Making its public debut in Los Angeles, the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible puts an al fresco exclamation point on the stunning performance statement made by its ZL1 Coupe sibling. Like the hard-shell ZL1 Camaro, this high-velocity drop-top packs a 6.2-liter supercharged LSA V8 under its well-bulged hood, which develops 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft of torque. To keep that muscle hooked to the pavement, the Camaro ZL1 Convertible also comes with the Performance Traction Management package that links its Magnetic Ride Control suspension, launch control, traction control and electronic stability control systems to let this stunning soft top be as intense in the twisties as it is in a straight line.
Although the fifth-generation Camaro was engineered from day one to have both coupe and convertible body styles, the new ZL1-spec drop-top also receives supplemental structural reinforcements that go well beyond the normal A-pillar and rocker sill modifications. In this case, engineers also added a front strut tower brace, created an even stiffer engine cradle with supplemental lower "X" brace and installed underbody reinforcing in the tunnel and rear end to complements a number of lesser shake and flex-minimizing tweaks.
The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible will go on sale sometime in late 2012. While pricing has yet to be released, Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, promises: "The Camaro ZL1 convertible will be one of the most powerful and most capable, convertibles available at any price. This is a car that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face every time you drop the top - or hit the gas."