2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

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2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 13, 2019


A muscle convertible is a peculiar style on its own, however, the concept grows on your after a certain time. Hence, the reason Chevy is all in for the drop-top Camaro in a zeliciously ZL1 manner. The ZL1 remains unchanged with subtle hints on the design front and a new infotainment screen to name a few. As far as power is concerned this Camaro is a brute as it always have been.

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Pros

Nimble handling

Potent V8 powertrain

Smooth ride with adaptive suspension

Cons

Terrible visibility

Tiny back seats

Some controls are puzzling to locate

What's New?

Changes in the Front and Rear Fascia

New infotainment


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$68000

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

top speed

190 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

376

horsepower

650 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

650 lbs.-ft @ 3600 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

63.4/62

dimensions

wheelbase

110.7 in.

length

190.2 in.

width

75 in.

height

52.6 in.

curb weight

4113 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

77 cu ft.

cargo volume

7.3 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.5 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7.9 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

3.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

11.7 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

141 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/16/20 mpg

highway range

380 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60,000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible in Garnet Red Tintcoat color  2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible in Red Hot color  2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible in Riverside Blue Metallic color  2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible in Silver Ice Metallic color
Garnet Red Tintcoat

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

9.0

Interior

6.5

Exterior

6.5

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible Base

Base

power
650 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
16 combined

$68,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl S/C 6M) Starting at $68,000 MSRP (14/16/20) 650 hp @ 6400 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
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6-speed manual rear wheel drive 4   Satin Steel Gray Metallic
  Red Hot
  Silver Ice Metallic
  Mosaic Black Metallic
  Summit White
  Crush
  Shadow Gray Metallic

Expert Review

7.3

Overall Rating


With a sticker price of $62,000, the 2019 Camaro ZL1 convertible is a sports convertible with a crazy V8 engine. There are two variants of the transmission, with a 6-speed stick shift taking the lead. Another 10-speed automatic transmission comes optional. The transmission sends the V8's 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels of the Camaro.

That might be very impressive to any performance enthusiast but the reality is there are a lot of muscle cars that offer more power and better performance. Yet, you would struggle to find one good enough as the ZL1 whilst offering the ability to feel the wind in your hair on an open road. That being said, the Camaro has undergone many changes that put it well within a true sports car category rather than a proper muscle car. Therefore, it faces stiff competition from the likes of Audi RS5 and the Mercedes C-Class AMG Cabriolet.


 

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

6.5/10
Interior

 

6.5/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible Features

Sitting at the pinnacle of the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro lineup is the ZL1 and it's perhaps the craziest a muscle car could ever get. You will need a hell of money to ride this badass beast and get the full zest if the muscle car persona. It's fitted with a Supercharged  6.2L V8 engine borrowed from a Z06 Corvette. It is mated to a 6-speed stick shift gearbox that features rev-matching and launch control. Throw in the 1LE performance package and you will upgrade your Camaro with features like a carbon fiber hood and spoiler, race-oriented suspension dampers, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Trim

Camaro ZL1 Convertible

MSRP

$62,000

Key

Features

StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control

 

External engine oil cooler

 

Rear window defogger

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Magnetic Ride Control

 

Electronic Limited-Slip Differential (eLSD)

 

Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System with 8" diagonal HD color touchscreen

 

Bose premium 9-speaker audio system

 

Extra capacity cooling system

 

Rear axle, 3.73 ratios (Included with MN6 6-speed manual transmission.)

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The ZL1 Convertible is a good package on its own with premium interior materials and a powerful Corvette- derived engine. Still, the 1LE package makes the car more ferocious, adding in race-spec adjustable dampers, 19-inch forged alloy wheels with wider tires and more carbon fiber on the exterior.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible Engine and Performance

9.0/10

"Even with a smaller V6 engine, the Camaro is a surprisingly competent sports/muscle car. The performance gap between the V8 is shrinking, especially when it comes to handling. It's lively, inspires confidence and, above all, it's fun. And with a car like this, that's the whole point" -Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

American muscles have always been about big guns. The bigger the engine, the greater the driver's macho. The ZL1 comes equipped with a 6.2L Supercharged V8 engine that gives the 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque to play around with. The 6-speed stick shift transmission boasts short throws and is equipped with rev-matching downshifts. An optional 10-speed automatic is also part of the ZL1 lineup for those looking to get the best of the Camaro's capabilities.

