At an event in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Sunday, Chevrolet Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser officially revealed pricing information for the new ZL1 Convertible and 1LE Coupe. The droptop ZL1 will start at $60,445, and the less-powerful 1LE will sticker for $37,035. Both prices include a $900 destination charge.

To refresh, the ZL1 Convertible is simply the soft-top version of the Ford Shelby GT500-fighting Camaro ZL1 Coupe, packing a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 under its hood, good for 580 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque. For the sake of comparison, know that the 2013 GT500 Convertible retails for $59,995 (including $750 for destination) and packs 650 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. But remember, when it comes to range-topping muscle cars like these, power isn't everything.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LEThe 2013 Camaro 1LE builds upon the current SS model in a similar fashion to how the Boss 302 improves upon the Mustang GT formula. The 1LE package includes better suspension geometry, lighter wheels wrapped in better-performing tires, and as Oppenheiser stated during Sunday's press conference, the end result is a "damn fun car to drive." In fact, Chevrolet is so confident that the 1LE is an excellent performer, Oppenheiser stated that he expects this Camaro to stand up closer to the Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca – not just the standard Boss.

That said, the 1LE offers quite the cost advantage compared to Ford's Boss. A standard 302 starts at $42,995, and the Laguna Seca ups that number to $49,990 (both prices include the $750 destination charge).

These two new models aside, there are a few other changes to speak of regarding the 2013 Camaro line. The V8-powered SS models now come standard with electric power-assisted steering, as well as GM's dual-mode exhaust sound system. V6 models will also get the fancy exhaust work starting in the fall. What's more, Chevrolet's new MyLink infotainment system will be standard on LT, SS and ZL1 models for 2013, and no, just like the new bit of tech for the Spark and Sonic, a CD player is not included.

We'll be driving the new 2013 Camaros this week, so stay tuned for full driving impressions.


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      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      In the $60,000 range, personally I would rather have a Vette. Dealership near me has a brand new Grand Sport coupe almost fully loaded that is $61,000 discounted. You can take the top off of that and it is almost like a convertible anyway. I just could not see myself paying $60,000 plus for a Camaro, no matter what it does.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
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      Trent
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really love the look and performace of this car. I am a Ford guy but this convertable really does it for me.
      Blakkar
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm a bit confused. Granted GM/Chevy never said that there was going to be a Camaro5 Z28, which would be expected to go toe-to-toe with the Boss302, a straight-up track car that was at least acceptable as a daily driver. But as the ZL1 is much more the track car and daily driver than anyone ever expected (better than the GT500), it begs the question: Is the 1LE just a step up from the RS, or a step down from the still unannounced, unrevealed, Z28?
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Blakkar
        The RS is just an appearance package and 1LE is just an order code so technically neither can be compared to the SS and ZL1 as those are actual model trims. But the 1LE would be between the SS and ZL1 if you had to place it somewhere as it is just an SS with suspension better set up for the track. The Z28 was a homologation of the race car so they could run in the SCCA's Trans Am series and was lightweight with a more powerful engine and an interior meant for racing. It doesn't make sense to have a Z28 5th gen Camaro, I bet you will see a Z28 when the 6th Camaro is out since it will be on a smaller and lighter platform more suited for worthy comeback of the Z28 heritage.
        LBJ's Love Child
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Blakkar
        "But as the ZL1 is much more the track car and daily driver than anyone ever expected (better than the GT500)..." Better than a GT500 at what? Short, go-kart style tight road courses, yes. Any other track (much less a dragstrip), a big no. http://img864.imageshack.us/img864/3025/summary.jpg But... the guys who once named the Honda Ridgeline as Truck of the Year do like the ZL1 better.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some of you people would find sh!t to complain about if these cars were free. It's ridiculous. I don't see what's wrong with the ZL1 Vert's pricing. It's the typical 5-6K hike of any other convertible on the market. Yeah, at $60,000 I'd take other choices over it, but that's irrelevant. As for this 1LE, I like the GM, and the Camaro, a lot, but the Boss in one well-put-together piece. It'd take one over a GT500 hands down. And I fail to see how the 1LE is going to perform better, especially with it's power deficit. I look forward to seeing it play out, though. It's definitely a performance bargain.
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ok... Now that we have this information, let's get a poll going on the complete lineup rivalry: Mustang V6 vs Camaro V6? Mustang GT vs Camaro SS? Boss 302 vs 1LE? GT500 vs ZL1? How does the inclusion of packages and convertibles affect those decisions? I'd go with Mustang V6, GT (both Track Packed, undecided on Premium, both coupes), undecided on Boss vs 1LE, and ZL1 coupe. As for ZL1 vs GT500 convertibles, losing the roof would fix the ZL1's biggest (or 2nd biggest) flaw: limited visibility and headroom. With the GT500, handling and track prowess take a big enough hit to end the most serious of racing ambitions, at the same time, making it even more glorious sounding and fun on the street.
      gmhtv1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess this new pricing is how GM will attempt to repay the bailout....By highway robbery.....
      PM
      • 2 Years Ago
      I happened to pass through Grand Rapids this weekend, and saw a fleet of 5 Camaro ZL1 convertibles in the JW Marriott Hotel garage and wondered what they were there for.
        ravenosa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PM
        The local Hertz rental shop.
        Mike F.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PM
        So will the journo's be driving them around GR this week, and maybe at Grattan? I'll have to keep an eye out for them.
      Nickoo
      • 2 Years Ago
      You people can't be serious about GM needing to add turbo 6s and DOHC v8s. The LS is already lighter than many DOHC v6s, is cheap to produce, produces outstanding power, has outstanding durability, and gets great fuel milage for it's power output. It is a world class engine, arguably GM's best ever, and one of the best v8s ever. The day it goes away will be a sad day in GM history. A turbo v6 or a DOHC v8 will undoubtedly be a step backwards from this engine. If you want to complain about something, complain about the cost of the ZL-1 convertible. Those are CTS-V/Corvette prices.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nickoo
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      Amco
      • 2 Years Ago
      complete with custom interior: Made by FISHER-PRICE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Amco
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      Toneron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too much weight too much cash. Pass.
        Cadillacftw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Toneron
        Have you test driven the car yet? The next generation Camaro ill use The brand new Cadillac ATS RWD Alpha platform. That means that it will shed MANY pounds considering that the current ATS is the lightest car in its segment, weighing under 3,500lb. So, I do not think you will be complaining that the next gen. Camaro will weigh too much.
          Amco
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Cadillacftw
          ok but he's not talking about 3 years down the line. I could easily say bmw next 3 series in 7 years is going to be way lighter then the ats.
          metalmatrix7
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Cadillacftw
          I agree with you, but I think that Toneron is talking about the current models, you know, the ones this article is about.
          Cadillacftw
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Cadillacftw
          Chill out folks. I know that the article is talking about the current Camaro. I was just reassuring every one who was complaining about the current gen. Camaro weight, that they will not be doing so on the next gen. Camaro. Man, it seems like there are many Anti- GM trolls on this site that will give any one a " thumbs down" for trying to support or give any good remarks on a General Motor's Product.
      JEO
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a Camaro ... $60K? I think not.
      Awhattup
      • 2 Years Ago
      Imagine cruising down the Pacific Highway on this... sweeet!
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