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(from GM Press
Release) Camaro ZL1: Most Powerful Chevrolet Convertible Ever
DETROIT – Chevrolet announced today the brand’s most-powerful
convertible ever – the 2013 Camaro ZL1 – will debut at the Los
Angeles Auto Show next month. When it goes on sale in late 2012, it
will deliver more performance and technology than many exotic cars
and ultra-luxury convertibles.
“The 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 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:
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 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:
brace under the hood
A transmission support reinforcement brace
Underbody tunnel brace
Front “X” brace and stiffer cradle as well as rear underbody
reinforcements in the ZL1 convertible are designed to improve noise
and vibration characteristics, while also reducing unwanted ride and
body motions. They include a hydroformed 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 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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