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Tran 01-04-2007 01:47 PM

Official 2010 Camaro convertible concept pics!!
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If showing a Camaro convertible concept at the 2007 Detroit show seems obvious, that's only from your armchair.

It may not be so obvious as it is necessary. Chevy will launch the Camaro coupe in late 2008 as a 2009 model; then to battle the other Ford Mustang body style, it'll launch the Camaro convertible about spring of 2009.

As the concept makes the rounds of car shows following its Detroit debut, GM Australia ishard at work on the production car. Expect thicker sills and tunnels and added cross-bracing to give the convertible's unibody coupelike stiffness.

The convertible concept has charcoal SS stripes over a lustrous Hugger orange paint job-the stripes are so dark they appear black under certain light. You might think of the 1969 Camaro RS/SS Indy 500 official pace car, which has orange stripes on a white body.

The two back seats are about six inches closer together to make room for the tonneau cover. As in last year's coupe, the front seat tracks are on the center console and on the rocker panels instead of the floor for better rear-seat foot space. Circular gauges in square frames seem certain for production. The large, round gauges now are white-faced, with black chrome numbers and a red anodized needle, for more clarity, versus the coupe's turned-aluminum face with chrome numbers.

There's a blue glow circling the convertible's gauges, and the only reference inside to the orange paint is the seat stitching. The deep-dish three-spoke steering wheel and Rallye Pack-inspired four-pack gauge cluster at the base of the floor console, fortunately, return. The six-speed manual's gearshift looks like a piece of sculpture, and the chromeseatbelt buckles are designed to look like the iconic belt buckles in late 1960s GM cars.

The convertible concept has last year's ram-air 6.0-liter LS2 engine, rated 400 horsepower and with Active Displacement Management and an exhaust note that makes a sensuous, throaty burble. Built on the next-generation Holden/ Zeta architecture, the car has independent rear suspension. It's likely the base engine will be the DOHC 3.6-liter V-6, not the 3.9-liter pushrod V-6.

The best news is, size the tires down to a "normal" 18 or 19 inches, and you're looking at the convertible you're likely to find in dealerships in 2009. Stay tuned for our full story on the Camaro Convertible concept coming soon to and the upcoming March issue of Motor Trend.


Tonneau cover over the folded top
"Halo" headlamps
LED taillamps
Rear spoiler with LED-lit CHMSL
Racing-inspired fuel filler door
Front-inlet hood scoop, inspired by the Corvette Z06
Heritage-inspired rear fender "gills"
Anodized aluminum door handles
21-inch (front) and 22-inch (rear) wheels, with accent color


Vehicle type: two-door, four-passenger rear-wheel-drive convertible
Wheelbase (in / mm): 110.5 / 2806
Length (in / mm): 186.2 / 4730
Width (in / mm): 79.6 / 2022
Height (in / mm): 53 / 1344
Track (in / mm): 63.8 / 1620 front; 63.3 / 1607 rear
Powertrain: V-8 engine with manual transmission
Suspension: four-wheel independent: MacPherson strut front, multilink rear, progressive rate coil springs, gas-pressurized dampers
Brakes: four-wheel disc, 14-in rotors with four-piston calipers
Wheels: cast aluminum; 21-in front, 22-in rear
Tires: 275/30R21 front, 305/30R22 rear

Tran 01-04-2007 01:56 PM

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Urthman 01-04-2007 01:57 PM

OH MAN!!!!!!!

I thought for sure I was going to get the coupe....but there's no way now.

I have to get a convertible.

OverAnxious 01-04-2007 02:08 PM

WOW - nice colors - down to the redline tires - looks great :cool:

Casull 01-04-2007 02:25 PM

Have to say I love that interior coloring. It is amazing what changing one color can do.

However, I am a bit disappointed in that I expected to see a bit more production ready-ness in this version.

TAG UR IT 01-04-2007 02:25 PM

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OverAnxious 01-04-2007 02:33 PM

So, are these officially released or pirated?
I thought they weren't released until after the GM party on Saturday :cool:

PonyTech 01-04-2007 03:01 PM

What a beauty of a car!! Thanks for the pics.

