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Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 gets $54,995 base price

Tue, 15 Nov 2011

The high-performance Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will carry a base sticker price of $54,995 including shipping charges when it goes on sale next spring as a 2012 model.

That's more than double the sticker price of a base 2012 Camaro coupe, which starts at $24,100 including shipping charges, and more than a base 2012 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, which starts at $50,500.

The 2012 Camaro ZL1 packs a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 rated at 580 hp and 556 lb-ft of torque. Chevrolet says the car has a top speed of 184 mph and makes the run from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. The Camaro ZL1 is set up for track use and includes coolers for the engine, transmission and differential fluids and cooling ducts for the brakes. Also standard is a suspension that uses electrically charged fluid to rapidly change damper stiffness.

Chevrolet said pricing for the Camaro ZL1 convertible will be released later.

Earlier on Tuesday, Ford said the 2013 Mustang Shelby GT500 will get 650 hp from its supercharged 5.8-liter V8--another salvo in the muscle-car wars.

By Dale Jewett