2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible Boasts 640 Supercharged Horses

The brand-new ZL1 loses its lid.

Oh, you thought the Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet was a powerful convertible? Take a look at the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 droptop and think again. Introduced at the 2016 New York auto show, it's a topless version of the 640-hp Camaro ZL1 coupe we drove earlier this month.

As in the coupe, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 convertible has a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 churning out 640 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque. Buyers pick between a six-speed manual transmission or a new ten-speed automatic.

Though there are no performance figures or a curb weight yet, Chevy says the ZL1 convertible has "comparable" performance to the coupe, and that only "minor" structural changes were needed to stiffen the chassis. Chevrolet said that the standard Camaro convertible, too, was already stiff enough that it needed very little extra bracing; it's said to be 28 percent stiffer than its predecessor.

In fact, the topless ZL1 will get all the same high-performance upgrades as the coupe: Brembo brakes with 15.4-inch front rotors, 20-inch wheels with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires, an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, Magnetic Ride suspension, and Performance Traction Management electronics with launch control. Interior upgrades include Recaro front seats and a flat-bottom steering wheel.

Stay tuned for more details on the monstrous new Camaro ZL1 convertible.

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