2011 Camaro Convertible is officially here

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The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible is officially here. General Motors just released full details of the topless muscle car, which will make its premiere at the LA Auto Show this week and go on sale in February of 2011.

“The launch of the new convertible opens Camaro design and performance to a new set of potential customers,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. “The 21st century revival of Camaro is tremendously popular, so it’s a natural to now expand and elevate the product range in new directions.”

The convertible model will be offered in similar trims as the Camaro coupe. The standard model will have a 312-horsepower direct injection V-6 engine delivering 29 mpg highway. And while the Ss model will feature the 6.2L V-8 engine producing 426 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission will be standard, with an optional six-speed automatic.

The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible went through a considerable amount of reinforcement to handle with the reduction of structural rigidity due to the shaved roof. This includes adding a transmission support reinforcement brace, transmission tunnel and strut towers, and front and rear underbody “V” braces. Gm claims that the Camaro Convertible has better torsional rigidity than the Bmw 3 Series Convertible.

“Our goal in development was to make the convertible match the coupe as closely as possible in ride quality, handling and overall performance,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer.

All 2011 Camaro Convertible models can be equipped with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Gm claims that the top retracts in about 20 seconds, which is the similar mechanism in the Corvette convertible top. And as for the pricing, the 2011 Camaro Convertible will be available in V6 trim will start at about $30,000, not including $850 destination charges.