• Jun 15, 2009
Chevy Camaro Convertible spy shots - Click above for high-res image gallery

Last we reported back in March, plans to produce a drop-top version of the Chevy Camaro were still in effect. While the Camaro Convertible may be delayed until early 2011 and arrive as a 2012 model (GM just confirmed it will arrive as a 2011 model), the on again/off again project appears to be firmly in the on position now... and we have proof. Autoblog reader Brad M recently caught the Camaro Convertible getting a tan outside of the Oshawa, Ontario plant that assembls the fixed-roof Camaro. The red convertible was sporting front and rear fascias from the Camaro SS and, with its top retracted, sported a very clean rear deck with only the center stop lamp and satellite radio antenna sticking up. With the chance of a Dodge Challenger Convertible hovering around 0%, we're pleased to see Chevy still intends to take on the Ford Mustang Convertible in the topless wars. Now, back to waiting...




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Not a bad looking car...I still think the Challenger would have been awesome as a convertible.
      • 5 Years Ago
      First thing I would do is move that ugly antenna off of the rear trunk lid.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed, that XM Antennae looks horrible where it is. Not to mention the fact that I will never use it outside of the free 3 months or whatever. Remove it or buy it without if they would let us. I plan on buying a 2SS RS IOM Camaro Vert.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where's my T-Top?!
      • 5 Years Ago
      they've had that dual colored junker around for a long time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      AWESOME!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I AM a convertible guy, and I want this one!!! V8 with six speed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very good looking convertible. How many college blondes will this Camaro be able to pull away from the V6 mustang convertible?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Now where's my checkbook!?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here's hoping. From all of the angles that count, I'm sure GM will make certain it's a stunner, but the broadside looks like an SN-95 'stang to me. The fat C-pillar on the coupe is so key to the visual impact that I just can't in good conscience condone this, although I realize it's A: necessary to be competitive in the market and B: will sell a billion units to the sun slaves who don't mind a little shimmy and shake while they strike a pose.
        • 5 Years Ago
        jg:

        Its all relative. There are plenty of convertibles out there that will outperform coupes in the same class. I think that part of the reason that people who drive convertibles could be put on the defensive by your remarks is that you sound kind of aggressive and a bit hostile about convertibles. Maybe just a little? But that's only a cursory observation.

        You are right though - no reasonable person can deny that, given the same chassis, the coupe will perform a little better than the convertible. No doubt about that. And this is even more true of four seat cars than two seat cars where the convertible usually has an even bigger weight penalty. However, if you are not Hans Stuck or Kimi Raikkonen (warning exaggeration) you are not going to be effected by it. A great driver (even a non-pro) could take a convertible and lap you on the track. So maybe what you really need are more driving lessons? Couldn't hurt, right? Or maybe you are already a skilled driver. So ok. But not everyone out there that has a performance car is. In fact, most probably aren't, yeah?

        Ah but wait a second - why take driving lessons when you can just buy a performance car and pretend to be a great driver? Everyone will think you're a track star. Awesome. Well, that is until they notice that there are people driving around in the convertible model of the same car you have, with absolutely no pretentions of being a great driver. Driving around with the top down sends the clear message "I just want to have fun - I don't care if you are faster than I am." And it kind of ruins the stigma a little doesn't it? These people are spoiling it for everyone else, aren't they? They are making all the true "hard-core" people look bad, I'd say. But how dare they just buy the car for fun. It should be used only by the real drivers, and it should be taken to the track like everyone else with a performance car does every weekend, right? I sure think so!

        Well, how about that? I guess you're right. I see it now. I hate convertibles too!
        • 5 Years Ago
        True that chopping the top off does compromise some structural integrity (which is partially compensated with additional body reinforcements).

        However, on a modern convertible, it's not true that it sucks all sporting appeal out of the car. I'm sure the Mustang convertible still handles pretty well--just not as good as the coupe. But still pretty good. It's not 100% a fashion accessory because it still has some substance to it--it's not fair to say that the owners don't care about fashion at all. They're just willing to compromise a some performance and handling for the opportunity to motor top-down. The MINI Cooper S convertible, for example... it's not quite as good a handler as the hatchback, but it'll still run circles around your average vehicle.

        ...the above does not apply to the Sebring convertible. Or the Beetle convertible. Those cars? 100% image vehicles (though it's beyond me what image a Sebring convertible driver is going for...).
        • 5 Years Ago
        'people who want performance will buy the coupe anyway.'
        Try telling that to a convertible owner. When you tell them that removing a hard roof gives the car the structural rigidity of a wet noodle (warning exaggeration) they get all defensive. When you tell them convertible sports cars are marketed to the type of guy that ties his sweaters around his neck they get violent. LOL
        I admit a convertible looks nice (corvette) but the coupe drives and corners better so it's the real sports car, the other is a fashion accessory.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Modern convertibles are not that bad... besides, people who want performance will buy the coupe anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the idea of a convertible for a Camaro sounds wrong for some reason.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Tump, no Camaro convertibles from 1970 to at least 1981. So up to that point there were only 3 years a Camaro convertible was available.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pretty much, haha.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If so, it's been wrong since the first model in 1967.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it's even sexier than the coupe!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not a convertible guy, but I do hope they build this thing soon. 'Bout time Ford got some real competition. Not bad looking at all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      WOW, and it looks just like a topless version of the same Camaro I've been seeing in "spy shots" for the past 3 years. Forgive me, but GM distributed the appearance of this car far too soon. I'm already sick of it. Even the Kia Forte (!) is more interesting at this point.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Tomac

        This is exactly what I was going to post. I saw this convertible concept at the auto show here in Atlanta roughly two and a half years ago and that wasn't even the first time I saw it!
        • 5 Years Ago
        To big sTomac,

        So ? How many versions of the Musty-poontang have we seen over the years that look the same ?

        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL Joe K. Blasphemy not intended, I just think GM jumped the gun. I'm seriously tired of the Camaro already, and that's a sad thing considering how important this car is to Chevrolet. I haven't even seen one on the road yet, but it probably won't turn my head.

        @ Coolio: I didn't see the 2010 Mustang until a few months before release, so kudos to Ford for under-promotion. Regardless, I'm not so tired of Mustang and Camaro iterations as I am of the fanboys that can't seem to find fault with them. They are both decent cars, but nothing spectacular. There's more to a superior sportscar than horsepower and retro looks.
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