2013 Camaro ZL1: Most Powerful Chevy Convertible Ever

2011 Los Angeles Auto Show


  • 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible at 2011 LA Auto Show Video

    Inside Line’s James Riswick attends a special Chevy event in advance of the 2011 LA Auto Show to check out the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1Convertible slated to go on sale in late 2012. | November 16, 2011

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Just the Facts:
  • The new supercharged Camaro ZL1 convertible debuts next month at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.
  • The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 convertible is slated to go on sale in late 2012.
  • The ZL1 convertible is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 making 580 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque.

DETROIT — When the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 convertible reaches U.S. dealers in late 2012, it will be the most powerful Chevy soft top ever, with a supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V8 delivering 580 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque. The new Camaro ZL convertible makes its public debut next month at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Chevy was quick to note that the ZL1's LSA engine will easily trump those that power such exotic and muscle cars as the 2012 Aston Martin DB9 Volante, 2012 Mercedes SL63 AMG, 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S and 2011 Ford Shelby GT500.

Engineers have built in additional structural reinforcements to reduce noise and vibration in the drop top ZL1. The car is also fitted with GM's magnetic ride suspension, with adjustable dampers all around, plus performance traction management adapted from the Corvette ZR1.

Edmunds.com says: This one is likely to be nearly as popular as the upcoming ZL1 coupe, which goes on sale in early 2012.

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