HOT ROD Pits the 1969 Camaro Red Devil Against the 2012 Camaro ZL1

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A 756hp ’69 Camaro takes on the modern-day ZL1 on Hot Rod.

Hot Rod Unlimited host David Freiburger recently met up with GM suspension engineer Mike Stielow for a day comparing his custom-built '69 Chevy Camaro with 756 horsepower against the modern-day Camaro ZL1. Stielow's '69 Camaro 'Red Devil' features a 7.0-liter Corvette Z06 engine hooked up with the Corvette ZR1's valvetrain, supercharger and heads along with a daunting Eaton TVS turbocharger. Mated to a Tremec six-speed transmission, the Red Devil shoots 756hp to the rear wheels.

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe boasts a 6.2-liter V8 rated at 580 horsepower. Freiburger notes that the new 2012 ZL1 is a bit disadvantaged due to its heavier weight and less power. It does benefit from being wider - a bonus in the handling department, along with independent rear suspension, which the '69 does not.

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The ZL1 also has Chevy's impressive magnetic ride setup. The two were pitted against each other at GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan. They ran close times, however Stielow's incredible classic performed admirably against a model built 40 years later.

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