First Drive: 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
Left Lane News
January 29, 2011
by Mark Elias


General Motors first revealed its new Chevrolet Camaro to public eyes in 2007’s Transformers movie. After that, it took nearly two years to finally bring the real Camaro to market. But the masses still weren’t satisfied. (Are they ever?)

The result was a vehicle that grabbed attention, rekindled memories, and fired up the pony car wars once again. But still, some were left wanting.

So Chevrolet let the clamor build to a crescendo pitch, waiting till just the right moment to release their latest salvo. That salvo, er, vehicle, would be the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible.

When it was introduced in 2009, the Camaro coupe had already been pre-engineered to accommodate a convertible model. The thinking inside GM’s engineering minds was: Why reinvent the wheel? So the propeller heads at the General set out to engineer a vehicle structure that would be stout enough to accommodate all the extra rigmarole that goes into making a convertible.

These included a shock tower brace stretching from strut to strut under the hood, transmission support reinforcement, an underbody tunnel brace and front and rear “V” braces. The result is a Camaro convertible that is nearly as stiff and rigid as its hardtop counterpart, and according to Chevrolet, has more torsional rigidity than the Mustang or the BMW 3-Series.

Leftlane’s bottom line
The Camaro Convertible gives bowtie traditionalists the chance to strut their topless stuff with little in the way of compromise over the coupe version. Additionally, it is a car that will appeal to many others who are outside the fold, but who will still appreciate good automotive design, especially in a convertible.

It still forces more compromises than the similar Ford Mustang, but it offers that “right now” strut and style” that could keep the Camaro tide going.

Why you would buy it:
You need your daily dose of vitamin D, and what better way to do that than with your top off in this season’s hottest droptop.

Why you wouldn’t:
Sniff, sniff. What’s that burning smell? Oh, it’s my scalp!
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