2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

It didn’t take long for Chevrolet to introduce a convertible version of the Camaro ZL1. Making its debut at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, the Camaro ZL1 Convertible shares the same mechanical bits as its coupe sibling, but with the added advantage of providing a more immersive experience.

According to Chevrolet, the ZL1 Convertible “offers comparable performance to the coupe model, thanks to the Camaro’s modular and rigid body architecture, which was designed at the outset to support a high-performance convertible.”

Therefore, only a few minor structural differences have been implemented on the ZL1 Convertible to accommodate its folding roof, which tucks away into a cubby hole behind the driver. Even so, the roadster still allows for 2+2 seating just like the coupe.

The powertrain remains unchanged from the ZL1 coupe as well, with a supercharged 6.2 litre LT4 engine pushing out 640 hp and 868 Nm of torque. The old-fashioned can opt for a six-speed manual transmission, but a 10-speed automatic gearbox is available as well.

Chevrolet’s Magnetic Ride suspension, electronic limited-slip differential, Performance Traction Management, Custom Launch Control, Driver Mode Selector and Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tyres (285/30ZR20 front and 305/30ZR20 rear) are just some of the items that ensures the muscle car tackles the twisty bits well.

Moving inside, the cabin features Recaro seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and gear shift knob, both wrapped in suede, and carbon-fibre dashboard trim. The company’s Performance Data Recorder and touchscreen infotainment system with advanced connectivity features are part of the interior as well. Additional sunlight intrusion is available at a push of a button.

Like the coupe, the convertible ZL1 is said to weigh 90 kg less compared to its respective predecessor. However, Chevrolet has yet to divulge any performance figures like 0-100 km/h times and top speeds, but expect the coupe and convertible to be pretty similar in that aspect. Which version of the Camaro ZL1 do you prefer?

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