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2011 Chevrolet Camaro RS V6 Convertible Review & Test Drive 20
Jul
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2011 Chevy Camaro Convertible, Automotive, Camaro, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, featured, Test Drives on 07 20th, 2011

When it comes to having fun in the sun in an iconic muscle car you only have a few choices. One choice that is now available is the all-new Chevrolet Camaro RS V6 Convertible.

The new 2011 Chevrolet Camaro continues to be a hit considering how it outsold the Mustang in 2010, according to early 2011 sales figures. To further compel consumers that the Camaro means business, a new convertible model has been introduced for 2011 featuring virtually all of the sporty looks of the new Camaro , while letting your hair blow in the wind.

Much has changed since the last Camaro convertible in 2002. The new Camaro convertible has refinement and a sporty appeal yet still infuses an iconic heritage that has been a part of the Camaro since its introduction as a 1967 pony car.

The all-new 2011 Camaro Convertible has a smooth contoured top that carries over the coupe’s stylish looks. Advanced engineering applied to the convertible preserves many of the good handling and ride characteristics of the coupe without making things soft. Even in the Camaro V6 convertible, the Camaro does not lose its proper place among true American pony cars.

Noise and vibration issues where nonexistent in my convertible Camaro test vehicle. This demonstrated many of the additional reinforcements put in place to make the convertible rigid and quite capable on local twisty roads. The optional 20-inch wheels and meaty tires, 245/40 front 275/30 rear Pirelli P-Zero rubber, found on my RS package equipped Camaro convertible not only added to the stunning looks but helped keep the drop-top pony car planted to the road in the corners.

My new Camaro RS V6 convertible 2LT-trimed test vehicle was equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic that isn’t afraid to let the throaty V6 rev all the way to redline using all available 312 horsepower. The optional heads-up display, virtually identical to the Corvette’s system, keeps the driver informed of shifts especially when you are using the steering wheel mounted shift controls in manual shift mode. Although the V6 Camaro convertible is not as quick as the Camaro SS V8 convertible, it is no slouch when pushed to the limit.

The new Camaro V6 convertible gets a respectable EPA estimated 18mpg city and 29mpg highway, same as the coupe which is 254 pounds lighter than the convertible.

The new Camaro convertible’s power soft-top takes about 20 seconds to open or close and built in partnership with the same manufacturer as the Corvette convertible top. Ambient road noise transmits into the cabin with the top up, which is somewhat expected on soft-top convertibles. The top, however, does give you the option to place a folding one-piece tonneau cover on the top when it is down to give it a complete look. The cover is stored in the trunk when not in use. This can be rather annoying when you are on the go and need to quickly close the top.  Not to mention, the tonneau cover will fly off on the highway if you do not take an extra minute to secure the cover in place. Over all the top is easy to use and can be easily secured in place , up or down, in a matter of seconds.

The new Camaro convertible V6 with the RS package has an excellent interior with supportive seats. The 4-person seating area is only formidable when you have someone well over 6-feet tall in the front seat taking any usable legroom away from the rear-seat occupants. Otherwise, the rear seating is usable and considerably exciting at highway speeds with the top down.

The new heads-up display proves to be an excellent addition to the Camaro convertible keeping the driver’s eyes planted on the road. Clear and large controls on the dashboard are also another well-thought-of part of the Camaro’s interior. The layout remains to be virtually identical to the Camaro coupe in all trim levels even down to the 4-gauge auxiliary cluster pods.

There are not many cars that look as good as the new Camaro topless. For a price starting at just $29,275, the all-new 2011 Camaro V6 convertible packs in new-age retro styling wrapped up in a stunning economical drop-top American pony car package. My test vehicle had an as-tested price of $36,185 including the RS package (20-inch flangeless painted-aluminum wheels with Midnight Silver finish, High Intensity Discharge headlamps with integral LED halo rings, unique tail lamps, and rear spoiler).