The dual-mode exhaust releases thundering pops and crackles like Zeus himself was driving the Camaro. The suspension is tuned perfectly and doesn't let the gargantuan power away control from the driver The power delivery is smooth and the accelerator is ready to punch in that torque to the rear wheels of the ZL1 at the press of the pedal.

Models

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

BMW M4 Convertible

Audi RS5 Quattro Convertible

Mercedes AMG C63 Convertible

MSRP

$62,000

$70,145

$74,200

$68,750

Engine

6.2L V8 Supercharged Big Block

3.0L I-6 Twin Turbo

2.9L V6 Twin Turbo

4.0L V8 Twin Turbo

Transmission

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

8 Speed Automatic

9 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

650 hp@ 6400rpm

425 hp@ 5500rpm

444 hp@ 5700 rpm

469 hp@ 5500rpm

Torque

650 lbs-ft@ 3600rpm

406 lbs-ft@ 1850rpm

443 lbs-ft@ 1900 rpm

479 lbs-ft@ 1750rpm

Acceleration

The V8 engine is crazy on the SS but this 650 horsepower rebel goes berserk as you put the pedal to the metal. The Camaro rockets into the tarmac better than the wildest convertible sports car you can think of. The launch control makes it even better. The ZL1 Convertible makes the 0 to 60 mph run in just 3.5 seconds. And when it comes to a drag race, which is also a muscle car territory, the Camaro hits the quarter-mile light in just 11.4 seconds. The performance remains unchallenged by other convertibles in its segment.

Models

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

BMW M4 Convertible

Audi RS5 Quattro Convertible

Mercedes AMG C63 Convertible

0-60 MPH

3.5 sec

4.1 sec

3.8 sec

3.9 sec

Quarter mile

11.4 sec

12.5 sec

12.0 sec

12.4 sec

Engine

6.2L V8

3.0L I-6

2.9L V6

4.0L V8

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

12.42

10.64

6.8

10.90

The closest any of the sports convertibles can get to it is the Audi RS5 which benefits from its excellent Quattro AWD system. The Camaro ZL1 Convertible may be the least expensive of the lot but you better save the money for the excess emission taxes that you'll be paying in the subsequent years.

Braking

Braking on the normal Camaro is acceptable and you can very well keep it as a daily driver, but the ZL1 is no ordinary muscle car. Hence, Chevy installed 6-piston front and 4-piston rear Brembo brakes on the ZL1. The pedal feels stiff and confident, the kind much appreciated on a 600 hp plus muscle car. During hard braking, the ZL1 Convertible halts from 60 mph in 112 feet, making it perform just below the coupe.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

BMW M4 Convertible

Audi RS5 Quattro Convertible

Mercedes AMG C63 Convertible

Brake Front (in.)

15.35

15.0

13.8

14.2

Brake Rear (in.)

14.4

14.6

13.0

14.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3883

3625

3649

4242

60-0 MPH (ft.)

112

108

105

155(70-0 mph)

The bigger brakes do very little in favor of the Camaro ZL1 since it is a heavy car, after all. The Audi RS5 Convertible has the best braking distance due to its lightweight chassis and the Quattro AWD that grants it better traction.

Ride and Handling

ZL1 is the ultimate Super Saiyan of all Camaros ever built. The muscle maniac's unquenched hunger for power will surely be satisfied for good. However, the car's agility is not compromised with a higher power. The Camaro ZL1 is surprisingly nimble when you want it to be, thanks to its low center of gravity. The car cuts corners like a hot knife through butter and overpowers any car in its way. The quick-shifting gears reach their full potential only with a badass driver. For those who want something more sensible, there is a 10-speed automatic available as an option.

The performance-tuned suspension with magnetic dampers and an electronic limited-slip differential keep the ride composed on city roads. It can be adjusted to become stiffer as you need more stability during high-speed turns. The flat-bottom steering feels nice in hand with optimum control and response. The road feedback is fair as it's built more like a sports car in a muscle car shell. Everything on the ZL1 is amplified on the Track mode when its inner savagery is unleashed.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible Fuel Economy

The power from its humongous engine does take a toll on the Camaro ZL1's fuel economy. The convertible manages an EPA rating of just 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway, which makes it a frequent sight at the gas station. For those looking to make the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 a daily driver, this is a big turn-down. With a fuel capacity of just 19 gallons, it won't be a good pick for long drives.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

BMW M4 Convertible

Audi RS5 Quattro Convertible

Mercedes AMG C63 Convertible

MPG (city)

14

18

18

18

MPG (highway)

20

25

26

27

MPG (combined)

