The new Chevy Camaro convertible flexes its muscle with a well-tailored top that deploys in about 16 seconds, a choice of V6 or V8 engines, and good handling—but be prepared to pay for the fun
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The new Chevy Camaro convertible flexes its muscle with a well-tailored top that deploys in about 16 seconds, a choice of V6 or V8 engines, and good handling—but be prepared to pay for the fun
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The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Chevy's ragtop muscle car
Chevy's ragtop muscle car
The new Chevy Camaro convertible flexes its muscle with a well-tailored top that deploys in about 16 seconds, a choice of V6 or V8 engines, and good handling—but be prepared to pay for the fun
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Overview
Overview
Last year the revived and updated Chevy Camaro was king of the rear-wheel-drive muscle cars, outselling the Ford Mustang by more than 7,000 units. Now the new Camaro convertible is finally giving Chevy a model to match that Mustang convertible. The new Camaro, which started hitting dealer showrooms in February, is a beauty—with a sturdy, well-tailored top that deploys in about 16 seconds, a choice of an economical V6 or a honking-big Corvette V8, and surprisingly good handling for a convertible. It's pricey. But if you're looking for a fun car to wheel out on sunny weekends and warm summer evenings, this may be the model for you.
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Interior
Interior
Interior styling is macho and utilitarian, with retro touches such as a bank of four gauges on the center console. A striking option: orange-and-black upholstery, with ambient lighting that glows orange in the dark. A downside: The two-passenger rear seat is cramped.
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Engine/Transmission
Engine/Transmission
The base engine is a 3.6-liter, 312-horsepower V6 that generates 278 lb. ft. of torque. The alternative is a 6.2-liter that generates 426 hp and 420 lb. ft. of torque with the standard six-speed automatic transmission and 400 hp and 410 lb. ft. of torque.
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Convertible Top
Convertible Top
The Camaro's sturdy canvas top retracts at the push of a button in about 16 seconds, leaving 7.85 cu. ft. of trunk space (vs. 10.24 cu. ft. with the top up). A tonneau cover has to be installed manually when the top is down, but it takes only a minute or so to snap it on.
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Performance
Performance
Car and Driver clocked the Camaro SS convertible at 4.9 seconds in accelerating from 0 to 60, 0.3 seconds slower than the hardtop Camaro SS and 0.2 seconds slower than the Mustang GT 5.0 convertible. The V6-powered Camaro does 0 to 60 in a little over 6 seconds.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy
The V8-powered Camaro is rated to get 16 miles per gallon in the city and 25 on the highway with an automatic transmission and 16/24 with a stick shift. With V6 power, the figures rise to 18/29 for an automatic and 17/29 with a stick shift.
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Safety
Safety
The Camaro convertible doesn't yet have government crash-test ratings. Standard safety equipment includes stability and traction control, six months of free OnStar service, front and side air bags in the front seat, and head-protecting, cabin-length side curtain bags.
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Price
Price
The Camaro convertible starts at $30,000 for a V6-powered 1LT ($6,470 more than a hardtop LS Coupe), rising to $40,500 for a V8-powered 2SS ($5,355 more than a hardtop 2SS). The Ford Mustang convertible starts at $27,955 with a V6 and $38,695 with a V8.
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