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2013 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible ZL1

The highlight of the 2011 Chicago Auto Show was the beautifully seductive Camaro ZL1 Coupe, and the ZL1 Convertible is getting ready to follow in its footsteps. Chevrolet will be unveiling the brand’s most-powerful convertible ever in November at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. Sales will begin in late 2012.

"The Camaro ZL1 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."

As with the coupe model, the ZL1 Convertible is powered by a
6.2 liter "LSA" engine that delivers a total of 580 HP and 556 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine will be combined with chassis technologies designed to deliver exceptional performance on the road or track. The ZL1 Convertible will also be offered with the third-generation Magnetic Ride and Performance Traction Management.

UPDATE 01/17/12: Just like its coupe counterpart, the Camaro ZL1 Convertible has fresh new photos straight out of the Chevrolet oven. You can browse through all of them in the gallery below!

Hit the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible ZL1.

Exterior and Interior

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible ZL1

The ZL1 Convertible will feature the same design language as the coupe. It will get a raised, carbon fiber insert, a front splitter, and new vertical fog lamps with air intakes designed for brake cooling. The hood features front-mounted air extractors with the center section made in satin black carbon fiber. At the rear, there will be a larger spoiler and diffuser while the car will sit on a new set of 20-inch forged aluminum wheels.

The interior will get black leather sports seats with microfiber suede inserts, a redesigned steering wheel, alloy pedals, a Head-Up Display with unique performance readouts, and the "four-pack" auxiliary gauge system featuring a boost readout.

Engine

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible ZL1

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible will be powered by the same LSA 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine as the Coupe, rated at 580 HP and 556 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine will be combined with a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission that uses a 240-mm dual-mass flywheel matched with a 240-mm twin-disc clutch system to provide excellent shift smoothness.

Prices

The new Chevrolet Camaro Convertible ZL1 will go on sale in late 2012. Prices will be announced at a later date.

Competition

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible ZL1
Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

The Camaro’s 580 HP V8 is just enough to exceed the output of 2+2 convertibles of many performance icons. This list includes models like the Aston Martin DB9 Volante , the Porsche 911 Turbo S , and the Ford Shelby GT500 .

  •  2012 Aston Martin DB9 Volante – 470 hp / 443 lb.-ft.
  • 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S – 530 hp / 516 lb.-ft.
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 – 550 hp / 510 lb.-ft.
Chevrolet Camaro Convertible ZL1
LOVE IT
  • Impressive look
  • Powerful engine
  • Great performance numbers
LEAVE IT
  • At this point we just love the car, we’ll have to drive it to see the cons



26 comments:

Impressive look on a way it projects on the screen. I am excited to see this on the dealers around the country.

It’s truly one of the most innovative cars I’ve ever seen. Outstanding performance with attractive appearance, this car would surely be one of the best.

This convertible will be the most powerful and more capable available only at low price. It is powered by a 6.2 liter “LSA” engine, which can give a total of 580 horsepower. It comes with all new chassis designed to give an extraordinary performance.

Different models with different body paint becomes a very good-looking car. I’d like to add up some suggestion that it would be more exciting if they had some few changes on its exterior appearance.

I like the outstanding appearance with powerful engine. The interior of the vehicle is very classy covered with leather.

This is the car that the guys ever wanted. This convertible type is the most in-demand of all cars. The exterior and interior are good. I can’t wait to see it with my eyes.

My Bumblebee is now grown-up. This Camaro Convertible is the powerful of all Chevrolet’s convertible, having a V8 engine with a horse power of 580. Chev’s got my smile. smiley

Prepare for chassis destruction! This car is going to have an incredible engine and because it won’t have the strength of the coupe, it’ll be a a great drive until you start to get aggressive. Great looking car though

This Convertible is like a simple sedan when you look on its front design. Anyway, I am really impressed on its engine performance, can give enough speed on it. I think this is much better with dusk color body paint.

I noticed that the body paint of Chevrolet is very appealing and at the same time the impressive engine on this makes it very powerful. Different models with different body paint becomes a very good-looking car. I’d like to add up some suggestion that it would be more exciting if they had some few changes on its exterior appearance. Hope you’ll agree.

I love the simple yet impressive look of this Convertible on that oozing black body paint. Moreover, I also find its engine performance impressive too with that 580 HP from a V8 engine.

Looks like the design of Mercedes. It’s very appealing on a black body paint. Chevrolet is very good when it comes to engine specs.

I’m so in love with this Camaro Convertible! It looks perfect and oozing with awesomeness! It’s a good thing as well that they use an impressive engine on this, which could truly give a nice speed performance on this.

Obviously, Camaro is the most outstanding vehicle between with its competitor. Moreover, it’s a good thing that it also has an impressive and awesome engine specification.

I love this convertible! Good thing as well that it has an impressive and very efficient engine which only gives me an idea that it is so fun to drive with because on its 580 horsepower.

I would really love to try driving this Camaro! It seems so fun to drive because on its powerful engine, which is only appropriate for a muscled car like this. However, I think it looks more very appealing on a black body paint.

This will surely be stood out among the other muscled car, and I must say that it already looks great on its metallic body paint. Good thing as well that it has an impressive engine specification.

Yeah, I have to agree with that, and it is obviously why they are awarded for two consecutive years as the hottest cars in the world. smiley it is really nice as well that they were using an impressive engine on it.

Chevrolet is really notorious with a good-looking and powerful muscled vehicle and this ZL1 is only one of those cars. Anyway, I truly love the design of its wheels, looks so cool!

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