2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible Drive Review

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible Drive Review
- starting price $69,435, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 convertible, GM's LT4 supercharged V-8, 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of neck-straining torque, 11 heat exchangers, a standard six-speed manual transmission, all-new optional 10-speed automatic

- six-speed manual gearbox is controlled via a well-weighted, suede-wrapped shifter

- Clutch effort is low. the clutch-pedal feedback leaves no question of when engagement is going to occur

- GM’s $1595 10-speed automatic, denoted as the Hydra-Matic 10R90

- more robust clutches, planetary carriers, and output gears, a different torque converter and shift-control software

- impressive 10th-to-third-gear downshift occurs when the throttle is mashed while cruising at 60 mph

- manually shifting gears is an option, shuffling through 10 speeds is a task more exhausting than rewarding

- top can be lowered or raised in 13 seconds and at speeds up to 30 mph

- lowering roof, the massive rear pillars disappear and the blind spots are no longer a factor

- top up, rear visibility is even further restricted than in the coupe, as the rear window in the fabric top is basically a slit

- convertible lives without the coupe’s electronically controlled limited-slip differential, a conventional limited-slip diff is installed instead

- not available Chevrolet’s stellar Performance Traction Management (PTM) feature, a multilevel stability and traction-control system capable of turning any driving zero into a road-course hero

- launch control is still selectable

- smaller-diameter anti-roll bars are used in both the front and rear to dial back some of the athleticism

- ride is compliant and the lighter steering remains sharp

- the convertible’s structure is solid, the lazier dampers may mask some of the impacts sent through the chassis

- a slight shake can be felt through the steering wheel

- the Camaro SS convertible, as the quickest droptop pony car ever tested

- offers an out-of-doors experience that Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 owners are missing out

Starting Price $69,435
Vehicle Type 2 door convertible, front engine, rear wheel drive
Engine supercharged, intercooled pushrod 16-valve V-8, direct fuel injection
Transmission -- 6-speed manual -- 10-speed automatic, manual shifting mode
Horsepower 650 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque 650 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
Displacement 376 cu in, 6162 cc
Wheelbase 110.7 in
Length 188.3 in
Width 74.7 in
Height 52.4 in
Curb weight 4100-4150 lb
Passenger volume 85 cu ft
Cargo volume 7 cu ft
0-60 mph 3.6-3.8 sec
0-100 mph 7.6-7.8 sec
Top speed 195 mph
Fuel economy (city/highway) 12-14/20 mpg
Pros speed, smile, power
Cons poor visibility, chassis limited as compared to coupe