• Mar 24, 2009
Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

The on again, off again roller coaster ride that is General Motors' product development schedule once again apparently has a green light; the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro convertible. The drop-top Camaro is once again scheduled for a 2011 grand entrance, one year after the first Bowtie pony cars begin rolling off the line in Oshawa. Motor Trend reported back in November that the convertible Camaro was in trouble due to GM's cash crunch, and last week we learned from The Detroit Bureau that financial problems at a German supplier for the car's roof was threating the model's timetable. For its part, General Motors insists that the topless Camaro has always been scheduled for one year after the coupe began production, but now Motor Trend is now saying that the Camaro Convertible will probably not arrive until the first quarter of 2011 (likely as a 2012 model).

With a reported 14,000 pre-orders already on the books for the fixed-roof Camaro, GM is looking at some much needed good news in the short term. To better compete with Ford's Mustang and Dodge's Challenger, though, the General will need to make good on a ragtop variant (and perhaps a Z28, although that looks unlikely to happen). If MT's reports are accurate, the gap between coupe and convertible models is likely to be well over a year, which will be a tough pill for sunlovers to swallow. However, if the production model looks as good as the concept shown above, the Camaro could have all the inertia it needs when the top comes down.



[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      As far as I can remember, GM has been saying all along that the 'vert would release a year after the hardtop. Only recently has all this news said it's been "delayed".


      Right from the beginning GM said that the 'vert would release after regular production started. Where's the news here?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Looks bad ass. Though I'll bet it will look cheaper when it is produced. I was excited about the Camaro until I sat int he production car. Cheap and lacking were the two words that came to mind.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those wheels are fantastic. This should be the top of the Camaro. Futuristic yet retro and edgy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      a beautiful car, cant wait to get my hands on one, I know a couple of my buddies at www.affluence.org are going to pick them up too
      • 5 Years Ago
      And down goes you're rank.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Umm Camaro convertible is turning in the Toyobaru on the rumor market.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Germans don't do that. They always deliver far above and beyond what we expect.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's true. The Convertible is just a little delayed. Just ask Scott Settlemire aka the FBodFather on the Camaro Forums.
      sqela
      • 5 Years Ago
      how much will this weigh?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @sqela
        I'm thinking around 200 lbs more than the Coupe. Which means the SS should come in at about 4K pounds and the LT. Give or take a few (but mostly give.)
        • 5 Years Ago
        @sqela
        Again with the weight?

        Almost all cars are gaining weight. Get over it and find something else about this car to bitch about, like the 10 years it took GM to get it from concept to production, or the super ultra cheapo crappy interior, or whatever else the whiners keep complaining about.

        Okay okay, sorry for the outburst. My apologies.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @sqela
        Pokey must be a GM loving moron. Weight is everything!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The news is that the automotive media (esp the Internet based) will publish any bit of rumour of fantasy as a report. Just ask the Toyota/Subaru "Super Project" fans.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This new "Detroit Bureau" is off to a great start with solid reporting and blogging, eh?

      The truth is they were wrong and the Camaro 'vert was never in danger of being cancelled. However, they were successful in getting their new web-site a ton of traffic!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Screw the convertible. Delay it and bring me a Z/28 next year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tell that to the Enzo and Elise are horrible sports cars.

      Let me guess, you also think double clutch gearboxes are just 'automatics'.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You know, if you keep holding in how you really feel, it's gonna get to you ...
      • 5 Years Ago
      F**k the Vert. Give us the Z28!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The vert is faster money.

        The z28 is slower money.

        But at this point it looks like they're going to have no money.
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