Vital Stats

Engine:
6.2L V8
Power:
426 HP / 420 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Manual
0-60 Time:
5.4 Seconds
Drivetrain:
Rear-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
4,172 LBS
Seating:
2+2
Cargo:
10.2 CU-FT
MPG:
16 City / 24 HWY
Base Price:
$39,055
I first caught a glimpse of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro in person at the New York Auto Show, and the Convertible version (by way of pictures) at its far-flung debut in Germany. As a car writer, a V8 enthusiast, a convertible diehard and, most days, no fool, I've wanted to get my turn in this very car ever since.

The Camaro SS Convertible rumbled up to my door in 2SS trim, meaning my first go with the deeply attractive pony car would lack for neither bells nor whistles, nor imposing 20-inch aluminum wheels. While undoubtedly pricey, fully loaded with a manual transmission is a great way to buy this car. What's more, the middle of the Michigan autumn is pretty much the perfect time to have the keys to it in your pocket.

Driving Notes
  • It's a piece of cake to pick out this 2014 Camaro Convertible SS (or the coupe, for that matter) from the outgoing model, with just a quick glance at the front of the thing. The air extractor dead-center at the top of the hood is a giveaway, only slightly less subtle than the lower, smaller grille with silver accents. In back, the two-per-side squared off taillight clusters have been replaced with single integrated units that I believe look a lot better. I'll admit that I'm not crazy about the looks of the integrated lip spoiler on the Convertible SS, though Chevy tells me that it does help with rear end lift at speed. I didn't get the thing up to speeds high enough to notice the difference, apparently (commence with pillorying of my driving, in Comments).
  • Inside the car you'll find very little changed for the new model year, meaning the same love-it-or-hate-it, super-shiny plastic panels on the doors and framing the dash, along with big blocky gauges and (in our 2SS trim car) Chevy's useful MyLink infotainment system.
  • Though the 6.2-liter V8 engine is clearly the adrenaline-pumping heart of this modern muscle car, it's the ability to drop the roof that makes the Camaro Convertible a more usable performance machine for me. I've always been impressed with the sports-car handling of the 5th generation Camaro, but the coupe's turret-slit windows and thick pillars fore and aft have always made it difficult to place the car on the road with utter confidence. The increased visibility of the convertible transforms this car for me – in the interest of full disclosure, my above-average height certainly colors my strong feelings here.
  • The engine's 426 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque flow freely and joyfully to the Camaro's rear wheels when you put your foot down, and they sound great doing so. Chevy rates the SS Convertible at about 5.4 seconds for the sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour, which seems right on. The truth is that the big V8 convertible feels slightly more sluggish than the power numbers would indicate when moving away from a standstill, but faster 'n hell when accelerating from speed up to much higher speeds. The engine needs to get spinning before the full force is unleashed.
  • Fitted as my car was with the optional dual-mode exhaust system, I became quite enamored with passing lesser cars under highway overpasses, where the exhaust could trumpet against the cement and (probably) set off car alarms blocks away.
  • The Camaro doesn't exactly 'dance' along back roads – this is a car that clocks in at over two tons, don't forget – but it offers enough raw grip to make it more than up to the challenge of anything I threw at it. It's stunning to me just how rigid Chevy engineers have made this convertible, which doesn't seem to give away one whit of flex to the coupe. The cowl shake that you remember from the fill-in-the-model-year-here F-Body convertible you rode in as a kid has been utterly banished.
  • My Camaro SS Convertible tester stickered for over $46k, which is a lot more money than you might associate with a car that has historically been pegged as a performance bargain. Remember, especially when talking about high-powered convertibles, there's just not a lot that goes head-to-head with Camaro other than Mustang. When it comes to sports convertibles with big V8-power and racy handling, plus two seats for the kids in back, you basically have your choice between Chevy, Ford, or spending a lot more money on something German.
  • As you'd expect, Mustang is still pretty much in lock-step with Camaro in terms of pricing. These days, with the 'Stang due to be replaced and the Camaro Convertible brand-new and looking as sexy as ever, I know where my money would go.


