Chevy’s 2017 Camarao ZL1 convertible loses its top, keeps 640-horsepower V8
General Motors unveiled its muscular 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 well ahead of the 2016 New York Auto Show, but it did save a little surprise for the show itself. Like the previous ZL1, the new model will be offered as a convertible.
Hacking off the roof typically has a negative effect on performance, but Chevy says the convertible ZL1 will have comparable performance to the coupe. It claims the new sixth-generation Camaro body structure was engineered with a high-performance convertible in mind, so relatively few changes were required to account for the removal of the fixed roof.
All of the performance hardware is the same, including the 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 shared with the Corvette Z06 and Cadillac CTS-V. In the ZL1, it produces 640 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. There’s a standard six-speed manual transmission, but the ZL1 also debuts GM’s new 10-speed automatic, which will find its way into eight models by 2018.