(from General Motors
Press Release) The Chevrolet Camaro concept was the
celebrated star of the 2006 auto show season. You can only top that
by literally and figuratively blowing the top off. That’s exactly
what GM’s designers and engineers did to create the Camaro
convertible concept. The introduction of the Camaro convertible
concept was on the eve of the North American International Auto Show
at GM Style, an exclusive, fashion-splashed event combining
celebrities, couture and automobiles.
The Camaro convertible concept, wrapped in Hugger Orange pearl
tri-coat paint with twin gunmetal gray sport stripes, is based on
the original Camaro concept, with only minor changes required to
accommodate the convertible body style.
“The best follow-up to last year’s award-winning Camaro concept is a
Camaro convertible,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president, global
design. “The Camaro convertible concept instantly evokes an
emotional response – it’s a vehicle that you want to make room for
in your garage.”
The Camaro convertible concept embodies strong heritage while
appealing to a new generation of customers who seek a distinctive
statement in a new car.
“For some of us, an emotional bond was formed when we introduced the
Camaro coupe last year,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager.
“It is magnificent. But now this year, if this Camaro convertible
doesn’t make your heart beat faster, you should see either your
optometrist or your cardiologist, because you have a problem.”
Chevrolet already has announced production plans for the Camaro,
which will go on sale in 2009. A production convertible model will
be added later that year.
Like the Camaro concept
vehicle, the Camaro convertible concept blends a dramatic,
forward-looking design that is mindful of the brand’s storied
heritage. That design includes classic long hood/short deck
proportions and a wide, wheels-at-the-corners stance that gives the
vehicle the look of hugging corners even when stationary.
The Camaro convertible concept is motivated by a torquey V-8 engine
that rightly sends power to the rear wheels via a manual
transmission. It also features a four-wheel independent suspension
system and four-wheel disc brakes.
“There is an undeniably fun spirit with the Camaro convertible
concept,” said Peper. “The promise of fun made by the convertible
top is reinforced with the Camaro’s ‘let’s go’ stance – it’s a car
that begs to be driven.”
The Camaro convertible concept shares exterior dimensions with the
Camaro concept, although the convertible concept’s windshield
surround, which features a bright anodized finish, is changed
slightly to accommodate the convertible top.
Additional design details include:
Tonneau cover over
the folded top
Rear spoiler with
scoop, inspired by the Corvette Z06
rear fender “gills”
Bold 21-inch (front)
and 22-inch (rear) wheels, with accent color
The Camaro convertible
concept’s Hugger Orange pearl tri-coat color is a contemporary
update of the classic hue, which was originally offered in 1969. It
is complemented with twin gunmetal gray sport stripes. The modern
interpretation of the classic color and its dark accent stripes
simultaneously reflect the Camaro’s heritage and deliver a deep,
lustrous and thoroughly contemporary appearance.
The Camaro convertible concept rides on 21-inch front wheels and
22-inch rear wheels. The wheels have a deep-dish, five-spoke design
and feature charcoal center sections with bright outer edges and a
red outline on the wheel edge. The charcoal wheels complement the
gunmetal gray stripes on the body.
Inside, the Camaro
convertible features a simple yet purposeful interior that reflects
design elements inspired by the muscle car era, including the
first-generation Camaro. A new, light-and-dark color scheme enhances
the airy feel of the convertible, particularly when the top is
The seats’ fronts feature platinum-tone leather surrounding
suede-like Alcantara® inserts, with black, sculpted seatbacks. The
use of light color only on the seating surface is reminiscent of
vintage houndstooth interiors, while a matching, tri-coat platinum
paint is used to accent the door panels and instrument panel, giving
a modern, bold feel to the interior.
“The light-on-dark interior coloring makes a strong statement that
conveys the spirit of freedom and fun that is embodied by a Camaro
convertible,” said Micah Jones, interior designer.
As with the Camaro coupe concept, the convertible concept features
an instrument panel inspired by first-generation Camaros, including
an intricate “round-gauges-in-square-holes” design. The gauges have
a deep, three-dimensional appearance, with white faces and red
“The instrument panel – including the four auxiliary gauges mounted
in front of the shifter – pays homage to first-generation Camaros,
while achieving a modern appearance through its refined integration
of components,” said Jones.
Craftsmanship and attention to detail are evidenced throughout the
interior, including the smoke satin aluminum finish on trim plates,
vents, seat handles and safety belt buckles. The shifter and pedals
are made of billet aluminum. The steering wheel has a detailed,
deep-dish three-spoke design and the front seats are hinged at the
center – rather than the sides – for an integrated appearance. A
separate ignition button is used to start the engine and the
speedometer and tachometer needles complete full-sweep indexing when
the engine rumbles to life.
A “spine” motif runs through the center of the vehicle and on the
seatbacks, including a prominent center console that stretches to
the rear seat. The spine reinforces the symmetry of the Camaro
convertible, as well as its precision.
An attainable icon
The original Camaro was
introduced to the Baby Boomer generation, a large group of young,
individualistic and mobile Americans that drove fundamental changes
in the auto industry. The Camaro was personal, sporty and powerful –
attributes that were typically found on more expensive, smaller and,
often, foreign sports cars. The Camaro represented a real life-sized
sporty car that was attainable for just about everyone. An almost
endless list of optional features, colors and trim combinations
ensured owners could tailor their Camaro to their exact taste.
As Boomers transitioned into larger vehicles to accommodate growing
families, younger drivers embraced used Camaros as their first cars,
and third- and fourth-generations of the Camaro continued to deliver
affordable fun and performance to a new generation of enthusiasts.
Indeed, hundreds of thousands of owners of all walks of life have
found driving fun in a Camaro during the past 40 years.
The new Camaro concepts draw on their namesakes’ heritage, but also
the global, youthful influences of the 21 st century. These
influences are seen in the Camaro convertible concept’s bold
proportions, tailored wheel-to-body relationship and detailed
interior – including the multi-dimensional instruments. It’s a
design that resonates with a generation of younger car buyers
influenced by highly stylized “tuner” cars and import sports cars.
“Youthful buyers want a car that makes a statement in its design as
much as its performance,” said Brian Smith, exterior designer. “The
new Camaro concepts bridge heritage with contemporary style, with a
design that is simultaneously admired among import-influenced youth
and traditional enthusiasts.”
Along with style and performance, the timeless spirit of fun is
woven into the new Camaro concepts.
“Camaro has always represented the American ethic that style and
performance don’t belong exclusively to the wealthy,” said Smith.
“Camaro has always been everybody’s sports car, and these new
concepts demonstrate its spirit is relevant for a new generation.”
|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 /
||V-8 engine with manual
MacPherson strut front, multilink rear, progressive rate
coil springs, gas-pressurized dampers
||four-wheel disc, 14-in
rotors with four-piston calipers
||cast aluminum; 21-in front,
||275/30R21 front, 305/30R22