Posted on February 26, 2013

Jaidah Automotive – a subsidiary of the long-established and influential conglomerate Jaidah Group, and the exclusive importer and distributor of Chevrolet in Qatar, has announced the arrival in Doha of Chevrolet’s all-new 2013 Camaro ZL1.

The Camaro – popularly known as a ‘muscle car’ – debuted back in 1966 and is now in its fifth generation, which was launched in 2009 with a striking new look. The new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – the most technically advanced car ever developed in its class – has arrived in Jaidah Automotive’s Doha showroom.

Powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine producing a mammoth 580 horsepower, the Camaro ZL1 is the fastest Camaro ever offered by Chevrolet, with a top speed of 296 km/h, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds (delivered through newly-design, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels). It is also packed with performance technologies, highlighted by Magnetic Ride Control, and advanced materials such as a vented carbon fiber hood insert.

There is a lot more to the car than just power, though. The ZL1 features technologically-advanced and highly developed chassis and suspension systems that help it deliver balanced, track-ready handling and braking power to complement its high engine output. Power is delivered to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. With either transmission, the Camaro ZL1 delivers supercar performance.

The manual transmission has been tuned for improved shift feel, with a dual-mass flywheel, twin-disc clutch, and triple synchros for smooth, precise shifts. Similarly, the ‘6L90’ automatic transmission has been strengthened to handle the torque and horsepower produced by the supercharged engine. To make the ZL1 perform equally well on street and track, the 6L90 features three distinct drive modes: Drive, where the shift pattern is calibrated for optimal fuel economy; Sport, where the shift pattern is calibrated for more aggressing driving, and Manual, where the 6L90 offers the driver true manual control and maximum performance.

The Camaro ZL1 is the first sports car to feature the third-generation of Magnetic Ride. This advanced suspension system employs valveless damping and Magneto-Rheological (MR) fluid technology to match the suspension firmness to match the road and driving conditions. With Magnetic Ride Control, customers enjoy the best of both worlds: a comfortable ride that makes the ZL1 appropriate as a daily driver and the incredibly precise body control that makes the ZL1 so enjoyable on the track.

Also standard on the Camaro ZL1 is Performance Traction Management, which integrates magnetic ride control, launch control, traction control, electronic stability control and electric power steering response to enhance all aspects of performance. 

Everything about the ZL1’s visual design is directly related to its technology and performance, especially aerodynamics. Chevrolet’s designers’ goal was to execute function-oriented design with beautifully sculpted forms, creating an imposing, powerful persona. ZL1’s signature from the front is the redesigned fascia and aluminum hood with a raised, carbon fiber insert. The fascia includes a front splitter and new vertical fog lamps, this area includes air intakes designed for brake cooling.

High-intensity discharge headlamps and fog lamps are standard and the rear of the car includes a diffuser and spoiler – functional elements that enhance the car’s aerodynamics.

The interior of the Camaro ZL1 features standard leather seating surfaces with suede microfiber inserts and heated, powered-adjustable front seats. Microfiber suede is repeated as an accent on the instrument panel. Standard technologies include a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics® audio system; USB and Bluetooth connectivity; and rear-park assist with a rear-view camera display in the 7 inch color  touch screen, which is located on the dashboard. Other enhancements include a redesigned steering wheel, alloy pedals and a ‘Head-Up Display with unique performance readouts.

Mr Mark Jenkins, General Manager of Jaidah Automotive, commented: “Jaidah Automotive is delighted to bring the new Camaro ZL1 to Qatar. The Camaro ZL1 is an exceptional automobile which is about high-tech performance and design, and is a type of car no one has ever brought to this segment previously. It’s a car, in fact, which has never been seen in Qatar before."

“It’s the most technically-advanced Camaro ever created and can only be seen in Qatar at Jaidah Automotive showrooms. It’s simply stunning to look at – a real head-turner – and the stunning looks are matched by the outrageous performance coming from the 6.2-liter engine, not to mention the raft of technological improvements that have been made to the car."

“Since the Camaro was reborn in 2009 with its incredible new look, the marque has gone from strength to strength, and the ZL represents the pinnacle of this particular model. When I say that the Camaro ZL1 can only be seen at the Jaidah Automotive showrooms that is true – but not for long. We anticipate that a lucky few ‘owners to be’ will soon be showing off the ZL1 on Doha’s streets. Chevrolet has somehow made what was already a fantastic automobile even better and, as a result, we are certain that there is going to be a huge level of interest in the ZL1. Believe me, when you do see a Camaro ZL1 pass you in Doha, you’ll know it,” added Mr Jenkins.