UPDATE: Image removed at request of AutoWeek
UPDATE 2: No speculation here, Camaro Convertible will be at Detroit according to our sources
It seems only natural that a ponycar like the Camaro Concept would ultimately spawn a ragtop version eventually. Now, as we wait for the coupe to go into production, AutoWeek is speculating that GM might have one up its sleeves for Detroit this year. The magazine has even procured some renderings by Motor Forecast to show us what it might look like (Follow the Read link to view). GM has promised a new unnamed concept for the NAIAS, so it might not be too much of a leap to assume AW is onto something. The lucky few hundred with invites to the pre-party along the Detroit River will probably be the first to know for sure.
The Camaro Concept captured plenty of accolades and fan interest when it was first shown in January, but with production of the 2009 car still a long way off, the concepts are starting to lose a little luster. Still exciting, but the novelty begins to wear off when you've seen them at SEMA and OC and LA and just about anywhere cool cars have been gathering. So showing off a drop top version might keep the interest level high enough to keep customers champing at the bit for the next couple of years.
Aside from the photos, AutoWeek is offering a few insights into what the Camaro mechanicals might be like. AW seems to think the trend towards hardtop convertibles won't register with Chevy. Strictly cloth here. And they also speculate that we will see a range of Camaros that might mirror the Ford Mustang lineup. Base models with V6 engines, mid-level V8s and a top-of-the-line SS with a possible Z06 V8 as well. No word on whether or not we'll see sedan and wagon versions to go head to head with the rumored new 'Stangs.