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We all know the Camaro ZL1 rather well by now. If not, crawl out from under that rock you’ve been sleeping under and we will let you know that it’s the biggest and baddest new Camaro available. It pumps out a monstrous 580 ponies at 6,000 rpm and 556 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm. This all adds up to roughly a 4.4-second sprint to 60 mph.

The car you may not have heard of is the 1969 Camaro “Red Devil.” The name “Red Devil” says it all, as this Camaro is by far one of the baddest classic Camaros out there. This `69 Camaro boats a 7.0-liter V-8 engine from a Corvette Z06 with a ZR1’s cylinder heads, valve train, and supercharger installed, which gets it to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds.

The question is, can this modernized `69 Camaro beat the technology-packed 2012 ZL1? The video above lets us know who’s boss, and you might be surprised to find out just how closely matched these two cars are, despite the 2012 ZL1 giving up 176 horsepower and the “Red Devil” coming up a little short in the technology department.

Check out the above video to see these two duke it out on the track, as Mark Stielow whips them both around GingerMan Raceway.

Well, this is pretty excessive...

Actually, "excessive" even feels like an understatement, especially when you’ve had the time to process exactly what you’re looking at.

In this case, what you’re looking at is supposed to be a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible SS . It still looks like a Camaro SS, at least for the most part, but what we can’t wrap our heads around is just how far Florida Famous Mad Marks Stereo took to giving this muscle car one of the most insane programs we’ve ever seen. For starters, the chrome wrap isn’t all that bad, as is the custom front grille, the red racing stripes, the LED strips on the hood opening, and the red headlights. We can live with those components and actually like them to a certain extent. But after that, things get a little hairy.

The standard-sized wheels have been taken off in favor of a new set of 32" versions. 32 inches, people. From there, the interior of the Camaro was dressed in a combination of red leather, red chrome, and other red what-have-yous to create a visual eyesore. Then, there are the speakers, which all look like planted mushrooms on a small field and probably have enough bass to make your ears bleed even if the volume’s at mute.

The finishing touch for this true one-of-a-kind Camaro? A double-sided LCD flat screen whose purpose in this whole cacophony of absurdity we still can’t seem to understand.

Then again, nothing about this program makes sense.

Find out how the King Camaro was born by watching the accompanying video after the jump.

Chevrolet Camaro 1LE

In recent months, we have all been exercising our salivary glands over two special edition Camaros coming for the 2013 model year. The first was the 580-horsepower, supercharged Camaro ZL1 convertible. The second of this bunch is the Camaro 1LE , which we recently pitted against the Mustang Boss 302. The ZL1 soft top, according to Camaro’s chief engineer, Al Oppenheiser, will hit showrooms at $60,445, including destination charge, and the 1LE will come in at $37,035, which also includes destination charges.

The ZL1 comes right in line with the Shelby GT500 convertible that it competes with, as it retails at $59,995 with the destination charge already included. As we all know, even though the ZL1 is considered a “competitor” for the GT500, they are completely different animals altogether. The ZL1 is a better daily driver and works better on a road course. The GT500, on the other hand, is a straight-forward sprinter with not nearly the agility of the ZL1.

The 1LE’s direct competitor is the Mustang Boss 302, which sits at $42,995, giving the 1LE a significant advantage in pricing. GM claims that the 1LE is actually tuned more to compete with the Boss 302 Laguna Seca, but with how close our comparison was between the base Boss 302 and the 1LE, we take that as a sales pitch until we get more hard facts under our belt.

We’re going to keep a really close eye on the 1LE release and keep you in tune with what exactly is going on, as some of the details are still unknown.

The latest addition to the Camaro line-up - the 1LE - has proven its superiority in front of its competitors by lapping the famous Virginia International Raceway (VIR) “Grand Course” in 2:58.34 – a time previously accomplished only by the upper echelon of performance cars.

This is a very important accomplishment for the 1LE considering that, just like the Nurburgring, the VIR track tests every aspect of a car, including power, brakes, steering, tire grip, and chassis balance.

"The Camaro 1LE combines the best elements of the SS and the ZL1 with a focus on handling," said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. "We optimized every part of the SS for improved track driving, including gear ratios, suspension tuning, and chassis mounts. The result really brings the Camaro SS alive at every turn – whether you’re carving through your favorite backroads or working on lap times on the track."

"Best of all, the Camaro 1LE is $10,000 less than its nearest competitor," Oppenheiser said. "For drivers looking for an affordable way to get on the track, what they save with the 1LE will the cover a lot of days at the track."

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In the late-1960s, the Corvette was one of the “cars to beat” in varying racing series. It was also one of the few American cars that stood a chance against the likes of Ferrari , Aston Martin , and Porsche . One car, however, has topped every other Corvette throughout its lifespan: this is the 1968 Chevrolet L-88 Corvette Owens/Corning FIA/SCCA Racing Car with the chassis No. OCF/T.P.I. 002-68.

With its numerous victories in SCCA and FIA races throughout its life, particularly in the ’60s and `70s, this L-88 Corvette is often referred to as the most victorious racing Corvette ever. Now, documentation is scarce on some other Corvettes, so that is technically an unofficial title, but regardless, it is one accomplished piece of machinery.

After its retirement, this particular model was lost in the shuffle and wasn’t found again until its previous owner decided he had to have it. After hiring Corvette specialist, David Reisner, to find this classic `Vette, he finally met the Corvette he had been searching for. It was found at Road Atlanta when a colleague of Reisner overheard a racer claiming his `Vette as being an ex-Jerry Hansen and Owens/Corning car.

