Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

In published reviews,
critics awarded this
vehicle an average
overall score of:

90
Priced From $54,350
MPG 16.0
Styles Reviewed
CoupeCoupe Scores for this style only
ConvertibleConvertible Scores for this style only

Road & Track

08/16/12
2012-08-16
93
100

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Tony Swan Tony Swan 7.2 out of 10 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

The ZL1 is a formidable droptop that’s Chevy’s hottest-ever. Its all-around performance is well balanced and it’s docile enough for everyday use. And let’s not forget the delicious aura of menace that distinguishes contemporary Camaro styling.

Winding Road

05/30/12
2012-05-30
92
100

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Brandon Turkus Brandon Turkus Score Pending 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

Chevrolet’s done a fine trick with the ZL1, building a vehicle that can dole out supercar-beating performance on the track while delivering a surprisingly comfortable and easy-to-drive way of getting home each night. Its bargain-basement starting price is a breath of fresh air.

Detroit Free Press

07/05/12
2012-07-05
92
100

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Mark Phelan Mark Phelan Score Pending 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1’s combination of performance-oriented technology and handling is better than most enthusiasts would have dreamed a Camaro could be, a near-supercar dressed up in the Chevy bowtie.

Rides Magazine

07/31/12
2012-07-31
92
100

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Michael Crenshaw Michael Crenshaw Score Pending 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

or 2012 Chevy is bringing back the iconic ZL1 option package, and it’s faster, wider, lower and meaner than ever. There’s a Camaro for everyone, but if you want the top dog, this is it.

Bloomberg News

08/09/12
2012-08-09
92
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

The Camaro ZL1 is good. Perhaps even too good. I’m not sure most Camaro buyers are even interested in this level of handling performance. Those few who do will find that Chevy has given us the perfect tools to tame the savage beast.

AutoGuide.com

08/09/12
2012-08-09
91
100

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Sami Haj-Assaad Sami Haj-Assaad Score Pending 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

The Camaro ZL1 Convertible is loud, gorgeous, gets the wind blowing in your face and is simply fun to drive. There’s an excessive amount of raw power and yet it’s far more comfortable on the road than you’d ever expect.

Car and Driver

08/17/12
2012-08-17
91
100

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Andrew Wendler Andrew Wendler Score Pending 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

The real story isn’t simply the ZL1 convertible’s prodigious power, how loud the exhaust barks through the two-stage exhaust (pretty darn), or how quick it can get from a standstill to extra-legal speeds; the truly remarkable bit is how composed and docile the it is when you’re not hammering it.

AutoBlog.com

08/08/12
2012-08-08
91
100

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Staff Review AutoBlog.com 5.0 out of 10 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

While most of us still struggle with the Camaro’s retro design and cabin layout, mechanically speaking, the ZL1 is one fabulous machine. There is no denying that it carries several hundred pounds too much weight, but there is also no discounting how well it can run with it.

MotorWeek

04/28/12
2012-04-28
91
100

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Staff Review MotorWeek 7.2 out of 10 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is a truly contemporary muscle car. More than just a flimsy pony car made for the drag strip, it’s a high performance missile that can streak around any corner. And, it has clearly shot the Camaro to the top of the pony car field for now.

Consumer Guide

07/17/12
2012-07-17
91
100

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Damon Bell Damon Bell Score Pending 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

The 2012 Camaro ZL1 is the fastest, most-powerful production Camaro that Chevrolet has ever built. It’s not cheap, it’s not economical, and it carries over some of the shortcomings of its parent platform, but the ZL1 is nonetheless a masterwork.

Popular Mechanics

01/20/12
2012-01-20
91
100

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Larry Webster Larry Webster 6.2 out of 10 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

While we’ve always appreciated the style and, of course, the power of previous Camaros, the ZL1 is the first one that we actually want to drive. And for all it delivers, the asking price is a bargain.

Wheels.ca

03/09/12
2012-03-09
91
100

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Jim Kenzie Jim Kenzie Score Pending 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

If there was some sort of “performance index” of lap time per dollar of purchase price, I think I have the winner: Camaro ZL1. That’s pretty impressive for a car that lists at $58,000.

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