On November 15th, just before the first press day at the 2011 LA Auto Show, General Motors issued a press release in which the $54,995 580hp Camaro ZL1 is comparable to the following: the Audi
R8 GT, which costs $196,800 and has 560hp, the Maserati
Grand Turismo ($122,800, 405hp) and the Mercedes SLS AMG ($185,750, 565hp). It was bizarre timing for the publication of that press release, as none of those other models are actual competitors to Chevrolet
's pony car.