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Top Down + Supercharged Engine = Ultimate Excitement

Welcome to the 2013 Camaro ZL1 — the highest-performing production Camaro of all time. It is literally like nothing you've ever driven before.

ZL1 Coupe was tested on some of the most rigorous tracks around the world, including the Nürburgring, where it clocked in at 7:41.27. ZL1 was built to be track-capable right from the showroom. You’ll know what to expect when you hit the gas. And you won’t be disappointed. Now imagine dropping that top in less than 20 seconds with the push of a button and then feeling the thrust produced by an all-aluminum 6.2L supercharged engine that packs 580 horsepower and 556 lb.-ft. of torque. But the ZL1 Convertible doesn’t stop with pure power. The performance and precision continues with world-class braking and 4-wheel independent suspension you can’t get on a Mustang.

The 2013 Camaro has been recognized by J.D. Power as the “Highest Ranked Midsize Sporty Car in Initial Quality in a Tie.”

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Experience the Perfection of the ZL1

See Camaro in Action

Every part. Every function. Every feature. Every piece of the ZL1 Coupe has been rigorously put to the test. From the GM Proving Ground to the drag strip to the Nürburgring to the Virginia International Raceway, the ZL1 Coupe has been wired up, pounded on, checked and rechecked — the 2013 ZL1 has already paid its dues.

The ZL1 video series takes you through the process for the Coupe, including testing the Magnetic Ride Control (PTM not available on Convertible model), the 24-hour track test and the 7:41.27 lap at the ‘Ring.


The Intersection of Precision and Power

  • 2013 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible ZL1 Silver Ice Metallic
    2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible is powered by an aluminum 6.2L supercharged V8 that offers 580 horsepower.

Under the Hood Is Just the Start

Camaro ZL1 has a history to respect and build upon. That’s why the 2013 namesake is built so everything works together, to give you not just power, but precision and control.

ZL1 is designed to be driven exactly like it should be — hard. The fuel system has added fuel pickups to maximize the amount of fuel available even under high g-force cornering. The standard TREMEC 6-speed manual transmission comes with a short-throw shifter for increased precision.


The dual-mode exhaust enables peak performance at high engine speeds, and has been engineered to create an aggressive sound at idle without overwhelming when cruising at a steady speed — the drawback of some aftermarket performance exhausts.

This is the kind of fine-tuned engineering that’s been proven not just on famous tracks around the world but on the highways, streets and back roads that you drive every day.

This V8 Packs Heat

You don’t have to be a gear head to feel the rush of an engine that goes from 0 to 60 in 4.1 seconds with available Hydra-Matic® 6L90 automatic transmission. Or one that can cover a quarter mile of pavement in a mere 12.3 seconds and tops out at 155.

Once you catch your breath, direct that smile plastered on your face to the all-aluminum 6.2L supercharged engine. This 580-horsepower, 6.2-liter supercharged V8 produces 556 lb.-ft. of torque and can be mated to a TREMEC 6-speed manual (MG9) or Hydra-Matic 6L90 automatic transmission. This aluminum-block engine is based on the legendary GM small block V8 architecture and features an intercooled supercharger system and premium heat-resistant aluminum alloy cylinder heads.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 powertrain and drivetrain

Supercharge Your Ride

What is a supercharger? It’s what slams you to the back of your seat and slaps a grin on your face quicker than you can yell, “blast-off.” Well, there’s a little more to it than that.

Camaro ZL1 boasts a uniquely designed sixth-generation intercooled 1.9-liter Eaton® supercharger. It’s what gives ZL1 additional thrust, more force and is a big component of the driving exhilaration you’ll feel when you put ZL1 through its paces.

The 4-lobed supercharger enables a broad range of power through the rpm band, giving the engine great low-end torque and excellent horsepower at the upper rpm range where a supercharger generally loses its effectiveness. And while we can’t guarantee it will slap a grin on your face the first time you feel it in action, we’d be surprised if it doesn’t.

Stays Cool When Things Get Hot

Unlike many of its competitors, ZL1 comes fully equipped with factory-integrated auxiliary fluid coolers that would otherwise cost thousands of dollars to install, including a liquid-to-liquid engine cooler typically found on high-end sports cars. Both the manual and automatic transmissions are equipped with high-capacity oil coolers, consisting of a liquid-to-liquid and air-to-oil heat exchanger plumbed in series.

The differential cooler is a truly unique design. This innovative system pumps overcooled transmission fluid to a heat exchanger inside the housing, removing excess heat from the differential fluid.