Bruno 01-04-2007 03:21 PM


Originally Posted by OverAnxious (Post 4267)
WOW - nice colors - down to the redline tires - looks great :cool:

I agree 1000%. Can anyone remember any car manufacturer that has ever released a convertible concept after the coupe concept, but BEFORE the coupe hit production? I can't.

OverAnxious 01-04-2007 03:28 PM


Originally Posted by Bruno (Post 4277)
I agree 1000%. Can anyone remember any car manufacturer that has ever released a convertible concept after the coupe concept, but BEFORE the coupe hit production? I can't.

Not a concept, but did that happen with the C5 Corvette Convertible?

Hyperknight 01-04-2007 03:39 PM

Sweet merciful crap that is sweet. I NEED this car.

alleykt123 01-04-2007 03:39 PM


Originally Posted by TAG UR IT (Post 4270)
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RickAz28 01-04-2007 03:41 PM

absolutely beautiful
If the Chevy dealer will take my check for $1000.00 non-returnable to order mine today, I would do it.
They won't of course BUT the gen 5 Camaro will be my fifth Camaro.

Did anyone notice that the shifter is gated?
The last time I saw that on any (quasi) American car was the DeTomaso Pantera. What a great touch!!
The dash, as we all know, is magnificent. Check out the mini rear spoiler-that was not there in 2006!
High Performance orange? What a treat! White interior-very sexy!

To the boys in that Ontario plant-fix it, retool, let's get cookin'

bbqz28 01-04-2007 04:04 PM

I want that same car but with a hardtop and black interior.

IToldYouSo 01-04-2007 04:14 PM

i like the 2 tone leather. its good to see gm doing something a little more "in your face" than just stickin to the plain old stuff. the painted lip of the rim is a very nice touch. that colors not too bad looking either and it looks sweet with the stripes.

KILLER74Z28 01-04-2007 04:57 PM

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Concept - Auto Shows
Well, whaddya know? After last year's Camaro Coupe concept, along comes the convertible.
BY HOWARD WALKER, December 2006

It didn’t take a rocket scientist, or the brain power of that guy who kept winning Jeopardy, to deduce that GM would follow-up its much-praised Chevy Camaro Coupe concept with a ragtop version.

The production Camaro is still more than a year away, so to keep interest in the company’s pony car strong, this drop-top concept will take center stage on GM’s Texas-sized display at the Detroit auto show.

To our eyes, chopping the top makes the Camaro look even more smokin’ than before. While the coupe was cool, this has cruisin’ down Pacific Coast Highway written all over it. You can bet GM CEO Rick Wagoner already has the keys for next summer’s Woodward Dream Cruise.

2007 North American International Auto Show Coverage

The conversion from coupe to convertible may look like a simple chop-job, it involved modifying most of the bodywork aft of the doors so as to make space for a folding roof. The windshield was also re-jigged—it’s higher in the middle and lower at the corners—and features a shiny billet-aluminum frame.

Designer Brian Smith says he envisages a simple cloth top with a glass rear window and small quarter side-glasses. But, for the concept, there’s no actual top beneath that leather-covered, rear-hinged hard tonneau, so bring your rain poncho.

To tie-in with the original ’69 Camaro convertible, the concept gets a paint job in eye-poppin’ Hugger Orange pearl tri-coat with twin gunmetal-gray stripes. Check out the thin, orange pin-striping around the rims of the wheels to echo the look of the old Redline tires.

Inside, there’s a new black and white color scheme. The seats are trimmed in Saturday Night Fever-style white leather with white Alcantara faux-suede inserts, while the instruments get new white faces with cool blue neon rings. Interior designer Micah Jones had to rework the rear seats to make room for the top folding mechanism, which meant ditching the rear section of the center console from last year’s coupe concept.

Apart from those show-car 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels and some embellished trim and interior bits, what you see here is pretty much what you’ll get when the Camaro convertible hits showrooms in 2010, a year after the coupe. Those who’ve seen the production versions in the hallowed halls of GM Design say both coupe and convertible stay amazingly true to the concepts.

Under the skin, the new Camaro will ride on a version of GM’s Global Rear Drive platform—known internally as Zeta—developed by GM’s Aussie Holden division. It features a four-link independent rear end which should give the Camaro a handling edge over the live-axle Mustang. Expect V-6 and V-8 power and a starting price around $25k. We’re drooling already.

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