GM officially announced today that the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible will make its official debut in November, at the 2010 Los Angeles International Auto Show.
The new 2011 Camaro Convertible will hit the dealerships in February 2011 and will have a base price of $30,000, including $850 destination (more details about this are expected to be released later this year). As expected, the Camaro Convertible will be available in the same basic model offering as the Camaro Coupe.
Base model will be powered by the 312 hp Direct Injection V6 engine, expected to deliver 29 miles per gallon on the highway. The more powerful Camaro SS Convertible, will carry the impressive 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 426 hp. The Camaro Convertible will be offered as standard with a manual six-speed transmission but an optional six-speed automatic will also be available.
For those who don’t know, the Camaro is considered America’s most popular sports car. Regarding the new Camaro Convertible, one of the first production versions was recently sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction for $205,000. But, we’ll wait for the cheaper version.
2011 Chevrolet Camaro has been designed with a convertible roof. Using coupe like dynamics, the roof appears or disappears at the touch of a button. In an attempt to reduce steering wheel shake and stabilise the vehicle, Chevrolet has used four strategic reinforcements to the already solid structure.
Al Oppenheiser, Chief Engineer with Camaro, explained that the goal was to create a ride that offered “quality, handling and overall performance.” They were set on making the convertible match the coupe.
The driver can observe the Chevrolet Camaro’s convertible strength in the tuned suspension. There are very little changes between the convertible and coupe. In convertibles, where the structure is reduced due to the car being open, it is normal to make the suspension softer.
However the Camaro engineers took a different path. They reinforced and strengthened the structure instead of making the suspension softer.
The suspension was not interfered with and as a result the convertible has outstanding track and grip, with a performance to challenge the coupe and with very little lost from the acceleration.
Structural reinforcements have been made to strengthen the vehicle, reduce vibration and improve noise and minimise steering wheel shake. This was achieved using hydrofromed tubes in the A – pillars, a reinforced front hinge pillar, and an inner reinforcement bracket in the windshield header.
Meanwhile, the rockers were also reinforced inside. These structural modifications to the body of the Chevrolet Camaro convertible mean that the vehicle is firmer but is able to flex. It has improved torsional stiffness. As a result, it puts the BMW 3-Series convertible to shame.