Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible 2013 will make it global debut at the LA Auto Show next month. The car aims to deliver more performance and technology than many exotic cars and ultra-luxury convertibles.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). The car is slated to go on sale in late 2012.
Set to follow on the heels of the Camaro ZL1 coupe, the convertible variant will arrive in Chevy dealerships near the end of 2012. For those that can’t wait a full year to put a ZL1 in their garage, the Camaro ZL1 coupe will be available during the first part of next year.
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 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.
Changes from the coupe include a tower brace under the hood, a transmission reinforcement brace, an underbody tunnel brace, and a set of X and V braces under the body, all aimed at stiffening the chassis to better handle and apply all the power the mighty LSA generates. Otherwise, the ZL1 convertible will share its running gear and features with the coupe.