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First Look: Camaro ZL1 brought to you by Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC

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This is the Camaro ZL1, a Camaro unlike any other. This is the first that we've seen this car, as its an all new trim level for this model year. The car is the highest performing Camaro of all time. That's the Camaro's storied 45 year history, there has NEVER been one like this. In 1969 Chevy produced 69 Camaros with an all aluminum ZL1 engine, giving this car its name. 

During testing the ZL1 was taken to Nürburgring, a track known as the Green hell, for its difficulty. It's said that great sports cars finish around 10 minutes on this track and that phenomenal sports cars finish in 8. The ZL1 finished in 7 minutes 48 seconds beating every other model of the Camaro. The ZL1s special magnetic suspension allowed it to take turns at close to 160MPH without requiring the driver to actually let off the throttle. It probably didn't hurt the ZL1 cause that it was supported by a 580 Horsepower, Super Charged Engine with 556 Lb-Ft of Torque.

Take a look at the ZL1 making the Green Hell look like a gently rolling hill. 


Perhaps the most awe-inspiring feature on the ZL1 is the Magnetic Suspension system. employ magnetorheological fluid for damping levels adjusted up to 1,000 times per second, making the system exceptionally responsive and providing increased wheel control on even the roughest road or the most challenging track by dramatically reducing heave, pitch and roll. What this means is that the ZL1 will literally adjust the height of each individual wheel on its own while you're driving to give you not only the most comfortable ride possible but also to give you the best performance possible. 

Now what about comfort? If you're trying to find a car with a DVD player and cup holders for little Jenny and Johnny, you're looking at the wrong Camaro. Every aspect about this car was specifically designed to outperform every other sports car in its class. The ZL1's revised pedals allow for optimized foot placement for track use. The front seats incorporate sueded microfiber suede inserts with red accent stitching and ZL1 logos embroidered on the front headrests. The sueded microfiber inserts help add friction to the seat so that you're not slipping and sliding going around turns or during acceleration and braking. The ZL1 also has a flat bottom steering wheel to allow your legs more room for heel/toe operations and to make entry and exit easier. The steering wheel is also wrapped in microfiber to ensure that you can hold on better. Just because the ZL1 is designed to outperform other cars, doesn't mean that it's lacking in the technology you've come to expect from any top of the line GM car, though. Here's what you can expect: a standard rear camera with inside rearview mirror display. OnStar® Directions and Connections® with Turn-by-Turn Navigation standard for the first six months. A premium Boston Acoustics sound system and a one-year trial subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio5 Service.

The ZL1 is also the first Chevrolet to come with the Heads Up Display, or HUD. HUD allows you to see everything you need to know about your car without having to look away from the road. The ZL1's HUD also includes shift lights so you can time your upshifts perfectly and lateral G data will come up on straightaways. 

In 2013 you can also expect the ZL1 to be available in a convertible. From the inception of the ZL1 project, the architecture was designed to allow for a convertible edition without compromising performance. The 2013 ZL1 Camaro (not being released with this year's edition) will be the second fastest convertible sports car on the market, second to the $240,000.00 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible.

The ZL1 is scheduled to begin arriving in dealerships just in time for summer, so make sure you stop in at 8010 Market Street to see for yourself what everyone is talking about. For more information call 330-SWEENEY or e-mail 

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