Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Production Resumes After Three-Week Delay

Chevrolet has resumed production of the 2012 Camaro ZL1 after a delay of about three weeks. During a quality control inspection at the Oshawa, Ontario, plant earlier this month, Chevrolet found a potential problem with the supercharged Camaro ZL1 and halted production to fix the issue. With the problem solved, the first batches of the Camaro ZL1 are on their way to dealers and customers.

Chevrolet spokesman Monte Doran declined to specify what problem caused the production delay, but said that it has been rectified and won’t ever be a problem for Camaro customers. He said that halting assembly was a good way to prevent delivering vehicles with a problem to buyers who have been “dreaming about this car for months.”

“We want the [Camaro ZL1] to be as perfect as we can get it,” Doran said.

Doran also said that Chevrolet doesn’t have an exact list of how many customers have been waiting for delivery of their Camaro ZL1 during the production hold. However, Chevrolet has warned its dealer network that not every showroom will receive an allocation for a ZL1 this year — the company plans to build fewer than 3000 examples of the 580-hp Camaro in 2012.

In case you’ve forgotten about Chevrolet’s hottest Camaro, allow us to refresh your memory. The Camaro ZL1 uses a supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V-8 engine good for 580 hp and 556 lb-ft of torque. Chevrolet says the car will reach 60 mph in 4.0 seconds when equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, and can perform the same feat in 3.9 seconds with the optional six-speed automatic. Top speed is 180 mph with the manual and 184 mph with the automatic.

Sources: Chevrolet, Motor Authority

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