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"I don't know what the world may need, but a V-8 engine is a good start for me."

Those immortal words were penned by 90s rock band Cracker, and it's hard not to think of them when plying a sun-soaked mountain road in Southern California while behind the wheel of a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible.

The Camaro Convertible doesn't change much from the coupe, beyond the dropped top and the adjustments that are necessary when the roof goes from fixed to convertible. And for fans of the Camaro coupe, that's a good thing.

The engine and transmission line-up is unchanged from that of the coupe, meaning that the 6.2-liter V-8 still has 426 horsepower with the manual transmission and 400 with the automatic, and the V-6 has 312 horsepower, regardless of transmission.

Besides the convertible top, there are other changes. For example, the radio antenna is integrated into the rear spoiler (a "shark fin" antenna adorns the trunk for OnStar and satellite radio). The subwoofer moves from the...

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