A new Chevrolet.
Chevrolet announced the brand's most-powerful convertible ever - the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible - will debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. When it goes on sale in late 2012, it will deliver more performance and technology than many exotic cars and ultra-luxury convertibles.
"The 2013 Chevrolet 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."
Like the coupe, the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible features a supercharged 6.2L "LSA" engine, SAE-rated at 580 horsepower (432 kW) and 556 lb.-ft. of torque (754 Nm). That's enough to exceed the output of 2+2 convertibles of many performance icons, including:
•2012 Aston Martin DB9 Volante - 470 hp / 443 lb.-ft.
•2012 Mercedes SL63 AMG - 518 hp / 465 lb.-ft.
•2011 Porsche 911 turbo S - 530 hp / 516 lb.-ft.
•2011 Ford Shelby GT500 - 550 hp / 510 lb.-ft.
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible's power is complemented by advanced powertrain and chassis technologies designed to deliver exceptional performance on the road or track. In fact, it's the same balance of acceleration, handling and ride quality that enabled a Camaro ZL1 coupe recently to lap the Nürburgring's Nordschleife course in 7:41.27 minutes.
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 to quell the cowl and steering wheel shake common in convertibles. 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.
Additional structural reinforcements in the ZL1 convertible are designed to improve noise and vibration characteristics, while also reducing unwanted ride and body motions. They include a hydrofoamed tube in the A-pillars, an inner reinforcement bracket in the windshield header, a reinforced front hinge pillar and reinforcements inside the rockers.
The suspension of the ZL1 convertible uses the third-generation of Magnetic Ride. New, twin-wire/dual-coil dampers at all four corners enable faster response, with damping levels now adjusted up to 1,000 times per second - about one adjustment per inch of vehicle travel at 60 mph - making the system exceptionally responsive to changing driving and road conditions.
The 2013 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible will also offer Performance Traction Management as standard equipment, which is exclusive to General Motors. First introduced on the Corvette ZR1, it is an advanced system that integrates magnetic ride control, launch control, traction control and electronic stability control, to enhance both launch-acceleration performance and corning.
The result is a convertible designed to preserve nearly all the acceleration, road-holding and performance capabilities of the Camaro ZL1 coupe, which goes on sale in early 2012.
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Willcox, AZ to find out which modern muscle car reigns supreme.
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Lingenfelter Camaro ZL1 Convertible (700+ HP) - WR TV POV Test Drive
This week we setting our sights on one of most potent muscle cars on sale
today, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. While it boasts
plenty of performance right off the showroom floor, once the engineers at
Lingenfelter got their hands on this blown drop-top, things get especially
Externally, aside from the windshield banner, there isn't much that hints
that this is anything more than a garden-variety Camaro ZL1. While the 6.2-liter
supercharged V8 boasts 580 horsepower in stock form -
certainly nothing to scoff at - with the aid of Lingenfelter CNC ZL1 LSA
cylinder heads, a Lingenfelter GT9 camshaft, 63 lbs/hour fuel injectors and
a few Supercharger tweaks, output now
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2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 with 580 horsepower
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1's supercharged 6.2L
engine is SAE-rated at 580 horsepower (432 kW) and 556
lb.-ft. of torque (754 Nm) -- making it the most-powerful production Camaro ever.
The ZL1's outstanding power is complemented by advanced powertrain and
chassis technologies, including exclusive Performance Traction Management
and third-generation Magnetic Ride Control.
"The Camaro ZL1
delivers supercar performance and technology in the sports-car segment,"
said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. "For sheer
power, the ZL1 delivers more horsepower than a Ferrari
458, more torque than an Aston Martin DB9 V12, and a better power-to-weight
ratio than a Porsche 911 Carrera GTS.