Chevrolet Camaro Convertible 2011

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible 2011

Nov 17, 2010

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible 2011

Chevrolet has shown its new Camaro Convertible ahead of the Los Angeles auto show tomorrow. No great shakes: it takes the stylish coupe and chops the top.

There's a 308bhp V6 or the 420bhp V8, and prices kick off around $30,000. If only UK prices transferred over like that; it would cost £19,000, but we somehow don't think that'll happen when official UK imports of the Camaro kick off in 2011.

Will the Camaro Convertible 'do a blancmange?'

The soft-top roof on the Camaro Convertible has an acoustic headliner to hush the whistles and whooshes of a cabrio and GM quotes a better torsional stiffness than a 3-series CC.

That's some claim, made possible by extra bracing under the bonnet, a stronger transmission tunnel and unerbody reinforcements.

'To compensate for the reduced structure of an open car, engineers often will make the suspension softer, making the convertible a boulevard cruiser,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. 'Instead, we took the more difficult, but better path of bolstering structure rather than softening the suspension. We didn’t change a strut, bushing or spring rate from the Camaro coupe.'

When can I buy a Camaro cabrio?

UK imports later in 2011 will bring a Camaro cabrio with the 6.2-litre V8, with a choice of six-speed manual or auto transmission.

The Camaro is now the best-selling coupe in the segment in America.