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Chevrolet Will Debut 580-Horsepower Camaro Convertible at L.A. Auto Show

2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Chevrolet will unveil its new 2013 Camaro ZL1 convertible next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Chevrolet says in a statement this will be its most powerful convertible ever and can compete with high-performance luxury cars costing much more.

“The Camaro ZL1 convertible will be one of the most powerful and most capable, convertibles available at any price,” Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, said in a statement.

The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is expected to go on sale in late 2012. Chevy says it will have the same supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that comes in the 2012 Camaro ZL1 coupe. This engine produces 580 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque.

Car and Driver says that even though the Camaro ZL1 will weigh more than the coupe version, it will still be fast. “We predict that the convertible to run from 0 to 60 mph in just over four seconds and turn in a quarter-mile time of less than 13,” Car and Driver reports. “Not, uh, too shabby.”

CNNMoney says that the 2013 Camaro ZL1’s main rival comes from Ford. “The car's power output will exceed the current rating of its closest competitor in the marketplace, the Ford (Mustang) Shelby GT500 convertible, which has a 550 horsepower engine,” CNNMoney reports.

Chevrolet hasn’t announced full specifications or pricing for the 2013 Camaro ZL1 yet. The base 2011 Camaro convertible starts at $29,275 and the 2012 Camaro SS convertible we recently tested costs about $43,000. The 2013 ZL1 convertible is expected to cost significantly more than the base Camaro convertible when it goes on sale next year.

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