Review: 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible
Left Lane News
June 23, 2011
by Andrew Ganz
With the top down, the Camaro makes the most of its huge haunches and gargantuan five-spoke RS-package alloy wheels. Compared to the sedan squished greenhouse, the Convertible’s proportions are spot on spectacular. Hunkered and ready to prowl, the Camaro Convertible is nothing short of unique – especially in Inferno Orange with optional ($470) black stripes as seen in our tester.
Its details don’t vary much from the coupe, which means that the front fascia is designed to recall the first generation Camaros, while side scalloping just fore of the rear wheel arches is supposed to make you think specifically of the ’69 model. And that’s a point Chevrolet really wanted to make back in May when it used a white and orange Camaro SS Convertible to set the pace at the Indianapolis 500. Looking just like the Camaro that paced the ’69 race, the 2011 version was lacking only the distinctive houndstooth upholstery.
Regardless of top type, we’re still not totally sold on the Camaro’s big butt, which seems a little fussy in its details compared to the Dodge Challenger. But at least it’s distinctive, especially with its 275/40-20 tires wrapped around nine-inch-wide rear wheels.
With its top raised, the convertible’s roofline follows that of its hardtop brother – an impressive feat. In fact, it rather looks like a Camaro with a bad toupee, if that can be construed as a good thing.
Full article at link.Leftlane’s bottom line
Infinitely more appealing with its top peeled back, the Camaro almost seems reborn as a convertible. In SS garb, it packs the motivation – and the exhaust growl – to harken back to the ’60s, but its rock solid structure and composed ride are positively 2011.
This summer’s cool cruiser has arrived.