The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible looks absolutely wild in red or yellow, but even the muted shades of grey and black look sharp. Camaro ZL1’s are also instantly recognizable thanks to the vented hood with black details. Finally, it is hard not to get excited about the Camaro’s headlights, which have a distinct halo-glow to them.
The ZL1 packs a more powerful version of the supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V8. In the ZL1, the motor is good for 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft of torque. Helping make those impressive power figures is a 1.9-liter Roots-style supercharger that crams air into the engine with a pair of four lobe rotors and the aid of an intercooler.
Additional structural reinforcements in the ZL1 convertible are designed to improve noise and vibration characteristics, while also reducing unwanted ride and body motions. They include a hydrofoamed tube in the A-pillars, an inner reinforcement bracket in the windshield header, a reinforced front hinge pillar and reinforcements inside the rockers.
Both transmission options are particularly smooth, with the six-speed manual having a nicely weighted clutch and slick, short throws. The automatic is a nice surprise too and offers three drive modes. In normal drive, the car shifts quickly and early in the rev range in order to save fuel allegedly. In Sport mode, the shifts are still quick and the car holds gears a bit longer