9. 2012 Camaro ZL1
Chevy knew that the Camaro platform could handle much more than 426 HP. It was already capable of delivering fantastic cornering speeds and world-class handling. So it was only natural that as soon as the new generation hit the streets in 2010, engineers started developing performance versions. The first of those was the great Camaro ZL-1 introduced in 2012 and sold throughout 2015 (via Evo).
The ZL-1, as you know, was a special 427 V8 powered drag beast from 1969 and its 2012 counterpart followed the same formula. Chevrolet took the biggest and most powerful engine G.M. had – a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 and stuffed it into the Camaro. The result was a 580 HP street terror. It boasted a highly advanced Magnetic Ride suspension, performance Goodyear tires, Brembo brakes, and more. The 2012 Camaro ZL-1 wasn’t the one-trick pony like its 1969 predecessor was. It was rather a pure sports car that could put Porsche 911 to shame and outrun much more expensive and exotic cars. It was not cheap at $57,000 MSRP, but it was well worth it.