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      scott3
      • 1 Year Ago
      For all those that are bi%ching here this car is just a mild refresh as the 6th gen is not far off and will be underpinned with the performance version of what is already under the CTS VSport. The weight will drop 500-600 pounds and it will get the upgraded DI V8 that is now in the Stingray. In the mean time this car will hold it's own till the new car arrives with the regular models and the Performance versions that we have. While it is not cheap the average price of a car today is now $37,000 so the $46K is not too far out of line for a V8 performance car. Nothing good in life anymore is cheap and it will never get any cheaper.
        Joe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @scott3
        Uh, $37,000? How about $31,000? It's only 48% more than the average new car. You're certainly living the American Dream if spending $46,000 for a car with no utility is no big deal. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2013/09/04/record-price-new-car-august/2761341/
      little b
      • 1 Year Ago
      i wish they came as hard top convertibles i mean when you buy a camaro convertable your not really buying it for performace your buying it for the drop top so who cares about Curb Weight if you want performance by a ZL1 OR Z28 or a nonconvertible SS
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @little b
        No way!! Pretty much every hard top convertible I've ever seen just looks awkward with the lines and seams everywhere. The only time it looked good is if it was one of those removable hard tops, like what some of the Corvettes had back in the 60s and 90s.
      omegaslast
      • 1 Year Ago
      Autoblog has some great photographers but also has some of the worst photographers.. you have to go out of your way to produce such out of focus shots.
      cartonlul
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very nice heap of crap from a company that robbed America through the bailout.
        Bandit5317
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cartonlul
        Shooting for Autoblog's record for most downvotes in one article?
      cartonlul
      • 1 Year Ago
      You would think with all the money they stole from honest American tax payers GM could have come up with a more original headlamp design. I guess copying bmw was a lot cheaper, and I'm sure it makes the thieves that drive these things feel special.
      maxwell s
      • 1 Year Ago
      Put this thing on a diet. I weighs more than my '87 Grand National and is not as fast either. Get some aluminum and drop all the extra power stuff. It should weigh about 3,400 lbs max.
      yo
      • 1 Year Ago
      those tail lights just ruin that design. Its a deal breaker. epic fail
        Thunderbuck
        • 1 Year Ago
        @yo
        I agree. I THINK they were trying to suggest the double horizontal slots of the '69, but it just comes off looking like the ass-end of the last Preludes...
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Ben Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      So big and heavy. I liked the SS with the ram air intake. Guess its gone. Chevy has this weird fascination with pod like gadget things for their interiors. Looks like two generation behind. Reminds me of what Nissan was doing awhile back with "poddy" instrument panels on the Maxima and Altimas. Ergonomically and visually it looks terrible. All the stuff is crammed down below. Theres all that wasted space on top. Looks like a toy juke box thing was just stuck on there.
        riserburn99andre
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ben Lee
        They went retro with the design of the interior, look at the optional interior from a '67-'69 model and it had those exact same pods and lower info on the center console. Seriously lookup stuff before you blow hot air!
        avanti
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ben Lee
        I agree Ben . . . And that interior screams cheap hard plastic. The center stack looks like some 4 year old "Boom Box" from Target. Those knobs and dials are juvenile and so cheap looking. The Mustang does the retro interior so much better. The somewhat stark simplicity of the Challenger is also a step up from this overwrought mess.
      bootsnchaps60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now we know why the Corvette got the Camaro tailights -leftovers.
        Bryan Martorana
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bootsnchaps60
        Aaaaand they're completely different lights lol. You should go compare the histry of corvettes and camaros design wise and come back and try again.
      Ryan Schneider
      • 1 Year Ago
      "....with the 'Stang due to be replaced and the Camaro Convertible brand-new and looking as sexy as ever, I know where my money would go." Precisely. It would go straight to the bank to collect a little interest until the 2015 Mustang comes out and stomps the fat, bloated turd of a Camaro.
        BahamaTodd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ryan Schneider
        Or you could gain a little more interest and wait another year for the next gen Camaro...
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ryan Schneider
        Well played, Mr. Schneider. You know, if you like, HAD to buy a muscle car convertible today though.... Thanks for reading. -Seyth
      hemijohn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Same old car for half a dozen years now, facial tweeks? To quote the great Homer "Boooorring!"
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