Super spy, Chris Doane, caught the 2017 ZL1 Camaro convertible testing in what has come to be traditional 6th-Gen Camaro testing camouflage. Chris said, “The new Chevy Camaro ZL1 coupe has been testing since late summer of this year, but today, we’ve finally snagged our first look at the upcoming ZL1 convertible!”
We’ve already seen a prototype for the 2017 Camaro ZL1 coupe, and now our spy photographer has spotted the drop-top version being tested. Like the coupe, we expect the convertible to be powered by the heavy-hitting LT4 supercharged V-8 engine.
Notable exterior bits bulging through the prototype’s camo include a front lip spoiler, extended side sills, split-spoke alloy wheels, and a larger rear wing. Those new pieces will likely increase the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 convertible’s curb appeal and aerodynamics over even the SS model.
While we expect the new 2017 Camaro ZL1 to be powered by a version of the supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 found in the current Corvette Z06 and Cadillac CTS-V GM hasn’t revealed official power ratings for the muscle car. The LT4 makes 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque in the Corvette Z06 and 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft in the CTS-V.
The supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V-8 in the previous Camaro ZL1 was rated was rated at 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft, which was more powerful than the same engine in the last-gen CTS-V (556 horsepower, 551 lb-ft), but less powerful than the LS9 in the last-gen Corvette ZR1 (638 horsepower, 600 lb-ft).
Production of the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe and convertible are expected to begin next summer and be on sale for the 2017 model year.