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The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was a performance monster, featuring an all-aluminum engine displacing 427 cubic inches that was originally intended for racing. Just 69 units were built, & they are highly coveted by collectors today. Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that Chevrolet chose to resurrect this classic moniker for what it is calling the fastest & most technologically advanced Camaro ever built. At this point, specifications are still preliminary, but Chevrolet is estimating that its supercharged & intercooled 6.2-liter LSA V8 engine will put out around 550 horsepower & 550 pound-feet of torque. Those ponies will be sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission using a dual-disc clutch that’s necessary to properly harness all those horses. There’s also a dual-mode exhaust system that alters the sound level & character in response to engine rpm. Chevrolet tells us that its goal was to build “a Camaro intended to reach optimal lap times on top road-racing circuits & excellent driving dynamics on the street.” To that end, the 2012 Camaro ZL1 will be fitted with a new electric power steering system & Magnetic Ride Control that will offer both Tour & Sport modes. Brembo brakes measuring 14.6-inch (370 mm) in the front (with six-piston calipers) & 14.4-inch (365 mm) at the rear (with four-piston calipers) bring it all back down from speed.