Fact file: Chevrolet Camaro convertible
Convertible motoring with coupe handling
- Segment: Sports car
- In the model range since: Autumn 2011
The Chevrolet Camaro convertible has a configuration similar to the coupe, including the suspension system and an enhanced body structure that ensure coupe-like driving fun and precise handling quality.
The top is made of thick, durable canvas and features acoustical headliner material that provides quiet ride when up and incorporates a glass rear window and rear window defogger. It latches with a single, convenient central handle. A folding one-piece tonneau covers the folded top for a finished appearance.
The engines and transmissions used in the convertible are identical to those in the coupe. A 432 hp, 6.2-liter V8 engine generating 569 Nm of torque gives the Camaro the muscle to match its looks. First seen on the 2008 Corvette, this engine features high-flow cylinder heads for impressive low-end torque and strong top-end power. When fitted with the six-speed automatic transmission, it delivers 405 hp/556 Nm and includes GM's fuel-saving Active Fuel Management system, enabling it to cruise on just four of the eight cylinders during light load conditions.
Electronic stability control (GM's StabiliTrak system) and traction control come as standard equipment. Four levels of electronic assistance are available for competitive / sport driving options. The six-speed manual transmission includes Launch Control for consistently quick starts.
The Camaro sits on standard 20-inch wheels, a final touch of design and also a needed feature to transfer the engine torque to stunning forward movement. The wheels are positioned outward and flush with the body, giving the car a planted appearance.
The large, ventilated brake disks (355/365 mm), clamped by four-piston aluminum Brembo calipers, ensure impressive braking performance and are also designed to withstand punishing track day usage. The front suspension uses a multi-link strut arrangement with a double ball-joint configuration. The unique 4.5-link independent rear suspension is double-isolated from the chassis for a smoother, quieter driving experience.
The Camaro offers comprehensive safety features, including dual-stage front airbags, front seat- mounted thorax side airbags and head curtain airbags for front and rear occupants.
The Chevrolet Camaro convertible maintains the front-to-rear body proportions synonymous with the original concept; the design acknowledges its rich past without being trapped in a 'retro' focus.
The trademark V-shaped nose has coupled with the high-intensity discharge headlamps with glowing xenon halo rings, mimicking deep-inset eyes, give the Camaro an aggressive ready-to-pounce stance.
The Camaro's iconic look is evident from the sweeping long hood, with a 10 centimeter power bulge, to the short rear deck and finished off with dual outlet stainless steel exhausts.
The interior of the Camaro presents an organized and functional setting, aimed at making the driver's job easier without losing any of the car's look and feel. The revised instrument panel appearance presents a classic stance with contemporary details, creating a balance between heritage and modernity.
Model year 2013 Camaros come with standard Hill Start Assist on manual transmissions, a seven-inch color touch-screen radio, and new 20-inch wheel designs. Further standard features that are new include electric power steering and a redesigned manual shift knob. Distinctive mojave leather is also offered in the interior on model year 2013 vehicles.
Status: October 2012