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First Look: 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

Chevy opens up with the fastest Camaro ragtop ever.

by on Oct.10, 2011

The Camaro ZL1 Convertible will share the Coupe's 580-hp supercharged V-8.

Opening up will take on a double meaning when Chevrolet brings the new Camaro ZL1 Convertible to market sometime in mid-2012.  The cabriolet version of Chevy’s most powerful pony car ever will feature both a fast-opening top and a 580-horsepower V-8.

TheDetroitBureau.com got a first good look at the Camaro ZL1 Convertible during a background session at the General Motors Design Dome, the styling complex where every version of the Camaro family has been designed since the original rolled off the drawing boards nearly a half century ago.

The ZL1 Coupe, which comes to market next April, is the latest in what we’re told will be a continuing series of updates to the latest Camaro iteration.  Not a bad move if Chevy hopes to maintain momentum after gaining the sales lead over long-time rival Ford Mustang for the first time in decades. Coupe and Convertible share key powertrain and design elements, starting with that LSA V-8, a supercharged package that turns out 580 horsepower – 30 more than the current Mustang Shelby GT – and 556 lb-ft of torque.

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Chevy Takes Aim at Mustang with New ZL1

Fast, faster, fastest.

by on Sep.12, 2011

Chevy takes aim at the Mustang Shelby GT with the new 580-hp Camaro ZL1.

It’s been a quarter century since Chevrolet last held the lead in the pony car race and it’s ready to up the horsepower count to keep its lead over its perennial rival, the Ford Mustang.

The trick to remaining king-of-the-hill, Chevy planners recognize, is to keep a steady stream of updates to the recently revised Camaro.  So, we’ve already seen the addition of a ragtop and now comes the ZL1.  While Chevy gave us a peek at the high, higher, highest-performance version of the Camaro line-up a few months back, the maker is now giving us some official numbers.  And they aren’t going to make the folks at Ford happy.

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When it hits showrooms sometime in the mid-2012 model-year the Camaro ZL1’s 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 will make a jaw-dropping 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft of torque.  That’s aimed “right between the eyes” of the 550-horsepower Mustang Shelby GT, noted Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser.

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What’s the Buzz, Camaro?

Chevy launches Bumblebee pony car just in time for Transformers 3.

by on Jun.27, 2011

Chevrolet pays homage to the latest installment of the Transformers series with the Bumblebee-colored Camaro special edition.

Chevrolet aims to get a lot of buzz with the new Bumblebee Camaro, which it hopes will ride the wave as one of the summer movie season’s anticipated blockbusters, Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon, rolls into theaters across the country.

The black-and-gold Camaro honors Bumblebee, one of the Autobots from the Tranformers series, which can readily transform themselves from cars to fighting machines in the seeming blink of an eye.  The good news is that you don’t have be Shia Labeouf to drive one.

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The 2012 Transformers Special Edition Camaro starts out as either a Camaro 2LS or 2SS with the RS Appearance Package.  Cough up another $3,000 and you’’ get not only Bumblebee’s exterior color scheme but a special rear spoiler, black-out 20-inch alloy wheels with Autobot logo center caps, and fender-mounted Autobot badges.

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First Look: Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Heating up the pony car wars with the fastest Camaro ever.

by on Feb.09, 2011

Chevrolet rolls out the fastest, most powerful Camaro ever , the 2012 ZL1, at the Chicago Auto Show.

Chevy is adding a little more muscle to the pony car wars by bringing back the once-formidable Camaro ZL1.

The General Motors division rocked the market when its reborn Camaro outsold the Ford Mustang, last year, for the first time in a quarter century.  But GM officials admit it won’t be easy to keep that momentum going – not without broadening the Camaro line-up.

The long-delayed Chevrolet Camaro Convertible is about to go on sale.  (For a review, Click Here.) Now comes the 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1, which is making its debut at the Chicago Auto Show.

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Ed Welburn, GM’s vice president of design, recalled how the original Camaro ZL1 became an instant classic when it first appeared in the late 1960s.  The hope is to repeat that success with the new car.

“The 2012 ZL1 will be the most technically advanced Camaro every built by GM,” Welburn said, during the GM press conference.  “The new ZL1 continues the momentum of Camaro, propelling it into an entirely new realm of leading-edge performance technology,” added Welburn, who said the car will be rolling into Chevy showrooms next January.

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Chevrolet Reveals Official Pics of 2012 Camaro Convertible

No more waiting for Neiman-Marcus.

by on Nov.12, 2010

The official launch for the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible is set for the upcoming LA Auto Show.

It didn’t take long for the digital cash registers to ring at Neiman-Marcus, the highline retailer selling out a special edition of the long-awaited Chevrolet Camaro Convertible in a matter of minutes.

Now, however, it’s time for everyone else, and days ahead of the ragtop’s official debut at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show, we’ve gotten the first official pick of the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible that will be rolling into showrooms next year.

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Beyond the clean lines of the soft-top, which manage to maintain the look of the Camaro coupe, Chevrolet has more good news for potential buyers, the base price will come in around $30,000 – less than half the $75,000 Texas-based Neiman-Marcus was getting for its special model. (Click Here for a look at that special edition.)

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