New York Auto Show: Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

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Surprises are the cream of any automotive event and the automaker nailing them will most likely enjoy the biggest layer of spotlight compared to the rest of the crop.

And with such a surprise introduction we’re also giving kudos to Chevrolet for keeping this under wraps – the New York International Auto Show has been used as the world premiere venue of the all new 2017 Camaro ZL1 Convertible. The model has been scheduled to arrive at dealerships early next year so fans will have to contend to buying the coupe version until then. The Convertible takes all the cues from the covered brother and comes with the “flow-tie” grille, the front splitter, and heat extractor hood. Looking up closer we also noticed the massive side skirts, the aggressive and wide front fenders or the trunk-mounted rear wing. Completing the menacing looks are the 20-inch forged aluminum wheels with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires.

The Convertible is a four-seater and the bespoke features include a flat-bottom steering wheel and Recaro sport seats with red contrast stitching. Other additions include a suede-wrapped shifter and a wide range of ZL1 badges. Power comes courtesy of the same supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine as in the coupe, delivering an estimated 640 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque. It has been mated to either a six-speed manual or an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission. Chevrolet says the Convertible comes with a “few minor structural differences” but will offer “comparable performance” to the coupe version thanks to the new architecture used on the Camaro line.