2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
What would a reborn Chevrolet Camaro be without a convertible? Well, more difficult to back into a parking spot, for one thing. The Camaro's retro-modern styling is, in reality, amplified by losing its top. The 2011 Camaro Convertible looks lower, leaner, and most assuredly meaner.
Obviously the big news here is the top. Sharing a lot with the Corvette Convertible, the Camaro's multi-layered, power fabric bonnet releases with a single, central latch. It then, in about 20 seconds, lowers in a compact z-fold to nearly flush with the body. The sectioned tonneau cover completes the smooth transformation, and you still have over 10 cubic feet of trunk space left.
Engine choices are the same as the coupe. The 312-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 revs willingly and takes some weight off the nose, but for warp-speed, top-down highway miles on a cloudless day, the 6.2-liter, 426-horsepower V8 in the SS is near impossible to beat.
Generally, a lot of structural rigidity is lost in the transformation from coupe to convertible, resulting in chassis flex and cowl shake. Not so with the Camaro Convertible. Chevy engineers added front and rear V-braces, reinforced the transmission support bracket and tunnel, and bolted on one of the beefiest factory-standard front strut-tower brace we've ever laid eyes on.
Unlike many convertibles, which are more softly sprung than their coupe counterparts, the Camaro Convertible's suspension tune is just as solid and sporty as the hardtop.
Inside, the cockpit and front seats are all carryover. But the already-tight rear seat area is narrower to accommodate the power folding top mechanism.
Arriving for spring, the 2011 Camaro Convertible begins at $30,000.
V6 Engine: 3.6-liter
V8 Engine: 6.2-liter
Price: Beginning at $30,000