2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible: Topless, anyone?

22 Nov 2010 | 1,934 views | No Comment
     By Don Hammonds  As we write this, Pittsburgh. our beloved hometown, is enjoying balmy, sunny temperatures in the 70s--in November!        That fact prompted us to think of a lovely picture that cross our desk as we glanced out our office window: the unveiling of the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible at the recent media days event at the 2010 Los Angeles International Auto Show.  Long, low and lovely, we could only imagine how cool it would be to  pilot it  on a warm November day.  Chevy says the convertible has better torsional stiffness than the BMW  Three Series convertible, and it will have an accoustical headliner to keep things quiet as well asconvenient one latch feature for the top. It goes on sale in February, 2011, and it will fetuyre pretty much the same powerplant lineup that you can get on the coupe. The standard model will have a 312-horsepower direct injection V-6 engine delivering 29 mpg highway. The SS model will feature the 6.2L V-8 engine producing 426 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission will be standard, with an optional six-speed automatic. The convertible will be offered in similar model configurations as the Camaro coupe. Other interesting details: Chevy claims that Camaro now leads its segment in U.S. sales, and the divison sold the right to purchase one of the first convetibles at the B arrett-Jacvkson auction for $205,000,  and all proceeds went to charity. A sure sign that the Camaro may be one of this year's "It" cars is the news that a group of 100 exclusive Neiman Marcus Edition Camaro convetibles, each with custom features and costing $75,000 each, sold out in only three minutes. Camaro convertible is offered in 1LT/2LT (V-6) and 1SS/2SS (V-8) trim packages and priced from $30,000 MSRP (including $850 destination). Nine production exterior colors are available, with tops offered in black or tan. Rear parking assist is standard on all convertible models.     Chevy officials say the company worked hard to eliminate steering wheel and cowl shake, problems that are common to convertibles. They used a towere-to-tower brace under the hood, along with a transmission support reinforcement brace, an underbody tunnel brace, and front and rear underbody "V"  braces.           Chevy also says that the power folding top retracts in about 20 seconds, and that it's built in partnership with the same manufacturer as the Corvette convertible top. like the Vette convertible, the top folds in a simple "Z" pattern and it latches with a single handle located at the center of the windshield header. There are a few other distinctions between the convertible and the  Camaro coupe. The OnStar/XM/AM-FM radio antenna moves to the deck lid on LT models without the RS package , and the car's radio antenna is now embedded in the rear spoiler, and the trunk lock cylinder has been moved to rear seat area for a clean exterior look. There's also a new subwoofer design is located in the trunk between the rear seats.

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