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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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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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