First 2012 Chevy ZL1 Camaro Brings $250 K in Charity Auction

The Camaro will be the only 2012 Chevy ZL1 coupe produced with a Carbon Flash Metallic exterior.

The first 2012 Camaro ZL1 offered to the public sold for $250,000 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas last Saturday evening. The car was offered by Fairway Chevrolet-Buick-GMC in Las Vegas, with 100% of the auction proceeds benefitting the YMCA of Southern Nevada.

Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group, placed the winning bid and is expected to take delivery of his new Camaro in the first quarter of 2012. Hendricks’s son, Greg, is the president of Fairway Chevrolet.

The Camaro will be the only 2012 Chevy ZL1 coupe produced with a Carbon Flash Metallic exterior. It will be the 69th ZL1 produced at the Oshawa Assembly Plant, in tribute of the 1969 Camaro ZL1, of which only 69 were produced.

The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1’s supercharged 6.2-liter engine is SAE-rated at 580 horsepower (432 kW) and 556 lb.-ft. of torque (754 Nm) – making it the most-powerful production Camaro in history.

This means that ZL1’s horsepower is more than 150 horsepower higher than the advertised power of the limited production 1969 Camaro ZL1’s 427 cubic-inch big block V8 engine. The ZL1 is aimed squarely at the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 (540 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque), and will likely be priced in the $50-$60,000 range when it finally goes on sale in early 2012.

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