After offering the fifth-gen Camaro ZL1 as both a coupe and convertible, mum was the word on a sixth-gen ZL1 convertible until Chevrolet pulled the wraps off the drop top variant at the 2016 New York Auto Show. And here you were thinking that the Camaro team was going to leave convertible lovers high and dry with this latest 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, weren’t you?
Features, equipment and performance for the 2017 Camaro ZL1 Convertible are all borrowed from its coupe cousin, which means that the drop-top has the 6.2-liter LT4 supercharged V8 under its hood making 640 horses and 640 pound-feet of twist. The beastly V8 is mated to a six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic gearbox.
Chevy says that minimal changes were made to incorporate the drop top thanks to the rigid architecture — the Alpha platform — of the sixth-gen Camaro. That said, minor structural differences do exist between coupe and convertible.
As for the top itself: it’s operated with the push of a single button and can be raised or lowered at speeds up to 30 mph. It may also be operated remotely via the key fob.
But the best feature about the 2017 Camaro ZL1 Convertible isn’t one highlighted by the brand at all, but one we’d like to infer: how great the supercharged V8 is going to sound with nothing but open air in the way of you, and the beastly noises coming from under the hood and those leaving the massive tailpipes.