16

20

21

21

All the other convertibles in its price range perform better than the ZL1. The Merc comes out at the top with 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway mileage. The numbers along with additional luxury features make the AMG C63 pretty good for a grand tour.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible Interior

6.5/10

"This Camaro improves on its predecessor in many ways, but many elements still have us scratching our heads. It struggles with some usability issues that arise from the aggressive styling, particularly in regard to visibility. Chief rivals are far less compromised." -Interior

Seating and Comfort

The exterior's retro-modernized persona leaks into the interior design as well. There are a lot of elements with strong styling like the steering wheel, dash, and odd placement of AC vents. All these add to the Camaro's pony car aggression. The features list is rich but the placement is not that smart. So, it will take a few trials before one is completely acquainted with all features and buttons.

There are standard RECARO seats since it's listed as a performance muscle car, though its positioning feels more like it was built for taller people. Then you have the telescopic steering wheel which feels good with a leather finish around it and can be tilt-adjusted to secure the ideal driving position. Driving the ZL1 can be distracting but you still get a good view of the gauge cluster.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

BMW M4 Convertible

Audi RS5 Quattro Convertible

Mercedes AMG C63 Convertible

Passenger capacity

4

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.6/55.5/42.7

39.8/55.3/42.2

39.0/55.3/41.3

38.8/54.8/42.0

Rear

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

33.4/50.3/29.9

36.1/51.7/33.7

36.3/50.7/32.7

35.6/51.7/32.0

The front cabin is cozy but feels packed due to the rebellious styling. You get 38.5 inches of headroom, 55-inch shoulder room, and 43.9 inches of legroom in the front cabin. The rear cabin is not sensible, there is barely any legroom for adults. It's a good thing if you have children, otherwise, the Camaro kills practicality with the rear seats. The Audi and the Merc are much better suited to carry up to four passengers comfortably.

Infotainment

The Camaro's infotainment system consists of an 8-inch touchscreen on the central console that uses Chevy's tried and tested Sync3 system. It is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay but the default OnStar navigation and voice control are good alternatives if you don't have access to the internet. The touchscreen is easy to use and is supplemented by a few hard buttons on the console and steering wheel for quick settings. Some additional infotainment features include:

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • AUX cable input
  • 2 USB ports
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
  • AM/FM/HD radio
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Performance data recorder
  • 9-Speaker Bose Premium Audio System

Cargo volume

Going for the Convertible trim, you should expect to haul a lot of cargo with you on a drive. The trunk holds merely 7.3 cubic feet of cargo, which is even less than what you get on the coupe. Upfront, the Camaro is more generous. There is plenty of space on the console for stowing in wallets or a pair of sunglasses. There is a dedicated smartphone stand that comes with wireless charging. The side pockets can hold medium-sized water bottles and the glove box is easily accessible from the driver's side.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

BMW M4 Convertible

Audi RS5 Quattro Convertible

Mercedes AMG C63 Convertible

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

7.3

11.0

16.4

10.5

Other convertibles in its segment don't give you a family saloon worth of storage but can store more than a couple of backpacks. The Audi RS5 Quattro Convertible has the biggest trunk at 16.4 cubic feet. The AMG C63 has a kick-to-open gesture for the trunk, so it is easier to load in luggage with your hands full.

Interior Features-

  • Premium Carpeted Floor Mats
  • Dark Night Interior Spectrum Lighting
  • Premium Carpeted Floor Mats W/1LE Performance Logo
  • Sport Pedals Kit
  • Red Interior Trim Kit
  • Illuminated Sill Plates
  • Black Sueded Knee Pads
  • All-Weather Cargo Mat W/Camaro Logo
  • Black Interior Trim Kit
  • All-Weather Floor Mats
  • Black Interior Appearance Package
  • Recaro Performance Front Bucket Seats
  • Structura (Brushed Aluminum) Interior Spectrum Lighting

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible Exterior

6.5/10

"A modern take on 1960s cool, the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro prioritizes sleek and sporty over space and function." -The Car Connection

Design and Styling

The jump from 5th to 6th generation was a bold move and the 2019 ZL1 takes it to the extreme. With a fresh front and rear fascia, more aerodynamic body, and a new hood scoop the ZL1 is the meanest-looking of the Camaro bunch. The design still reminds us of the late 60s, and it's better than ever. The rebellious grille and huge muscles look like the Camaro is on a high-protein diet. It's good that the retro framework is backed with a lot of modern customization options. There is an army of alloy options on the Camaro and choice for body-color hood vents Vibrant paint options like Hyper Blue and Garnet Red give the Camaro a unique personality that makes a statement every time it turns up at a drag strip.

