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Exceptional Top Refinement
At the outset, designers and
engineers sought to eliminate the common appearance of convertible top support
ribs and they succeeded, using composite knuckles rather than aluminum ones, as
well as extending the top material below the belt line and revising the top's
stitch lines. The result is a top that has a smooth, taut and carefully tailored
appearance that also retains the sleek roofline of the coupe.
power-folding top retracts in about 20 seconds. It is built in partnership with
the same manufacturer as the Corvette Convertible top, and operates in a similar
manner. That means it folds in a simple "Z" pattern and latches with a single,
convenient handle located at the center of the windshield header.
the latch is turned to the open position, the push of a single button lowers the
windows and activates the top. The car doesn't have to be parked for the top to
be activated, allowing for spur-of-the-moment lowering while stopped at a
The top is made of thick, durable canvas and it features
acoustical headliner material that provides a quiet, coupe-like ride when the
top is up. It also incorporates a glass rear window and rear window defogger.
A folding, one-piece tonneau cover is standard on 2LT and 2SS models and
optional on 1LT/1SS. It covers the folded top for a finished appearance. An
accessory windscreen is available from Chevrolet dealers. It installs behind the
front seats to limit wind buffeting when driving with the top down.
Two 6.2L V-8 engines are offered in Camaro SS Convertible
models, including the L99 on automatic-equipped vehicles and the LS3 on
manual-equipped models. Both engines are derived from the LS3 that debuted on
the 2008 Corvette, with an aluminum block (with cast iron cylinder liners) and
aluminum cylinder heads. Horsepower for the L99 is 400 and torque is 410 lb-ft.
The LS3 develops 426 horsepower and 420 lb-ft.
The L99 features the
fuel-saving Active Fuel Management System, which saves fuel by shutting down
half of the engine's cylinders during certain light-load driving conditions,
such as highway cruising.
All Camaro SS models can be equipped with
either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. A Tremec TR 6060
six-speed manual is standard on the Camaro SS Convertible, and the Hydra-Matic
6L80 six-speed automatic is optional.
of fine details distinguish Camaro Convertible models, including:
- The OnStar/XM/AM-FM radio antenna moves to the deck lid on LT models
without the RS package
- The radio antenna is embedded in the rear spoiler on RS-equipped LT and
- The trunk lock cylinder is moved to the rear seat area for a cleaner
- A new subwoofer design is located in the trunk between the rear seats.
Because the combined OnStar/XM/AM-FM radio antenna is mounted on the roof of
coupe models, it had to be relocated on the convertible. On RS-equipped LT
models and SS models, which include a rear spoiler, a small "shark fin" OnStar/XM
antenna is mounted on the deck lid, while the AM/FM radio antenna is hidden
inside the rear spoiler. This patent-pending design creates a sleeker
appearance. For LT models without a rear spoiler (without the RS package), the
combined antenna is located in the center of the deck lid.
of the trunk lock cylinder also cleans up the Camaro convertible's appearance,
moving from the panel between the taillamps to a discreet area between the rear
seat back cushion and driver's side interior panel. The change retains full,
lockable access to the trunk, with the keyless remote fob also offering easy
Finally, the subwoofer - either an eight-inch unit with the
base sound system or a 10-inch subwoofer with the available Boston Acoustics
system - is relocated from the trunk to an area between the rear seat cushions.
Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible: Photo Gallery, Review (1/2) and Specifications