After all of this time and money spent searching for this car, it is now being presented at auction by RM Auctions in August 2012.

Click past the jump to read our full review.

Source: RM Auctions

The Ford Fusion NASCAR and the Dodge Charger NASCAR have just met their competitor for the 2013 racing season: the new Chevrolet Camaro NASCAR. The top-selling sports car in America will make its series debut in February 2013 at the Daytona International Speedway.

The Camaro NASCAR is painted in a very cool blue paint finish and features a unique power-bulge hood and deep recessed grille, as well as distinctive halo light rings and dual-port grille appearances, and the gold bowtie.

"Our team of Chevrolet designers and aerodynamic engineers did a fantastic job capturing the great looks and styling cues of the production Camaro, while providing our NASCAR Nationwide teams with a highly competitive aero platform," said Pat Suhy, manager, Chevrolet Racing Oval Track Group. "For the remainder of 2012, our engineers will be busy working with our Chevy teams on wind tunnel and on-track testing to fine-tune the car in preparation for next year. It will be great to see Camaro compete on the track against its showroom competition starting with the 2013 season opener at Daytona."

Need for Speed World is putting together a big surprise for its players in celebration of the game’s second anniversary: they are offering up the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for free! Electronic Arts has also promised that a series of eight new supercars will be offered each month, but, unlike the ZL1, these upcoming rides will be purchased with SpeedBoost, the game’s digital currency. In addition to the Camaro ZL1, players will also have the chance to enjoy the Free Cam feature which will allow them to take the best pictures during the photography sessions.

As a reminder, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers an amazing 580 HP and 556 lb/ft of torque at 4,200 rpm. The muscle car can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 184 mph.

This free sports car offering is only a tidbit of exciting news for the Need for Speed franchise. Earlier this month, we received the projected date of the Need For Speed movie’s opening: February 7, 2014.

The Chevrolet Camaro Dusk Edition first made heads turn at SEMA 2009 and since then, Chevrolet has kept the car under wraps. That is, until now.

Chevrolet has officially made the Dusk Camaro available, although instead of a full-fledged special edition model, they’re doing it as a package that will be available for the 2013 Camaro coupe and convertible models, as well as the 2LT and 2SS trims.

The Dusk Edition package will carry a number of features from the concept we last saw at SEMA two-and-something years ago. The most prominent is the Blue Ray Metallic Paint, which will be a new color option that’s going to be available for 2013 Camaro models and beyond. In addition, the package also has halo HD headlights, a new set of 21" Bright Silver painted aluminum wheels, a blue cloth top for the convertible models, a new front splitter and rocker, and the RS Appearance Package.

Inside, the new features comprise of Mojave leather with matching yellow stitching on the seats, steering wheel, arm rests, and shift knob. The instrument panel will also be dressed in Mojave leather while the entire interior will receive an Ice Blue ambient lighting. Finally, the door inserts will be finished in the same Blue Ray Metallic color of the exterior body.

All told, the Camaro Dusk Edition package will cost interested buyers $5,995, a price that’s not all too steep for all the modifications the Camaro will receive.

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Before we get this article underway, let’s just clarify one thing: We, and you should too, are able to easily identify what car is depicted in this video. If you think you’ve got the right answer, be sure to leave your answer in the comments section below. Just as a quick clue, it’s Japanese.

Anyway, back to the video at hand. Reportedly filmed on the I-59 in Houston heading south, the crazy driver of this car was cruising down the freeway before an impressive Chevrolet Corvette Z06 pulled up behind said camera car and, as you’ve probably already guessed by now, a rolling drag race ensued.

Putting aside the obvious fact that the resulting race put the lives of dozens of innocent civilians at risk, and our obvious condemnation of the following actions of the drivers, the resulting video is quite enjoyable, even if the murdered Z06 does come within inches of hitting numerous cars in its pursuit to keep up with the camera car.

Before you watch the video, keep in mind that despite the fact that the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ‘only’ produces 505 horsepower and 470lb-ft of torque, it held the crown of America’s fastest supercar for some time, as it’s capable of hitting 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph.

So, what car wiped the floor with this American icon?

Experts have thoroughly exhausted the competition between the Mustang GT500 and the Camaro ZL1 . That competition is getting so old that even we are beginning to tire of it. The results are quite crystal clear in that competition; the Mustang kicks the Camaro’s ass in a straight line, but the Camaro is a better road car that takes on twisty roads with much more grace.

One competition that has yet to be put to bed in the Mustang vs. Camaro rivalry is between two fairly even-matched opponents, the Mustang Boss 302 and the fresh-off-of-the-car-show-circuit Camaro 1LE . If you are wondering what “1LE” stands for, we’ll let you know. Back in the late 1980s – in the Camaro’s dark ages – Chevy put together a 1LE option package that included a radio and A/C delete, taller gearing for better acceleration, upgraded brakes, and an upgraded suspension. It was essentially a track-ready Camaro, which is a bit of an oxymoron for that era Camaro.

This new 1LE model is pretty similar to the one of yesteryear, sans the deletion of much-needed comfort items. We’ll get into more of the specifics in a bit.

So, how well does the Camaro 1LE stack up to the mighty Mustang Boss 302? You’ll have to click past the jump to read our full comparison to find out.

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