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Copyright: 2011 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Camaro Convertible MSRP $29,275 As-Tested Camaro RS V6 (2LT) Convertible $36,185
  • Engine: 3.6-liter direct injection V6 312 horsepower @ 6500 rpm / 278 ft-lbs. torque @ 5100 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 112.3in.
  • Total length: 190.4in.
  • Total width: 75.5in.
  • Total height: 54.7in.
  • Track: f/r-63.7/63.7in.
  • Headroom: f/r-37.8/35.7in.
  • Legroom: f/r-42.4/29.9in.
  • Cargo volume: 10.2cu.ft.
  • 0-60mph: 6.1 seconds
  • EPA mileage est.: 18 mpg city / 29 mpg highway
  • Fuel tank: 19.0 gallons
  • Curb weight: 3,995 lbs.


Video: Jay Leno Forms His Own Opinion of 2011 Hennessey HPE600 Camaro Convertible 6
Jun
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, Hennessey, Hennessey HPE600 Camaro Convertible, Hennessey Performance, Tuners, video on 06 6th, 2011

It is no doubt that John Hennessey and his team get some amazing horsepower figures from some of their intricate tuning of the finest automotive machines directly out of the production factory. Jay Leno invites John down to his garage for another visit only this time he brings 602 horsepower packed under the hood of a new Chevrolet Camaro Convertible. Check out the drop-top fun that Jay has with this beast below!

[source: Jay Leno’s Garage]



Hennessey HPE600 Revealed (Video) 9
Mar
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Camaro SS, Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, Hennessey, Hennessey HPE600, Hennessey Performance on 03 9th, 2011

Hennessey Performance has unveiled their new Hennessey HPE600. This is a new tuning package for the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible. HPE600 is a model that appears virtually the same as that of Camaro SS. However, it features individually numbered plaque, special floor mats, and embroidered headrests in the interior.

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The car has got a TVS2300 supercharger, high-flow fuel injectors, a cold air induction system, a recalibrated ECU as well as a sport exhaust system. It comes with a 6.2-liter V8. The engine churns out 602 hp (449 kW / 610 PS) and 605 lb-ft (819 Nm) of torque. This makes the auto capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. It offers speed of covering quarter mile in 12.0 seconds at 118 mph (190 km/h).

The Hennessey HPE600 comes with a price starting from $15,995 (€11,470).Customers can add a variety of options such as carbon fiber body kit, an adjustable KW coilover suspension, and 20-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport or Pirelli P-Zero tires as well.

Check out the video too.



2011 Hennessey HPE700 Camaro Convertible Revealed w/755HP 8
Oct
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, featured, Hennessey, Tuners on 10 8th, 2010

John Hennessey and his crew never stop tuning the latest offerings from General Motors and this time they choose to reveal the Hennessey HPE700 Camaro Convertible sporting 755 horsepower. Just like the previous HPE700 Camaro coupe, the new convertible features a ‘CarbonAero’ body kit, 20-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires and the Corvette ZR1’s LS9 engine under the hood.

To push the HPE700 Camaro over the normal ZR1 power numbers, Hennessey upgraded it with a cold-air induction system, upgraded pulleys, and high-flow fuel injectors. Usually this kind of stuff does the trick for such a beast-of-a-motor. Not to mention, the other upgrades include adjustable coil-over suspension, upgraded sway bars and a Brembo braking system with 15-inch rotors.

The output of the HPE700 Camaro Convertible V8 enigine is 755hp and 763 foot-pounds of torque. The HPE700 Camaro Coupe already could acceleration from 0 to 60mph in 3.3 seconds and run the quarter mile in 10.9 seconds at 130mph.  Hopefully the convertible version will be close to those figures.


