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Chevy Scrambles to Release 2012 ZL1 Numbers After Ford Announces Shelby GT500

By Matthew Askari | November 15, 2011
Even if you're not familiar with the Gap Band, a southern funk band from the 1970s and 80s, you've probably heard "You Dropped a Bomb on Me," one of their greatest hits. It must reflect how Chevy executives must have felt recently. As if the Mustang-Camaro rivalry needed any more fuel to stoke its ageless fire, Ford just released specs of its 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500—perhaps the most celebrated of the family— ahead of Chevy, effectively stealing its thunder. But that's not all, Ford's Mustang has 650 horsepower (repeat: six-five-oh), and its 5.8-liter supercharged V-8 is being billed as the most powerful production V-8 ever built. The Mustang even tops 200 mph, and, it's street legal. But why should all of this matter to the Chevy folks who've been parading the ZL1 and its Nurburgring times around? Isn't the ZL1 the fastest, strongest Camaro every built? It is, but its otherworldly specs still fall short of Ford's brawny GT 500. The 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1 has a top speed of 184 mph to the GT 500's 200-plus mph. The Camaro's absurd 580 hp gets trumped by the mind-bending 650 hp of Ford's beast. All of this may seem excessive, most people will never need that many horses or won't ever come close to seeing that speedometer needle top out, but practical use and these cars are not synonymous. This is about bragging rights, about one-upping, about saying you've got the most American muscle. So you can understand the dismay of Chevy higher-ups who've been keeping their figures for the new ZL1 under wraps. Still, both cars are brutes that can keep up with supercars, and what they lack in refinement, they make up for in price. You could get yourself three 2012 GT 500s or Camaro ZL1s before you would be handed the keys to an Audi R8 GT. A Maserati Gran Turismo is double the price and only delivers 405 horsepower. Ford may top Chevy in brawn, but both are exemplary muscle cars. Source: Ford, Chevrolet
  • 2012 Chevy Camaro Zl1 Front Three Quarters View
  • 2012 Chevy Camaro Zl1 Front Three Quarter View
  • 2012 Chevy Camaro Zl1 Rear Three Quarters View
 
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Capital JunkaCar
Capital JunkaCar

Hahahaha, the new GT500 is probably the latest thing to go viral. I have seen this car talked about on numerous blogs. "car" and "practical use" not synonyms, I think this is by far the best post I have read. I am a Chevy Man but I think the new GT500 might be hard to beat. Can't wait for these two to get together and rip apart some asphalt.

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