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This Week In Camaros: Z28 Not A Sure Thing, Dealers Get 2011 Convertible Preview

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The Z28 may be GM's most on-again, off-again project of the last several years

The Z28 may be GM's most on-again, off-again project of the last several years

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2007 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Concept

2007 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Concept

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This week's informative GM Fastlane chat session with General Motors VP of Chevrolet Brand Brent Dewar tells us the Camaro Z28 isn't guaranteed for production--contrary to earlier reports--and the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible was shown off to dealers this week, and "will come out soon."

The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro has been a hot seller for GM, and rightfully so--our own Bengt Halvorson drove one just this week and found it a lot of fun, "bitchin'," even, despite its minor downsides.

The Camaro Convertible was thought to be due in March, 2011 launch, according to a May interview with GM spokesman Terry Rhadigan. That makes Dewar's chat comments this week seem like a bit of a change, as over a year can hardly be termed "soon." But that's precisely what Dewar said of the 2011 Convertible's debut. "We gave a sneak peak of the Camaro convertible privately to our dealers this week," wrote Dewar. "We are working on the specific timing but it will come out soon."

When, exactly, the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible will be out is now anybody's guess, but we can hope it might come sometime in 2010. It certainly wouldn't hurt the car's sales, potentially opening it up to a whole new audience, despite the concerns about hearing loss in drop-top cars.

Dewar also said that the Camaro Z28 isn't officially green-lighted for production, but there is "lots of excitement to do it" inside Chevrolet. During September's Frankfurt Auto Show, talk of the Z28 being back on the production path emerged, but nothing official followed from either Chevrolet or GM.

If the Camaro Z28 is built, expect it to feature a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine much like the LSA found in the Cadillac CTS-V. Output should be close to 550 horsepower, yielding Corvette-like performance in a Camaro 2+2 body style--something a lot of people will love.

[GM Fastlane via Motor Authority]

 
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  1. Out of all the muscle cars on the road the Camaro is by far my favorite. I like the idea of a convertible but I dont know if there should be a Camaro convertible.
     
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  2. The only thing more American than a Camaro Convertible is sitting in a Camaro Convertible with a mullet, while wearing an American flag jumpsuit, eating apple pie and listening to Alan Jackson.
     
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  3. I gotta say, this is one car that just doesn't look as great as a convertible... It needs something. And no Z28 isn't the end of the world. I thought GM was done with Z28, Z24, Z51, etc.
     
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  4. Then again, the convertible top addresses the cave-like back seat Bengt mentions...
     
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  5. The front of it is starting to look a little creepy. I suppose it isn't supposed to appeal to women, and it doesn't.
     
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  6. I say if you're going for a muscle car, it should be a convertible.
     
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