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Video: Motor Trend Drives Camaro ZL1 Prototype

The upcoming Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is almost ready to hit the production line.

Just days ago the upcoming 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 set a Nurburgring record time of 7:41.27. And just a few days ago, Motor Trend was given a chance to ride in the actual prototype test mule that did the lap. Riding shotgun with GM vice president Mark Reuss, we get to hear that the test car actually had an additional 30 pounds of weight due to the extra testing equipment. And remember, it also beat the time of the Porsche 911 Turbo S.

More importantly, Reuss discusses how the ZL1 is an easier, more neutral car to drive when compared to the Corvette. The latter is more of a race car whereas the ZL1 is something more for the average driver.

Powered by a 6.2-liter V8 with 580hp and 556lb-ft of torque, the ultimate Camaro will reportedly begin production around Christmas time. Pricing will start at around $47,000 - a fantastic bargain by any standards considering its incredible performance capabilities.

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