Chevrolet Unveils 2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible
By Carl Malek
In an announcement released yesterday, Chevrolet has revealed that the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will make its official world debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show this November.
Following in the footsteps of its coupe sibling, the new droptop will feature the familiar 6.2 liter LSA V8 which is good for 580 horsepower and 556 lb ft of torque. These numbers surpass both the Shelby GT-500 Convertible’s figures of 550 horsepower and 510 lb ft of torque respectively and those of many high priced sports-cars including the Aston Martin DB9 Volante, the Mercedes SLS AMG, and the Porsche 911 Turbo S.
General Motors also claims to have added several new support and reinforcement pieces to the ZL1 convertible’s body structure in a major effort to quell common convertible quirks such as cowl shake and body flex. Some of these improvements include the use of a tower to tower brace under the hood, a specially designed front X brace and rear V brace, and an under-body tunnel brace which all work together with other support pieces to help the ZL1 convertible stay composed and precise when pushed to its limits.
According to Al Oppenheiser, Chief Engineer for the Camaro program, “The Camaro ZL1 will be one of the most powerful and most capable convertibles available at any price.” Oppenheiser was also quick to point out, “This is a car that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face every time you drop the top or hit the gas.”
General Motors has not yet released the official performance numbers of the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 convertible, but with the ZL1 coupe recently lapping the Nurburgring in 7:41.27. The upcoming droptop should be very close to the coupe variant’s raw numbers and uphold up GM’s promise that the ZL1 convertible will offer virtually the same performance and road holding characteristics as the ZL1 coupe when it lands on dealer lots early next year. With Ford preparing a brand new 5.8 liter liter V8 for the next iteration of the GT500, expect the horsepower war between the two companies to continue with renewed vigor both on the streets and on the race track.