets have complicated Spanish -- names. Maybe -- when the parts of the country with American in -- Indian based names it doesn't get those things well so Paul Madera and is a -- -- just gotta make it. -- Adolescent who knows about this car if you haven't already is the fact that its console -- -- -- it -- High belt line low roof he got this gun -- -- looking out of AKA the windshield. And the car feels very tall and square when you're in it as well this all adds up -- kinda disconcerting to me but that's a matter of taste. Well thank you should -- for doing the speedometer right. So many cars today go to 200 miles an hour on the speed held in a tiny little arc the it means you can't tell fifty from sixty it's a couple -- wins here they spaced out. A reasonable -- see that and then took all the ones you're never going to do and compress them over on the right finally. A one more give back because we don't have a color LCD we don't have a good home for the rear view camera. As a result it lives up here on the left side of the mirror. Filled with -- -- glare didn't really work for me that way although it does have trajectory prediction which is kinda slick for a little guy like this. Aside from BMW this may be the best head up display in manufacture right now to see you any combination of speed -- force. Entertainment currently playing next navigational direction lot of good stuff in there was four different menu pages adjustable height and brightness. Now herein lies the heart of the beast this is your six point two liter supercharged. V8. You probably -- much more than that do you but I'll continue. 580 horsepower 556. Foot pounds of -- good grief. Zero to sixty is a little under four seconds though blue hair -- is -- -- 0100. Car car rocket. Now you only get 12:18. Am changing in this configuration. That's pretty poor. And you're getting -- with a gas guzzler tax as a result. Did you buy this car you don't care and rear wheel drive only of course as I mentioned choice of -- gear boxes six automatic or six manual. And you have a standard magnetic ride control that's an active adaptive suspension all ZL one. Check that out down there that is an electric power steering rack some consider that heresy in a muscle car. And by the way this is a sequential port fuel injected motor not a direct injected motors. It is relatively low tech. I was. Thing. The huge super charged six plus liter V8 one of my head and tell -- I mean it's right there. And everything else a lot of money -- 800. -- anyway I don't mean any disrespect shedding but this car feels like. I'm very nice clean -- -- engineer. It comes on hard it's neat and junky music awards and winners will not an expert and priming engine anomaly in -- -- Overall it's got a great standards -- and it's exactly what this car since it's about -- -- it's about. It's an -- red blood it's about America. -- is the god can you imagine look I'm on a tight watch over fast track I think. -- -- -- -- -- -- The nasty things about you can buy -- -- now. About 50000 dollars. That does so much more that you could possibly an exercise. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Right on this car and engine can imagine his environment is not the most jarring I've driven. It's actually fairly comfortable certainly -- -- like this. -- outlook integration sauce notes. An American driving and. -- Okay let's -- -- EL one should you be so inclined 563. -- but that also includes a thirteen hundred dollar gas guzzler tax. You're gonna pay for your fun and this guy now the options to take it further CNET style are limited as we talked about sun -- 900 bucks -- are gonna say no. Then we've got another 11100 to get the premium sound with the dual powered sub Z -- exhaust tips art music enough to your -- The only other option is around 12100 for the automatic transmission. I can be convinced -- automatics these days but not on this one. -- -- -- And -- really wanna drive the me.