755HP 2011 HPE700 LS9 Camaro Press Release

The 755HP 2011 HPE700 LS9 Camaro

Limited Edition: Only 24 to be Built for 2011 Model Year
Now Available in Hardtop and Convertible

Power:
755 bhp @ 6,400 rpm
763 lb-ft Torque @ 3,200 rpm

Performance (Hardtop):
• 0 – 60 mph: 3.3 sec*
• 1/4 mile: 10.9 @ 130 mph*
• Skidpad: 1.01 g
• 60 – 0 mph braking: 104 ft.
* with optional Nitto Drag Radial tires

Camaro HPE700 Package Includes:
• Base 2011 Camaro SS with 6-speed Manual Transmission (convertible or hardtop)
• LS9 6.2L Supercharged Engine with Intercooler
• HPE Cold Air Induction
• Supercharger Pulley Upgrade
• High-Flow Fuel Injectors
• Fuel System Upgrade
• Intercooler System Upgrade
• CarbonAeroTM Bodywork: Front Splitter, Rear Bumper Diffuser & Side Rocker Panels
• Long Tube Stainless Steel Headers
• HPE Extreme Duty Clutch & Flywheel Upgrade
• HPE Race Shift Knob and Short Throw Shifter Upgrade
• HPE Light Weight Alloy Wheels
• 20 x 11 inch (rear); 20 x 9.5 inch (front)
• Pirelli P-Zero Tires, 275/35-YR20 (front); 305/35-YR20 (rear)
• Brembo Front Brake Upgrade: 6-Piston Calipers with Light Weight 15 inch Cross-Drilled Rotors
• Brembo Rear Brake Upgrade: 4-Piston Calipers with 15 inch Light Weight Rotors
• KW / HPE Variant 3 Adjustable Coil-Over Suspension Upgrade
• KW / HPE Front & Rear Sway Bar Upgrades
• Painted Hockey Stick Side Stripe with LS9 logo
• Hennessey Embroidered Head Rests & Floor Mats
• Limited Edition HPE700 Dash Plaque & Hood Plaque
• HPE700 & Hennessey Logos Painted on Rear Deck Lid
• Hennessey Letter of Authenticity
• HPE700 buyers will also receive a 1-day performance driving course at Lonestar Motorsports Park – a 1/4 mile dragstrip facility located adjacent to Hennessey’s 30,000 square foot production facility
and showroom.

[source: Hennessey]



2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible to Debut at LA Auto Show / On Sale in February 4
Oct
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, Chevrolet Camaro SS, featured, News on 10 4th, 2010

The new 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible has been confirmed to debut at the LA Auto Show and then go on sale in February 2011. Introducing the Camaro Convertible in February will give GM an opportunity to move several units for those consumers who want to let the top down in the upcoming spring and summer time. A 312 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 (RS-base) and 426 horsepower 6.2-liter V8 (SS) will be offered in the Convertible.

Pricing for the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible will start at $30,000 which is about $7,000 north of the starting price of the coupe. More details will be revealed at the time of the LA Auto Show around November 17th.



2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Press Release

Opening Soon: 2011 Camaro Convertible

DETROIT – The 21st century rebirth of the Chevrolet Camaro opens a new chapter when the 2011 Camaro Convertible premieres at the Los Angeles International Auto Show on Nov. 17.

The Camaro Convertible will arrive in Chevrolet showrooms in February 2011. Starting price will be $30,000, including $850 destination. (Full details will be released later this year.)

“The Convertible will make the all-new Camaro, already a smash-hit, even more desirable to a greater range of drivers,” says Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing.

The Convertible model will be available in the same basic model offering as the Camaro Coupe. The standard model will have a 312-hp Direct Injection V6 engine featuring 29 miles per gallon on the highway. The SS model will feature the 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 426 hp. A six-speed manual transmission will be standard, with an optional six-speed automatic.

Camaro is America’s most popular sports car, seizing leadership in U.S. sales with the coupe model that launched in spring of 2009 as a 2010 model. The right to purchase one of the first Convertibles was recently sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction for $205,000, with all proceeds donated to charity.

[source: GM]







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