Manual Transmission

A true harmony of smooth and raw feel, ZL1 features the latest TREMEC 6-speed manual transmission with a short-throw shifter. The shifter has a short-throw ratio and incorporates a driver-orientated shift knob, designed to be performance oriented in the driver’s hand. The system provides smooth transfer of the engine’s exceptional power and torque, and the dual mass flywheel design ensures quiet, smooth operation. The small diameter and low inertia of the twin disc clutch ramp up the 0 — 60 performance.

New for 2013 for those who choose manual transmission is Hill Start Assist, which can help keep your Camaro from rolling backwards when you’re taking off from an inclined position.

Automatic Transmission

The optional automatic transmission is no afterthought — it’s a fully integrated powertrain offering that is completely unique to the segment. The Hydra-Matic 6L90 is built to handle the massive torque and power while steering wheel paddle shifting helps make shifts quick and convenient. The upshift algorithm in TAPshift® mode reduces delay time, allowing for aggressive tap downshifts and upshifts. The algorithm has been designed to recognize aggressive throttle movement to hold lower gears for aggressive driving.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro Transmission

More Than Just a Power Trip

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    Bright forged aluminum 20" 5-spoke wheels are available on 2013 Camaro ZL1.

Braking and Handling That Keep You in Control

You can have the most powerful, supercharged engine in the world, but if you don’t have the technology to support it, what do you get? A whole lot of power you can’t use.

Every piece of ZL1 is built to support and optimize every single horse in this machine’s command. Brembo® brakes help provide an exceptional stopping distance. The weight distribution is an exceptional 51% to 49% front to back.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 suspension system

ZL1-Tuned Performance Suspension System with Gen 3 Magnetic Ride

ZL1 is remarkably comfortable on the street — and capable on the track — thanks to a series of applications and refinements to the chassis system, including the latest generation of Magnetic Ride technology. The bushings, mounts, dampers and tires have all been tuned for this vehicle’s high-performance dynamics. Springs lower the vehicle to reduce its center of gravity for improved braking and handling. Both the front and rear stabilizer bars have been designed for a dramatic decrease in roll and precisely tuned for perfect handling balance.

More Control on More Surfaces

ZL1 is the first car for sale in North America featuring the latest generation of Magnetic Ride Control™, with distinct damper calibrations just for ZL1: Tour and Sport. These shocks employ magnetorheological fluid for damping levels adjusted up to 1,000 times per second, making the system exceptionally responsive and providing increased wheel control on even the roughest road or the most challenging track by dramatically reducing heave, pitch and roll. Watch our team test the magnetorheological shocks.

2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1 20-inch 10-spoke Black forged aluminum wheels

Ready for Action from the Asphalt Up

ZL1 offers two 20-inch wheel options. Both have 20”x10” front and 20”x11” rear sizes, and are forged aluminum, optimized for high strength and low mass. The standard wheel is a black 10-spoke — or opt for the polished 5-spoke.

The Goodyear® Eagle® F1 SuperCar® Gen 2 summer-only tires have been developed and optimized specifically for ZL1 to yield outstanding handling while maintaining requisite street tire performance for wet handling, tread wear, noise, mass and rolling resistance. These tires are also 11 lbs. lighter per car than the tires on a Camaro SS.

The Evolution of Active Handling

For ZL1, the goal was to create handling and control not just for street use, but to enhance acceleration performance under all conditions. The electromechanically powered steering system in ZL1 is specifically engineered for lower inertia and friction, resulting in a direct steering feel and response.

Watch our team test the Launch Control system.

World-Class Braking

ZL1 features a robust Brembo brake system composed of six-piston (front), four-piston (rear) and two-piece rotors (14.6" front and 14.4" rear) The unique, two-piece design is engineered to stand up to repeated high-speed stops and provide excellent fade resistance.

There’s No Mistaking It. It’s a Camaro.

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    2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible in Silver Ice Metallic with available Exposed-Weave carbon fiber hood insert.
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    2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible in Silver Ice Metallic with available Exposed-Weave carbon fiber hood insert.
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    2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible exterior features prominent badging on the trunk lid.
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    2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible in Silver Ice Metallic with available Bright forged aluminum 20" 5-spoke wheels.
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All That ZL1 History. In One High-Tech Package.

Looking to blend into the crowd? Want to just get by? You might want to keep walking. The exterior of Camaro ZL1 is as aggressive looking as anything on the street. But it’s more than just a mean-looking face: the exterior was designed to function as a package to enhance the overall dynamics of the car, from maximizing downforce and harnessing air pressure to pressing the tires against the track for optimal grip and control. The hood air extractor, large lower grille openings and lower splitter combine for improved cooling and aerodynamic efficiency. Unique ZL1 badging is located on the front grille, the rear, sill plates and under the hood.

