The paint is hardly dry on the first batch of 2016 Chevrolet Camaros, and our spy photographers have already caught a convertible ZL1 variant of the redesigned muscle car out and about for testing. This isn’t the first time we have spied a new ZL1 out for testing, as our spy shooters already spotted the new Camaro ZL1 coupe testing earlier this year.
The last-generation Camaro ZL1 made quite the impression when it stormed the streets back in 2012. The last-gen ZL1 packed a variant of the 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 LSA engine, which sent 580 hp to the rear wheels. The LSA engine used was itself a variant of the firebreathing LS9 found in the Corvette ZR1, which leads us to suspect the new ZL1 might wrangle a version of the LT4 powering the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V. As we explained in a Sneak Preview earlier this year, the Camaro ZL1 could have the same 650-hp output of the Z06. Given that the new sixth-gen Camaro has reduced weight and improved handling already — the Camaro won a Car of the Year commendation from our colleagues at Motor Trend — we have high hopes for the new ZL1’s performance.
Like the outgoing ZL1, the new model should boast standard Magnetic Ride Control suspension, a feature that is an optional extra on the 2016 Chevy Camaro SS. Expect a whole host of go-fast bits as well, including beefier brakes, sharper transmission, and wider, stickier tires wrapped around lighter wheels. As evident from this heavily camouflaged prototype, aggressive new aerodynamic parts are also part of the package, including a giant rear spoiler, new side skirts, and a front splitter.
Take a look at a preview of the next-generation Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 convertible in the photo gallery below. Expect the car to debut late next year.