When it goes on sale in 2012, the 2013 Camaro ZL-1 convertible will be one of the most powerful, and most capable, convertibles available at any price” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “This is a car that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face every time you drop the top – or hit the gas.”
The Camaro ZL1 convertible is rated at 580 horsepower. Among 2+2 convertibles, that is surpassed by only the $280,000 Bentley Continental Supersports.
Like the coupe, the ZL1 convertible features a supercharged 6.2L “LSA” V8, rated at 580 horsepower and 556 lb.-ft. of torque. This power is complemented by advanced powertrain and chassis technologies designed to deliver exceptional performance on the road or track. ZL1 Convertible will be offered with a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
From Day One, the architecture for the fifth-generation Camaro was designed to accommodate a convertible model, which gives the ZL1 convertible coupe-like driving dynamics. Four strategic reinforcements enhance the already-stiff body structure. They include:
• A tower-to-tower brace under the hood
• A transmission support reinforcement brace
• Underbody tunnel brace
• Front “X” brace and stiffer cradle as well as rear underbody “V” braces.
The suspension of the ZL1 convertible uses the third generation of Magnetic Ride with damping levels that adjust up to 1,000 times per second, and a GM-exclusive Performance Traction Management system for optimum launch and cornering.
The Camaro ZL1 convertible is not only the most powerful Chevrolet convertible ever – it will be the first drop-top to earn the legendary ZL1 designation. Watch for it in late 2012.