Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible unveiled ahead of LA Auto Show image

Chevrolet announced today the brand’s most-powerful convertible ever – the 2013 Camaro ZL1 – will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month.

Like the coupe variant, the ZL1 Convertible will pack 580 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque from its supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V8, besting the Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible’s power figures of 550 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.

Additional features include structural reinforcements meant to stiffen the convertible and reduce cowl shake/vibration with additional underbody stiffening.

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.

The Camaro was reintroduced for the 2010 model year after having been dropped from the Chevrolet line-up after the 2002 model year.

Up to now, it’s been available with either a 323 horsepower V6 engine or, in the Camaro SS, a 426 horsepower 6.2 liter V8.

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