|2013 Camaro ZL1|
DETROIT ( TheStreet) -- The most powerful Chevrolet convertible ever made will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. GM ( GM) said the 2013 Camaro ZL1, which will go on sale late in 2012, will deliver more performance and technology than many exotic cars and ultra-luxury convertibles.
"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, in a prepared statement. Like the coupe, the Camaro ZL1 convertible features a supercharged 6.2L "LSA" engine, SAE-rated at 580 horsepower and 556 lb.-ft. of torque (754 Nm). GM said that is sufficient to exceed the output of many 2+2 convertibles, including the 2012 Aston Martin DB9 Volante, the 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S, and the 2011 Ford ( F) Shelby GT500, which has 550 hp and 510 lb.-ft. of torque. The architecture for the fifth-generation Camaro was designed to accommodate a convertible model, which gives the ZL1 convertible coupelike driving dynamics The reinforcements include a tower-to-tower brace under the hood, a transmission support reinforcement brace, an underbody tunnel brace and front "X" brace and stiffer cradle as well as rear underbody "V" braces. -- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C. >To contact the writer of this article, click here:
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