The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro has a 6.2-litre V8 that puts out 572bhp and 556lb ft of torque
17 November 2011

General Motors launched the latest Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible at the Los Angeles motor show with the claim that it is the world’s fastest convertible.

Statisticians and the likes of Bugatti may like to challenge that claim, but there’s no doubting the 2013 model year Camaro ZL1 Convertible is fast – its supercharged 6.2-litre V8 puts out a peak 572bhp and 556lb ft of torque, beating the likes of the Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible.

See show pics of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

The engine features a Roots-style blower with a four-lobe rotor set and compact intercooler. The ZL1 also has a standard dual-mode exhaust system, with vacuum-actuated valves in the exhaust pipes for a refined exhaust note at low speeds as well as a free-flowing system for peak performance.

Although official performance figures haven't been released yet, the Coupe version of the Camaro ZL1 cover 0-60mph in 3.9sec and has a top speed of 184mph

To counter the effects of taking the roof off the drop-top variant, Chevrolet has fitted a front cross brace and a rear, V-shaped brace, plus strengthening around the transmission, underbody and across the front of the car. The Camaro ZL1 also features technologies like magnetic ride control active suspension and a performance traction management system.

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible will be available in the US in the summer of next year. Pricing has yet to be announced.


Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Hyundai Kona
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Hyundai's funky-looking Kona crossover with a peppy three-cylinder engine makes all the right noises for the car to be a success in a crowded segment
  • Citroën C3 Aircross
    First Drive
    17 October 2017
    The Citroen C3 Aircross has got funky looks and a charming interior, but it's another small SUV, and another dynamic miss. Numb steering is just one thing keeping it from class best
  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer
  • Citroën C3
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Is the third gen Citroën C3 ‘fresh and different’ enough to take on its supermini rivals? We spend six months with one to find out