2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible revealed – development [part 1]

After years of teasing, Chevrolet has officially unveiled the 2011 Camaro Convertible ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. On sale in February, the drop top remains pretty faithful to the coupe’s design but the trunk lock cylinder has been moved to the rear seat area (for a cleaner exterior appearance) and the antenna is relocated to the deck lid. As for the top itself, it’s made out of a durable canvas material and features an acoustic headliner as well as a glass rear window with a defogger. When the single-locking latch is opened, the top can be lowered in approximately 20 seconds with a push of a button. Sadly, luggage capacity drops to 10.24 cu ft (290 liters) and decreases to 7.85 cu ft (222 liters) when the roof is lowered. To ensure the chassis remains solid, engineers installed a strut tower brace, underbody “V” braces, and a transmission support bracket. Furthermore, additional structural reinforcements were added to eliminate cowl shake. Thanks to these modifications, the Camaro has better torsional stiffness than the BMW 3-Series convertible. Like the coupe, the convertible is available with three engines. The entry-level 3.6-liter V6 produces 312 hp (232 kW) and 278 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. It carries an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 17 mpg city / 29 mpg highway (manual) and 18 mpg city / 29 mpg highway (automatic). If that sounds a little weak, the 6.2-liter L99 V8 churns out 400 hp (298 kW) and 410 lb-ft (556 Nm) of torque. It is

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