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Newport Convertible Engineering rolls out it’s own version of Chevy Camaro convertible!
INTRODUCING A CONVERTIBLE WITH THE POWER AND PERFORMANCE OF CAMARO ZL1 COUPE.
“When it goes on sale in 2012, the 2013 Camaro ZL-1 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.”
The Camaro ZL1 convertible is rated at 580 horsepower. Among 2+2 convertibles, that is surpassed by only the $280,000 Bentley Continental Supersports.
Like the coupe, the ZL1 convertible features a supercharged 6.2L “LSA” V8, rated at 580 horsepower and 556 lb.-ft. of torque. This power is complemented by advanced powertrain and chassis technologies designed to deliver exceptional performance on the road or track. ZL1 Convertible will be offered with a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
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. 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.
The suspension of the ZL1 convertible uses the third generation of Magnetic Ride with damping levels that adjust up to 1,000 times per second, and a GM-exclusive Performance Traction Management system for optimum launch and cornering.
The Camaro ZL1 convertible is not only the most powerful Chevrolet convertible ever – it will be the first drop-top to earn the legendary ZL1 designation. Watch for it in late 2012.
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CAR NEWS 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible
With 580 hp, this is Chevy’s most powerful droptop ever
Just last month, Chevy released some specs for its beastly Camaro ZL1 coupe, including jaw-dropping output figures of 580 hp and 556 lb-ft of torque from its supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V-8. Now Chevy has announced that ZL1 thump will be available in ragtop form, too—and that it won’t be diluted. As such, the Camaro ZL1 will become the most powerful convertible ever to wear a bow tie. Shock? No. Awe? Yes.
Nearly all of the enhancements of the ZL1 coupe (which involved swapping or altering roughly a third of the regular Camaro’s parts)apply to the convertible as well, including the new front clip with stacked ancillary lights; the bulging, louvered hood; the beefed-up transmissions; the stronger rear-end components; and the quad exhaust pipes. (You can read about all the changes here.) However, considering the lesser rigidity and extra weight of convertibles, the ZL1 convertible probably won’t be able to turn in the claimed 7:41.27 Nürburgring lap Chevy claims for the coupe. The Camaro SS ragtop weighs nearly 270 pounds more than the SS coupe, and we expect a similar discrepancy between the ZL1 duo courtesy of this version’s additional structural bracing. Even so, we predict that the convertible to run from 0 to 60 mph in just over four seconds and turn in a quarter-mile time of less than 13. Not, uh, too shabby.
The ZL1 convertible will debut at the upcoming L.A. auto show before arriving at Chevrolet dealerships in late 2012; the coupe goes on sale early in the year. With Ford already prepping a 600-plus-horse GT500 coupe—a development we first reported last March—expect the Blue Oval to announce a similar GT500 convertible to face off with the ZL1. Hey, what ever happened to the end of the horsepower wars? View Photo Gallery