The original ZL1 Camaro is one of the most coveted cars General
Motors ever produced. Its fire breathing 427 is truly the stuff of
hot rodding legend. When Chevrolet announced that they would build
a modernized version of that famed F-Body on their new Zeta
platform, enthusiasts across the nation immediately began spec'ing
their dream cars. By the time SEMA 2011 rolled around, it was clear
that many major North American shops had spent the year dreaming as
well, creating their own visions of what the hottest, newest Camaro
should be. And while there was no shortage of F-Bodies at SEMA,
none took performance as seriously as this 2011 Camaro SS!
Commissioned by Source Interlink Media, who you may know better as the parent company of magazines like Super Chevy, Hot Rod, Automobile and Motor Trend, this Chevy is the product of many industry titans. The list includes the GM Performance Division, Thomson Automotive and Pedders Suspension just to name a few. After its SEMA debut, the car was taken to Lingenfelter Performance Engineering for a full shake down, and the end result was a brand new Camaro that packed over 800 fully streetable horsepower. There are still few fifth-generation Camaros that can touch this car in a quarter mile, and absolutely zero with this kind of provenance. If you've been eyeing a modern Camaro as an investment, they simply don't get better than this.
Like many of our low-mileage, factory-fresh pieces, this car presents as new in every conceivable way. Glossy Summit White paint is accented by Inferno Orange racing stripes. An optional Rally Sport appearance package, denoted by red "SS" emblems, adds an attractive deck spoiler, halo HIDs and tweaked taillights. Tasteful pace car lettering, commemorating the 100th Indianapolis 500, serves as a familiar throwback to the glory days of the first-generation Camaro. And the addition of a few factory "ZL1" badges hint at the car's lofty pedigree.
It wasn't that long ago when a reliable, 500 horsepower street engine was a big deal. These days, 500 horsepower is little more than a respectable baseline. Under the hood of this Camaro lies one of GM's potent 7.0 LS7 V8s, built by Thomson Automotive and breathed on by the team at Lingenfelter. The end result is over 800 pavement thumping horsepower that's wrapped in a truly street friendly package. Despite the level of tech used in modern engine building, the essentials remain the same. An upgraded cam, forged steel crank, forged I-beam rods and coated, forged-aluminum pistons form the basis of the beast. At the sides, upgraded LS9 heads hide under GM coil packs. Up top, a LS9 TVS positive-displacement blower, complete with an integrated liquid-to-air charge cooler, sucks oxygen through a 90mm throttle body. At the front of the bay, a massive aluminum radiator, rated to 1000 horsepower, keeps the mill cool. The factory exhaust manifolds are surprisingly efficient, so they've been left in place. Aftermarket mufflers provide a rich tone without being overly loud. And a Lingenfelter shock tower brace combines a little form with a little function.
The torque-rich LS7 spins a slick-shifting Rockland Standard Gear TranZilla 6-speed that's rated for over 1,200 horsepower. From there, power is transferred through a Lingenfelter dual-friction clutch to a balanced, aircraft-grade driveshaft that's rated for 1,500 horsepower. And, from there, power flows in to a NASCAR-style limited-slip axle that's packed with 3.73 gears. That driveline rides a Nurburgring tested independent performance suspension that's upgraded with the Pedders Pace Car Package. While the F5 Camaro's stock suspension is plenty capable, it doesn't hold a candle to this GM-approved upgraded version. Variable ratio, speed-sensitive power steering and Super Sport-specific Brembo disc brakes, supplemented with ABS and electronic brake distribution, ensure this is the best handling Camaro to date. GM's Stabilitrak traction and stability control system helps a 6-speed Camaro SS-exclusive launch control system keep the power as safe and manageable as possible. And everything rolls on chromed American Racing wheels, which spin 245/40ZR20 Nitto NT555 Extreme ZRs in front of 305/35ZR20 Nitto NT555R Extreme Drags.
Inside the car everything is factory new with virtually no trace of wear. The heated and power adjustable seats wear attractive Inferno Orange leather. When combined with the cars Inferno Orange door panel coves, dash accents and stitching, they really set off an otherwise simple and dark interior. The dash is unblemished and displays traditional silver trimmed Camaro gauges that are complete with a standard Driver Information Center. To the right of the gauges, you'll find controls for a 9-speaker Boston Acoustics sound system that includes a CD player, an MP3 input jack and XM Satellite capability. Inside the console, optional 4-pack gauges front a short shifter that's finished with a leather knob and Inferno Orange stitching. In front of the driver, the tilt and telescoping steering wheel features buttons for the car's Bluetooth connectivity, Boston Acoustics audio and cruise control. The door panels house controls for heated, power-adjustable mirrors, power door locks and power windows. And safety equipment includes dual front airbags, side impact airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, a theft deterrent system and GM's award-winning OnStar.
OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION
An original Window Sticker
An original Owner's Manual
We've featured rare versions of fifth-generation Camaros before, but this is a true 1 of 1 car. With a pristine shell, a capable chassis and one asphalt destroying Lingenfelter-tuned power plant, this is the modern Camaro every collector wants. Don't miss your chance to own a piece of automotive history!
Professionally built for display at the 2011 SEMA Show
7.0 liter GM LS7 V8 that's been tuned by Lingenfelter / TVS supercharger / 800 horsepower
Rockland Standard Gear TranZilla 6-speed manual transmission
NASCAR-style rear end / Limited-slip differential / 3.73 gears
Pedders Pace Car Package suspension
Factory air conditioning
Inferno Orange leather interior / 9-speaker Boston Acoustics sound system
20-inch American Racing wheels / GM Summit White paint / GM Inferno Orange graphics
Brembo 4-wheel power disc brakes
Power rack-and-pinion steering
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