Although Chevrolet hasn’t announced the official price for the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, the first actually offered to the public sold for $250,000. Fans of the limited-production 580-horse Camaro needn’t worry about that price, however. The car was sold at auction with 100 percent of the proceeds going to benefit the YMCA of Southern Nevada.
This special 2012 Camaro ZL1 will be the 69th ZL1 produced, commemorating the production run of the original 1969 Camaro ZL1, of which only 69 were produced, and will be the only 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 painted in Carbon Flash Metallic.
The car was donated by Fairway Chevrolet-Buick-GMC of Las Vegas, and the winning bid was placed by Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group, at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas on Saturday night (Sept 24).
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 debuted at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this year and will go into production in the first quarter of 2012.
The original 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was intended primarily for drag racing, with “ZL1” being a code name for the all-aluminum big-block V-8 officially rated at 430 horsepower but “known to produce more than 500 horsepower.”
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will be powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8—code named LSA—rated at 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft of torque. The new ZL1 will be track-ready as the car it is named after, though with modern technology including exclusive Performance Traction Management and third-generation Magnetic Ride Control.
Mr. Hendrick, please tell us you’ll make at least a couple of passes when your new 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 arrives. We’re sure the kids at the YMCA would be disappointed if you didn’t.