Make a distinct statement at night with the standard full lighting package, combining foglamps, separate daytime running lamps and high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps with LED halo rings.

Now imagine all that and dropping the top and you start to get the idea that blending in just isn’t going to happen.

You’ll Get Noticed. Even Standing Still.

The ZL1 engineers thought of everything, including drivers who want to feel the power of 580 horses as they blow through the air. So, from day one, the architecture of Camaro ZL1 was designed to accommodate a convertible model. Meaning you get the chance to take the roof off while preserving nearly all of the acceleration, road-hugging, high-performance capabilities of the ZL1 Coupe.

That’s especially true for the design. The unmistakable air extractor is engineered from carbon-fiber composites to achieve the highest stiffness and strength possible with lowest mass. The air extractor pulls air through the lower grille and out through the hood, cooling the engine, increasing efficiency and reducing lift in the process.

The significant feature of the front fascia is the large lower splitter, reducing front lift significantly and forcing air through the lower grille, which is larger than the opening on the SS model. Single-piece rockers with extensions are aero-designed and help keep the vehicle down to balance power. The rear diffuser extends to the rear wheel openings and incorporates metal heat shields to insulate the fascia from the hot exhaust tips.

Welcome to Your Cockpit

Seats Back and Tray Tables in Their Upright and Locked Positions

The interior of the ZL1 is designed exactly like the rest of the ZL1 — to outperform every other sports car in its class. That said, with its finely tuned suspension, sueded microfiber-accented instrument panel, 7-inch diagonal touch-screen and available sueded microfiber wrap on the steering wheel and shifter, you’ll feel like you’re in a touring car.

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    2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible with available sueded microfiber wrap for the steering wheel, shift knob and boot.
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    2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible features sueded microfiber seat inserts and red stitching.
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    2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible features steering wheel controls to put you in command of your compatible devices.
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For ZL1, revised pedals allow for optimized foot placement for track use. The front seats incorporate sueded microfiber inserts with red accent stitching and ZL1 logos embroidered on the front head restraints. The microfiber inserts help add friction to the seat.


Head-Up Display

The Head-Up Display in ZL1 is specially designed for high-performance driving situations. The HUD is a transparent display that presents data on the windshield without requiring the driver to look away from the usual viewpoint. “Shift lights” are staged with increasing engine speed so the driver can execute perfectly timed upshifts, even under the most demanding conditions, without taking an eye off the road. Whether you’re checking your miles per hour on the straightaway or your lateral g data while cornering, the information is right in sight.

High-Performance Steering Wheel

The flat-bottom steering wheel, designed for use in open race cars, gives your legs room for heel/toe operation and makes getting in and out of the car easy. The wheel has a smaller diameter than the standard Camaro wheel, and the rim section has been thickened and tuned to give the driver a more connected feel, which can be improved even further with the available sueded microfiber wrap.


Chevrolet MyLink

Stay Connected, Informed and Entertained

With Chevrolet MyLink, every trip in your Camaro can feel like a getaway. Easily connect your smartphone with standard Bluetooth®† and take control of a wide range of top-notch technology right at your fingertips. Through voice commands or touch controls, tune into Pandora®† or Stitcher SmartRadio™† or listen to commercial-free programs through SiriusXM Satellite Radio, standard for 12 months.


2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 MyLink touch screen

So High-Tech It's Almost Sci-Fi

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    2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible interior features convenient technology such as Chevrolet MyLink Radio.
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    Standard Head-Up Display on 2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible projects key stats on the vehicle's windshield.
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    2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible features the Chevrolet MyLink radio, shown with available Navigation.
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    2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible interior with Chevrolet MyLink.
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    The flat-bottom steering wheel, Chevrolet MyLink radio and 4-pack of gauges finish the ZL1 cockpit.
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ZL1 comes with all the technology you expect from a top-of-the-line Camaro. Amenities like the standard rear camera displayed on the 7-inch diagonal touch-screen. Choose OnStar® Directions & Connections® with Turn-by-Turn Navigation, standard for the first six months or the available navigation radio for maps and directions. Sound good? Wait until you hear the premium Boston Acoustics® sound system and a one-year trial subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

Mobile Apps

Stay connected to your Camaro with myChevrolet6 or OnStar® RemoteLink™ mobile apps. Start your vehicle, check diagnostics, contact roadside assistance, get routine maintenance and more. Available from the iTunes Store and Android Marketplace.

