Road Tests Real world tests of Camaro ZL1 vs SS

0-60mph

But whereas Chevy uses a 6.2-liter LSA to churn up 580 horsepower, SLP opted for a 7.0-liter LS7 making a claimed 750 horses.
Camaro ZL1 Convertible | by Car and Driver (Dec, 2011)

Top speed

Forged, 20-inch wheels wrapped in wider-than-stock Michelin Pilot Sport PS2s shroud supersized Brembo brake hardware: 15.9-inch rotors with six-piston calipers up front, 15.0-inch rotors with four-piston calipersat the rear.
Camaro ZL1 Convertible | by Car and Driver (Dec, 2011)

0-100mph

The big brakes didn’t slash stopping distances though, instead lassoing the ZL1 from 70 mph in 159 feet, one foot ­longer than in the stock SS coupe.
Camaro ZL1 Convertible | by Car and Driver (Dec, 2011)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Reasons to consider the
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

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Has an air compressor Supercharger vs None Most supercars don't have an air compressor
Way more more powerful engine 579 HP @ 6,100 RPM vs 426 HP @ 5,900 RPM More than 35% stronger engine
More torque 558 ft-lb @ 3,800 RPM vs 420 ft-lb @ 4,600 RPM Around 35% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More expensive sticker price $60k vs $30k 2x more expensive harder to own
Faster to 60mph 4.2 s vs 4.7 s More than 10% faster to 60mph
Better power-to-weight ratio 7.63 lb/hp vs 9.06 lb/hp More than 15% better power-to-weight ratio
Front view of Chevrolet Camaro SS

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Lighter curb weight 3,860 lb vs 4,415 lb Around 15% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Higher redline 6,600 RPM vs 6,200 RPM More than 5% more revs

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Camaro ZL1  vs
SS 
Brand Chevrolet Chevrolet
Price 60,445 30,245
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2012 2009

design

Chief designer Sangyup Lee Sangyup Lee

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD
Shift system Automatic Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Gear ratios
1: 2.66:1
2: 1.78:1
3: 1.3:1
4: 1:1
5: 0.8:1
6: 0.63:1
Axle ratio 3.73:1 3.45:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Brembo Disc Brembo Disc
Rear brakes Disc Brembo Disc
Front wheels 508/? 203 508/? 203
Rear wheels 508/? 229 508/? 229

road tests

Camaro ZL1  vs
SS 
Top speed 155 mph 155 mph
0-60mph 4.2 s 4.7 s
0-100mph 8.7 s 10.7 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 7.63 lb/hp 9.06 lb/hp
Maximum hp 579 HP @ 6,100 RPM 426 HP @ 5,900 RPM
Maximum torque 558 ft-lb @ 3,800 RPM 420 ft-lb @ 4,600 RPM
Max RPM 6,200 RPM 6,600 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 6,200 cc 6,162 cc
Cylinders V8 V8
Air compressor Supercharger None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 9.1:1 10.7:1
Bore/stroke 4.06 in / 3.62 in 103 in / 0 in
Valves per cylinder 2 2

physical dimensions

Curb weight 4,415 lb 3,860 lb
Width 75.5 in 75.5 in
Height 54.2 in 54.2 in
Length 190.4 in 190.4 in
Front track width 63.7 in 63.7 in
Wheelbase 112.3 in 112.3 in
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible
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