2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 convertible unveiled with 432 kW engine

With its all-new 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible, General Motors has just announced that it has built the world’s most powerful roofless production model ever. The new high-power drop-top will be officially revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month.

The convertible Camaro shares its underpinnings with the upcoming Camaro ZL1 Coupe and is scheduled to reach showrooms from late 2012. Powering the convertible is GM’s 6.2-litre supercharged LSA V8 engine producing 432 kW and 754 Nm of torque.

General Motors was quick to point out that its drop top Camaro ZL1 has more power output than Euro performance models like the Aston Martin DB9 with 350kW and the Porsche 911 Turbo with 395kW. However models like the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport were conveniently forgotten about.

“The Camaro ZL1 convertible will be one of the most powerful and most capable, convertibles available at any price,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “This is a car that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face every time you drop the top – or hit the gas.”

To strengthen the convertibles body, GM’s engineers added a front strut brace between the towers , a transmission support reinforcement brace, an underbody tunnel brace, a front “X” brace and stiffer cradle as well as rear underbody “V” braces. With that much bracing it shouldn’t give away too much in handling ability from its coupe sibling. GM engineers also made some additional structural reinforcements to improve noise and vibration characteristics, and reduce body roll.

Like the Camaro ZL1 Coupe, the Convertible uses a third-generation set up of GM’s Magnetic Ride suspension, a Performance Traction Management system and an all new body kit that includes a vented bonnet.

It’s a powerful drop-top for sure but Ford isn’t just going to take it all laying down and is working on an all new supercharged 5.8-litre V8 engine for its next generation GT500.

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