Camaro Convertible teased on Facebook
Just a few days ago Chevrolet announced a functionally fictional eight-horsepower "increase"--really just a re-rating--of the base Camaro's V-6 engine. Today, they've come with something much more concrete: teaser photos of the upcoming 2012 Camaro Convertible.
The absence of a convertible version was the deciding factor in our controversial 2011 Ford Mustang V-6/2011 Chevrolet Camaro V-6 Paper Challenge, so the addition of the drop-top to the mix should give the Camaro back its edge, if only on paper. Driving dynamics of the topless Camaro are likely to be worse than the coupe's, meaning it'll be even more an image car than its tin-top sibling, particularly compared to the sharpened 2011 Ford Mustang GT.
We've been tracking the development of the Camaro Convertible ever since its debut as a concept car way back in 2008, with the most recent word that the ragtop is due for retail sale around March 2011. It had been due for late 2010, but financial issues with the parent company and at the roof mechanism's supplier pushed things back a few months, leaving the Convertible's debut for a full two years after the hardtop's.
Beyond the photos, we don't have any new info on the Convertible, but along with the power ratings bump for 2011, GM revealed last week that the heads-up display will come standard on the 2LT and 2SS models, which will presumably include the Convertible versions. The limited-run Synergy Green paintjob may find its way onto the open-top pony car as well, as it will be limited to the 1LT trim, but available "across the lineup." As a 2012 model, however, the Convertible may not make it in time for the limited-run paint color.