2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible Brings Its Soft Top in New York

Chevrolet presented the 2017 Camaro ZL1 Convertible, a drop-top with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine.
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The new Camaro ZL1 Convertible features an LT4 engine which develops an estimated 640 HP (477 kW) and 868 Nm (640 lb-Ft) of torque. The model can be ordered with a six-speed manual gearbox with active rev matching, or with an all-new ten-speed automatic transmission.

The Camaro ZL1 is the first car that uses GM’s new ten-speed transmission, and it also comes with an individual calibration developed for it. By the end of 2018, GM will launch the new ten-speed automatic transmission it has developed with Ford in eight vehicle models.

For optimal handling, Chevrolet fitted this version of the Camaro Convertible with a Magnetic Ride suspension. The rear differential has an electronically controlled limited-slip function.

According to Chevrolet, just a few minor structural changes separate the Coupe and Convertible models. The carmaker explained that this happens because the chassis was designed to accommodate a high-performance convertible without any changes, and so have the driver control systems.

Another standard element on the new Camaro ZL1 Convertible is a dual-mode exhaust and a Driver Mode Selector, among others. The standard braking system comes from Brembo and includes 15.35-inch (390 mm) two-piece front rotors with six-piston monoblock calipers. They stay behind a set of 20-inch forged aluminum rims with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires, which have a specially developed composition.

General Motors says their new Camaro ZL1 Convertible is ready for the track from the factory, so it features 11 heat exchangers for powertrain cooling. Performance figures have not been announced yet. We do know that the new ZL1 Camaro drop-top has more power and torque than the previous model, and that it is lighter, so the new ZL1 Convertible will undoubtedly be faster than its predecessor.

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible goes on sale early next year, but we expect to have the final specs and figures before it reaches showrooms.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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