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I was surprised this wasn't posted yet, but here is the AutoWeek article on the new Camaro vert.

There's nothing better than a convertible muscle car

By MARK VAUGHN

AutoWeek | Published 06/25/07, 12:44 pm et
This is not the kind of thing General Motors just does well; it is what GM was made for. The Camaro convertible is so close to the perfect all-American car that it should be in a museum in a glass case marked “Muscle-car americus.”

Yet there it was, not behind glass but sitting on the asphalt with the keys in it, ready to be driven. Anyone who was alive in the ’60s and saw the original Camaros, or saw the Judge or any of the many muscle-car variants of the day, will flip to see this car. Even those with bad backs. And we can legally say “flip” because that’s what we used to do back in the ’60s when we saw one of these. Now a new generation of car lovers, some of whom might not even know they are car lovers until they see one of these, will likewise flip.

“If this Camaro convertible doesn’t make your heart beat faster,” said Chevrolet general manager Ed Peper, “you should see either your optometrist or your cardiologist, because you have a problem.”

We had no problems at all and climbed right into the thing, started it up and drove off.

Now, there was one drawback to all this. The concept was just that—a rickety styling structure—and we were not to exceed 25 mph on pain of death.

We weighed those options: smoky burnout, death. Hmmm.

Okay, we’d drive 25.



While the production Camaro will ride on a new Holden platform with a 6.0-liter, 400-hp LS2 V8 driving the rear wheels through a Tremec T56 six-speed manual, GM was less forthcoming with details about what was under the hood of this concept. The spec sheet said it had a “V8 engine” and didn’t get any more specific. We learned that some mechanicals underneath the convertible concept were Cadillac CTS-V parts, but this wasn’t the complete production-car chassis, by any means.

“The platform’s robust, but the body attachment’s not robust,” said the convertible’s interior designer, Micah Jones, explaining the 25-mph limit.

So, as with most concept-car drives, this experience was more of a rolling look from the driver’s seat than a true driving impression. We were nonetheless impressed.

The interior was large, like those of old American convertibles used to be, and the styling cues were likewise nostalgic. The back seats have practical legroom for real humans and, in fact, held the photographer on our drive, though he was often contorted in weird angles that suffering artists like him use to get the perfect shot.



The exterior takes most of its cues from the ’69 Camaro convertible.

“It has the flavor of the ’69 without redoing it,” said exterior designer Brian Smith. “There are fresh and new surfaces, the line work will remind you of a ’69, but it is all still relevant to today.”

“This car really needs to appeal to a new generation,” added designer Sangyup Lee.

Indeed, the lukewarm reception of the recent Pontiac GTO could be attributed as much to styling, or lack thereof, as to anything else.

Will the Camaro convertible solve all of GM’s numerous problems: financial, pension, stock price, and so on? Yes, of course it will.

So look for a complete GM turnaround starting with the Camaro coupe debut in the first quarter of 2009, followed by GM’s return to dominance with the convertible a year after that.





 

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very cool.....luv the engine bay.

I think this retro look really works, I'd have one in an instance!
 

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i would still take my vette over it but it does look mean:spanked:
 

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I was privileged to drive this beautiful Orange Camaro Convertible Concept at the GM Milford Proving Grounds the end of May. This car is as great as they say. It is a truly exciting car and worthy of the 5th Generation Camaro name. I also rode as a passenger in the back seat with Camaro Chief Engineer Cheryl Pilcher driving and the car does have lots of room and was quite comfortable. Chevrolet is doing this car RIGHT.

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I was privileged to drive this beautiful Orange Camaro Convertible Concept at the GM Milford Proving Grounds the end of May. This car is as great as they say. It is a truly exciting car and worthy of the 5th Generation Camaro name. I also rode as a passenger in the back seat with Camaro Chief Engineer Cheryl Pilcher driving and the car does have lots of room and was quite comfortable. Chevrolet is doing this car RIGHT.

Janet Curran
Call me jealous! I love this new Camaro coming out...curious to see how the build quality/interior is compared to the concept.
 

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They had to wipe my drool off it at Carlisle.:thumbsup:

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