The upcoming 2012 Camaro ZL-1 isn’t just the fastest Camaro ever built, it may also be the fastest car you can buy for less than $75,000. Unlike a lot of cars that are built to go fast, the ZL-1 is built to go fast on a racetrack. It’s various modes of traction and stability control cover every scenario from drag strip launches through track day fun and even commuting to work in the rain. The Camaro ZL-1 may well be the very best “Swiss Army Knife” enthusiast car ever built by a major automaker.
When you’re Jay Leno, manufacturers bring you toys to play with before they’re even fully developed. In this case, Chevy’s North American president, Mark Reuss, brought the ZL-1 used in Nürbirgring testing to Jay Leno’s Garage for a show and tell session. Unlike most corporate types, Reuss is a gear head and driver, with a significant amount of ‘Ring experience under his belt. He’s not the driver who set the 7:41 lap time, but we’re still happy to see a car guy in charge of a car company.
Enjoy Jay Leno’s tour of the ZL1 in the video below, and we promise to bring you a full report on the car as soon as we have a chance to drive it.