You’re looking at the most powerful open-top Chevrolet in the brand’s 100-year history: the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible.
Powered by the same supercharged 6.2-litre ‘LSA’ V8 engine as the 2013 Camaro ZL1 Coupe, the Convertible produces 432kW and 754Nm of torque.
While the engine doesn’t quite meet the 485kW/813Nm heights of the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe revealed at LA earlier this week, it easily accounts for some of the most exclusive European soft-top supercars, including the Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet (390kW/700Nm), Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster (420kW/650Nm) and the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder (412kW/540Nm).
Chevrolet says the architecture of the fifth-generation Camaro – designed and engineered in Australia by GM Holden – was developed “from day one” to accommodate a convertible model, helping it achieve claimed “coupe-like driving dynamics”.
A range of structural reinforcements have been used throughout the body and chassis aimed at reducing cowl and steering wheel shake, noise and vibration, and unwanted body motions that typically plague high-performance roadsters.
The Camaro ZL1 Convertible’s ‘Magnetic Ride’ suspension adjusts damping levels up to 1000 times per second, which is around one adjustment per inch of vehicle travel at 100km/h.
The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible – which is not destined for Australia – goes on sale in the US early next year. Prices for the Model Year 2013 vehicle are not yet confirmed, but it is expected to start slightly higher than the Coupe at around US$60,000 ($59,700).