Dimensions and Weight

The hood looks a little short for Muscle car standard, the result of 190 inches of total length. As for the width and height, they are rated at 74.7 and 53 inches. Away from the Challenger's boat-like body, the Camaro kept it compact resulting in its 110.7 inches of wheelbase. Be prepared for a wider turning radius while maneuvering the ZL1 though.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

BMW M4 Convertible

Audi RS5 Quattro Convertible

Mercedes AMG C63 Convertible

Curb weight (lbs.)

3883

3625

3649

4242

Length(in)

190.2

184.5

185.9

187.1

Width(in)

75.0

73.6

73.3

73.9

Height(in)

52.9

54.4

53.5

55.2

Ground clearance (in)

3.5

4.7

4.2

3.6

Wheelbase (in)

110.7

110.7

108.9

111.8

Track width (in) F/R

63.4/62

62.2/63.1

62.9/62.5

64.4/62.7

Exterior Features

  • 20" Dark Graphite premium paint, forged aluminum wheels with summer-only tires
  • Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G:2 285/30R20 front and 305/30R20 rear, summer-only tires
  • Front intermittent wipers
  • ZL1 rear spoiler
  • Body-color heated, driver-side auto-dimming power outside mirrors
  • Tire inflator kit

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible Safety

The Camaro ZL1 has undergone partial crash tests from the NHTSA and the IIHS, both of which have granted it good safety scores. The NHTSA gave the ZL1 an overall safety rating of 4-star, while the IIHS gave its highest score of 'Good' in most categories. This will put to rest any doubts that the Camaro is not a safe car to drive. Additionally, there are a lot of safety features listed as standard. You won't find any fancy driver aids here, but the systems are enough to alert the driver of an imminent collision, giving him/her enough time to swerve the car clear of any danger.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Parking brakes
  • StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control
  • Daytime Running LED Headlamps
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • OnStar & Chevrolet Connected Emergency Services
  • Teen Driver Restriction System
  • Driver and Passenger Front and Side Airbags
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible Competition

Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Cabriolet vs Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The Mercedes C-Class is filled with a lot of luxurious cabriolets that all offer better comfort and safety than the Camaro. While the Camaro ZL1 is breaking into the convertible sports car segment as a toned-down performance car, the Merc comes in through the opposite end as a spruced-up luxury coupe. Thus, it is much more suited for you if you desire to go on a relaxing cruise of the back roads instead of burning laps around the track. The Camaro is obviously the better performance pick but as a sports convertible, the Mercedes AMG C63 does a better job.

Audi RS5 Quattro Convertible vs Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The AWD Audi RS5 Convertible comes the closest to the Camaro ZL1 in terms of performance. It can lose to the Chevy in a drag race but offers much better handling. Just like any typical German convertible, it comes loaded with high-tech features that make it easier to live with as a daily driver. Not to mention enough space and storage for four adults along with their luggage.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible Final Verdict

The Chevy Camaro used to be an iconic muscle car though the modern-day Camaro is mutated to a Sports car. Yes, it has flexed its muscles to be more nimble and shaped for optimum aerodynamic just to harness the insane power. The fire breathing V8 engine conjures 650 horses pulling this godly chariot which will impress any American. However, the days of power dominating ride quality are long gone and the Camaro agrees. Rather than just brute strength, Chevy also focused more on the experience as the Convertible trim so clearly proves. It still has a lot to do to increase practicality, but when you're thinking of the monster that resides under its hood, the word 'practical' doesn't come in the line of thought.

FAQs

How fast can a 2019 Camaro ZL1 go?

The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible comes up a bit slower than its coupe cousin due to its additional weight. It can go from a standstill to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 195 mph.

What engine does the Camaro ZL1 Convertible have?

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible uses an LT4 supercharged 6.2L V8 engine that produces 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. It is the same engine that you get with a Corvette Z06.

How long does the ZL1 Convertible take to get the roof down?

The Camaro ZL1 Convertible has a top-down time of 20 seconds and you can do it while driving the car under 30 mph. It should be noted that the top doesn't operate at temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Does the Camaro ZL1 run on premium fuel?

Yes. The 6.2L supercharged V8 requires premium fuel to operate at full capacity and minimize wear. Nevertheless, Chevrolet has stated that it can run on 87-octane gasoline with 90% effectiveness.