Wireless Technology

Stepping into your car no longer means stepping away from your day. Take calls and connect to your music with the touch of a button, available on select phones.

OnStar® Turn-by-Turn Navigation

Have upcoming turns and street names displayed on the Driver Information Center or hear directions from the automated voice through OnStar®†, standard for the first six months. Or choose the available Navigation radio for maps and directions downloaded onto the new 7-inch diagonal touch-screen.

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Enjoy 12 standard trial months of SiriusXM Satellite Radio from coast to coast. See channel listings and more info.

Boston Acoustics

Enjoy premium performance sound with Boston Acoustics® premium nine-speaker sound system.

Remote Start

Press the button on your key fob and start your vehicle remotely. Requires available automatic transmission.

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

First with Five in Every Category

Advanced electronic systems in the ZL1, coupled with engineering characteristics like a rigid body structure, high-performance Brembo® brakes and electrically assisted steering work in harmony to help prevent collisions — and help protect you if you’re in one.

The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe has received the highest possible five-star score in every individual safety rating segment of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program. Learn more about the safety rating.


2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 safety with OnStar


Standard on every Camaro, antilock brakes and the StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control help keep you in control during emergency maneuvers. The control module compares your steering input with the vehicle’s actual response and, if necessary, makes the corrections to help keep you on track.


In the event of a collision, six standard air bags13 help protect heads, chests and knees. And the ultra-strength steel safety cage helps keep everyone in the vehicle protected.


OnStar® Automatic Crash Response, standard for the first six months on all Camaro models, means you can be automatically connected to emergency assistance if a crash occurs — whether or not the air bags deploy.

How Sustainable is the Camaro?

Check out its “Ecologic” Features. Here at Chevrolet, we believe in being a responsible steward of our environment. Recently, we’ve developed a new way to communicate some of the environmentally significant features of each vehicle we make. We call it “Ecologic.”

Every aspect of Ecologic is audited by Two Tomorrows, an independent third party sustainability auditor. To learn more about Ecologic and the Two Tomorrows’ process, click here.

Fuel-Saving Technologies

On models with the 3.6L V6 engine, Continuously Variable Valve Timing (VVT) adjusts airflow in and out of the combustion chamber under all engine speeds, which makes for better fuel economy and lower emissions. With Direct Injection, fuel is injected directly into the combustion chamber in one of two ways; either before air flows into the cylinder or at the same time, resulting in efficient power generation and fuel consumption.

On models with the 6.2L V8 engine, electric power steering uses an electric motor instead of an engine-driven belt, which results in a lighter overall workload and increased efficiency. Active Fuel Management™ deactivates fuel delivery to 4 cylinders in lighter-load conditions, such as highway cruising, which improves fuel economy (V8 SS, automatic transmission only).

Responsible Manufacturing

The engine facilities are landfill-free. These facilities use a process to reuse, recycle or convert to energy all waste created in their daily operations, which conserves resources. Some water and engine-air deflectors are manufactured with more than 99% recycled content, which includes used tires. Recycled material conserves resources and reduces landfill deposits.

Landfill gas supplies 16% of the energy to heat and cool the Toledo, OH, transmission facility (automatic transmission only), which makes the facility less reliant on fossil fuels. The facility also features a designated habitat area certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council, which provides ecological benefits.

End-of-Life Recyclability

After the vehicle’s useful life, 85% of it is recyclable. The majority of its components can be broken down and recycled, which conserves resources and reduces landfill deposits.


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  • 1 10 Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model and conditions. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers.
  • 2 8 Requires a subscription sold separately by SiriusXM after trial period. Available only in the 48 contiguous United States and Washington, D.C. Visit siriusxm.com for details.
  • 3 5 Go to gm.com/bluetooth to find out which phones are compatible with the vehicle.
  • 4 4 MyLink functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.
  • 5 3 Do not use summer-only tires in winter conditions, as it would adversely affect vehicle safety, performance and durability. Use only GM-approved tire and wheel combinations. Unapproved combinations may change the vehicle's performance characteristics. For important tire and wheel information, go to gmaccessorieszone.com or see your dealer.
  • 6 11 Requires iPhone or Android and active OnStar subscription, which is standard for six months.
  • 7 12 Requires available remote starter system and automatic transmission.
  • 9 16 Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.SaferCar.gov).
  • 10 17 The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles among midsize sporty cars in a tie in the proprietary J.D. Power 2013 Initial Quality StudySM. Study based on responses from 83,442 new-vehicle owners, measuring 230 models and measures opinions after 90 days of ownership. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of owners surveyed in February-May 2013. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.
  • 12 15 Data rate plans apply.