The ZL1's chief engineer Al Oppenheiser claims the car is not just about horsepower but performance and handling too.

Chief Camaro engineer Al Oppenheiser was on hand at the Los Angeles auto show to talk up the newly introduced 2013 Chevrolet ZL1 Convertible in this video.

But Oppenheiser keeps his comments mostly about the ZL1 in general and says the car is not just about horsepower and that the model has been tuned for handling and cornering. He points to the ZL1 Coupe's Nurburgring lap time of 7:41.27 as evidence of the model's abilities in that regard.

The 2013 ZL1 Convertible, like the 2012 ZL1 Coupe, comes with a a supercharged 6.2 liter engine producing 580 hp (432 kW / 588 PS) and 556 lb-ft (754 Nm) of torque. Transmission is either a six-speed manual or an automatic gearbox. On the Coupe, 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) clocks in at 3.9 seconds with the automatic (4.0 with the manual) and top speed is 184 mph (296 km/h), also with the automatic transmission. Top speed is 180 mph (290 km/h) on the manual.