Sibling Rivalry: 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Base price
$54,995
Price as tested $55,965

Powertrain
Engine: 16-valve OHV supercharged V-8
Displacement: 6.2 liters (376 cubic inches)
Power: 580 hp @ 6100 rpm
Torque: 556 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Drive: Rear-wheel

Chassis
Steering: Electrically assisted
Suspension, Front: Multilink, coil springs
Suspension, Rear: Multilink, coil springs
Brakes F/R: Vented discs, ABS
Tires: Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G:2
Tire Size F, R: 285/35YR-20, 305/35YR-20

Measurements
L x W x H: 190.4 x 75.5 x 54.2 in
Wheelbase: 112.3 in
Track F/R: 63.7/63.7 in
Weight: 4084 lb
Weight Dist. F/R: 52.5/47.5%
Fuel Mileage: 14/19 mpg (est.)

Test Results
0-60 mph: 4.3 sec n 0-100 mph: 9.5 sec n 1/4-mile: 12.6 sec @ 116 mph n 30-70 mph Passing: 5.3 sec
Peak Acceleration: 0.77 g n Cornering L/R: 1.01/0.98 g n 70-0 mph Braking: 162 ft n Peak Braking: 1.15 g


2012 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
Base price
$56,900 Price as tested $78,140

Powertrain
Engine: 16-valve OHV V-8
Displacement: 6.2 liters (376 cubic inches)
Power: 436 hp @ 5900 rpm
Torque: 428 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Drive: Rear-wheel

Chassis
Steering: Hydraulically assisted
Suspension, Front: Control arms, semielliptic spring
Suspension, Rear: Control arms, semielliptic spring
Brakes F/R: Vented discs, ABS
Tires: Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G:2
Tire Size F, R: 275/35
YR-20, 325/30YR-20

Measurements
L x W x H:
175.6 x 75.9 x 48.7 in
Wheelbase: 105.7 in
Track F/R: 63.5/62.5 in
Weight: 3393 lb
Weight Dist. F/R: 51.0/49.0%
EPA Mileage: 16/26 mpg

Test Results
0-60 mph: 4.3 sec n 0-100 mph: 9.7 sec n 1/4-mile: 12.7 sec @ 114 mph n 30-70 mph Passing: 5.9 sec
Peak Acceleration: 0.79 g n Cornering L/R: 1.03/1.00 g n 70-0 mph Braking: 156 ft n Peak Braking: 1.10 g

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M3hunter
LAP TIMES PLEASE!!!!
mini22
Yes-I agree with dollarandsense. Ford must upgrade. That appears to be happening in 2015, however. It will be interesting to see if Chevy imbues the Camaro SS with some of the suspension and steering goodies from the ZL1. Also it will be really inrteresting how the GT500 is going to get all that 650 HP to the ground and still offer a decent ride.
73geetee
I love a magazine whose writers can use the term "bandwidth" correctly. Thank you Automobile, you're the best.Todd HeimerGamma Scientific
INDY599
I love my 2011 Grand Sport, but would love to have the 580hp Camaro engine. Both are equally awesome.
dollarandsense
It is time for Ford to move into this century and upgrade at least the top mustang(GT500) to current technology. I know the old mustangers want to keep that live axel and mechanical suspension changes but it is time. I own a 2011 GT500 convertble with HP upgrades but I am serious about looking at a ZL1 convertible when available however I won't buy one on principle based on my tax $ going to GM. I am not wow'ed by the 2013 GT500 increased HP as I have that much in my 2011 and the tweek's to the rear end ratio and tranny to get higher top end and no shift nec for 0-60 and minor suspension upgrades that doesn't cut it. I want fully independant suspension and a computer savy one as well My phone has more tech than the mustang's suspension & steering. PLEASE Ford upgrade.
MaximuS197
Better enjoy these few months before the 2013 GT500 hits the streets.

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