The all new 2012 Camaro ZL1 runs an 11.93 in the 1/4 mile bone stock. While this is pretty impressive, I believe that with a 116mph trap, for a car with 580 hp and 556 ft lbs from a supercharged 6.2 is a bit low. This was achieved with a stock 6 speed automatic and factory Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G:2 tires. The 6 speed was pretty close, with a 11.96, but a slightly higher 117mph.
The weight of this car holds it back. Compare these numbers with the 505 horsepower Z06, and you will see the Z06 has run quicker and faster times. Check out the video here:
Don't get me wrong. I love this car, and would love to have one. But GM can produce even better numbers with a lower weight chassis. Then again, this car isn't designed for just drag racing. The suspension and chassis on this car is very capable and supports the power nicely. In fact, the chassis is so good, it resists twist from the incredible torque even when pushing power past 750whp. The car is designed to be an all around winner, with awesome brakes as well. Bone stock the car is very capable around a track and would do even better with a good set of race tires.
It's hard to think of a Camaro and not think of a straight line Mustang killer, but now the Camaro is more. Forget the Mustang Boss... is the Camaro ZL1 now America's M3?