Priced: 2013 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible Starts at $60,445, 1LE at $37,035
The intensity of the pony car wars has risen to a fever pitch, as GM is readying two high-performance models for launch, the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible and 2013 Camaro 1LE. Now, both cars have received price tags, with the Camaro ZL1 convertible starting at $60,445, and the Mustang Boss-rivaling Camaro 1LE starting at $37,035, Detroit editor Todd Lassa notes on his Twitter feed. All prices include a $900 destination charge.
The 2013 Chevrolet ZL1 convertible uses the same 580-hp, 556-lb-ft supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 of its fixed-roof stablemate, and also gets the same Magnetic Ride Control suspension system. In addition to this equipment, the convertible model receives chassis bracing components like an underhood strut tower brace, front suspension “X” brace, and rear “V” braces to stiffen the drop-top version.
The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE package is intended to improve upon the Camaro SS’ handling, and is priced to undercut its closest competitor, the 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302, by a fair margin. Available for 1SS and 2SS models with the six-speed manual transmission, the 1LE package costs $3500, which raises the price of a 1LE-equipped 1SSto $37,035. The package includes rear monotube dampers, a front strut tower brace, larger front and rear stabilizer bars, 20-inch alloy wheels and high-performance Goodyear Eagle Supercar G:2 tires sourced from the ZL1, and an upgraded fuel pump for high-speed cornering also borrowed from the ZL1.
The Camaro 1LE is powered by the Camaro SS’ naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8, which produces 426 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, but is mated to a package-specific six-speed manual transmission tuned for on-track performance.
The 2013 Camaro ZL1 convertible and 2013 Camaro 1LE coupe go on sale later this year.