The ZL1 is the craziest Camaro ever to hit the streets, but this is not the upscale version of the current generation. In fact, the craziest Camaro will seem quite tamed when the all new Z / 28 will be released but until then the ZL1 will have to do it. While the coupe is quite impressive on its right, the most impressive is the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible, the more fun version of the two that will allow its driver to show not only the car but also the interior of the car and him even.
2018 Chevy Camaro Convertible Exterior
Not surprisingly, the ZL1 Convertible is identical to its stablemate cut below the waist. However, compared to his predecessor, it is a significant style-wise departure. First, based on the sixth generation Camaro, it is slightly smaller because Chevrolet wants to move its pony closer to the segment of sports cuts rather than the full-size muscle car market. Second, it is based on a more aggressive design featured by advanced headlights, wider bumper openings, a muscular engine hood and a sporty rear end with first-generation Camaro-inspired taillights and large Exhaust points.
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The ZL1 package gives the sixth generation of Camaro a more threatening appearance thanks to the new front front with a much larger grip under the lean grille, larger redesigned cooling ducts and vertical daytime running lights. The new grid pattern for upper and lower openings, wider front fenders, black “bowtie” badge, and ventilated hood with with carbon fiber help to place the ZL1 apart from the SS more. The light wheels in shiny black, and the lower suspension seen on the coupe are present on the convertible as well, suggesting that the ZL1 is more than just a regular summer ride. More impressive race-inspired can be spotted around the back, starting with the diffuser and large exhaust pipes, and ending with the trunk spoiler for extra high speed support.
2018 Chevy Camaro Convertible Inside
The interior of the convertible is identical to that of the coupe, which in turn has some extra features on the package you get with the Camaro SS. Specific models include a flat-bottomed steering wheel and a suede shift knob, Recaro front seats with standard “ZL1” logos, suede inserts on the passenger side dashboard and Doors, contrast stitching, aluminum inserts and a customized display for infotainment display.
On top of that, the ZL1 Convertible is pretty much a high-end version of the redesigned Camaro, but it’s nothing to sneeze, as the new pony comes with a larger infotainment screen placed higher up in the Central stack, Cooling controls integrated in the rings surrounding the air ducts. The new ZL1 does not just feel fresh, but more spacious and upscale too. We can complain about the lack of carbon fiber, typical in similar cars of German brands, but the Camaro ZL1 is always a nice place to spend time, especially with the top down on a sunny day.
2018 Chevy Camaro Convertible Engine
In addition to looking bad-ass and being able to challenge physics, the previous Z / 28 sat outside the rest of the Camaro family under his engine. While every other Camaro used a 6.2 liter V8 (either naturally aspirated or supercharged), the former Z / 28 boasted the naturally aspirated 7.0-liter LS7 V7 also used in the C6 Corvette Z06. The special engine makes 505 horsepower, less than the supercharged V-8 in the contemporary ZL1, and yet the Z / 28 was the most expensive Camaro available. We suspect that, this time, the Z / 28 can get a nominal power proportional to its position at the top of the Camaro range. For reference, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 puts 640 horsepower from the same supercharged 6.2-liter V8 used in today’s Corvette Z06 (which carries a ceremonial advantage of 10 horsepower on the Camaro). While the Z / 28 power level is a mystery, we’re pretty confident the extra power Z / 28 will come from the same supercharged LT4 V-8 as the ZL1. A six-speed manual transmission should be standard, while General Motors’ new 10-speed automatic transmission that debuted in the Camaro ZL1 may be optional.
Arrival and Estimated Prices
Even though this Camaro Z / 28 prototype seems largely complete, we believe that durability testing and the desire to give the Camaro ZL1 some breathing room at launch will push its reveal until next year at the earliest. Assuming a beginning of