For 2011, a Chevrolet Camaro convertible joined the Camaro lineup, so it is no surprise GM would release convertible version of the Chevy Camaro ZL1, only a matter of when. Except for the drop-top, Camaro ZL1 has all the same features found in the Camaro ZL1 coupe, namely the potent 6.2 liter engine and exclusive technologies to maintain this rocket on wheel firmly planted on terra firma.
Who It’s For
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is aimed at Chevy enthusiasts who not only want the near 600 horsepower found in the “standard” ZL1 coupe, but the transformative ability to actually feel the air stirred into a near-hurricane as the Chevy Camaro ZL1 convertible goes from zero to sixty in less than five seconds. Yes, that’s slightly slower than the coupe, but will fans really argue over such times especially at this price? As Chevrolet pointed out during its press event at the show, Camaro ZL1′s competition includes the 2012 Aston Martin DB9 Volante and Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG. Heady company, indeed.
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 convertible, besides the ability to raise and lower its top in seconds, has all the attributes of the ZL1 coupe including:
- 6.2 liter supercharged V-8 which generates an EPA-estimated 580 horsepower and equivalent amount of torque.
- Six-speed manual transmission
- Magnetic Ride Control which allows the driver to switch the suspension from a firm and pleasant ride to the grocery store (Tour) to hugging the tightest curves on the latest track (Sport). Note the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has been driven extensively on Germany’s infamous Nurburgring.
- High-performance Brembo brakes
The Chevy engineers made a few concessions in the convertible to prevent the all-too-common cowl and steering-wheel shake including reinforcement underbody tunnel brace and stiffer cradle.
What We Think
Need-for-speed Camaro fans will definitely enjoy ogling the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 convertible at the show. We are still waiting, though, for the price tag. Apparently GM didn’t want us press falling over from shock.