General Motors just announced that the most powerful production convertible, 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible, will be launched at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. Camaro’s chief engineer Al Oppenheiser comments that the car will grab its place in automotive history and will satisfy any customer, when they hit the engine or bring down the top. General Motors also claimed that the new Camaro Convertible is the most powerful and adequate convertible ever built, at any price. The car is expected to enter sales by the end of 2012.
General Motors also revealed the technical specifications of the new Camaro Convertible, which clearly shows the huge margins between the Camaro Convertible and its other competitors. The new Camaro ZL1 will run on a V8 6.2 liter engine producing a whopping 580 hp, and pound feet of torque. This clearly surpasses current leaders- the 430 hp Corvette Convertible, the classic favorite Chevelle 454 Convertible, and even Aston Martin Volante- 470 hp, Mercedes-Benz at 518 hp, and even the 550 hp Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible. The only car that may match the speed of Camaro Convertible is Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible with 530 hp engine.
Its evident that the horsepower battle still runs, with Ford announcing their plans for a new GT500 running on a 5.8 liter V8 engine.
Chevy Camaro Convertible will be utilizing the Magnetic Ride system, which made it entry in the Corvette’s 2003 edition. The Magnetic Ride system monitors and adjust damping up to 1,000 times per second according to driving conditions. This is in addition to standard Chevrolet’s Performance and Traction Management.
The company assured that the ZL1 Convertible will have the similar equation of handling, quality and acceleration as found in the ZL1 Coupe. Furthermore, General Motors has made a few modifications to the convertible’s body structure to minimize steering shake and cowl. The front X brace and rear V brace, under body tunnel brace, and a tower-to-tower brace beneath the hood ensures these modification work.