2012 Chevy Camaro Convertible: Video Road Test and Review

The Chevrolet Camaro Convertible is a two door four passenger drop top sports car that affords bowtie fans a reasonable amount of style and performance that can be enjoyed with the wind in their hair and sun on their faces.  The General offers the Camaro Convertible in four trim levels starting out with the V6 powered 1LT and 2LT while the 1SS and 2SS benefit from a healthy heaping of pushrods and all American small block power.

The $30,100 base Camaro Convertible 1LT is powered by a 3.6 Liter V6 producing 323 HP and 278 lb-ft of torque and gets 17 MPG in the city and up to 28 MPG on the highway.  Aside from the power retractable hard top with glass rear window, the 1LT rides on a set of 18 inch painted aluminum wheels and comes with a pair of fog lamps molded into the front bumper and a subtle spoiler out back.  On the inside, the driver sits in a six way power adjustable bucket and all occupants can Sirius XM Satellite radio.  The $34,100 2LT is a bit better equipped both inside and out, starting off with a set of Bright Silver painted aluminum alloys measuring 19 inches in diameter and on the inside, Chevrolet has included leather upholstery, a heads up display, a four pack of auxiliary gauges right in front of the shifter, a USB port to connect portable digital music devices as well as a Boston Acoustics premium eight speaker stereo system and Bluetooth wireless hands free connectivity.

Like all Super sport optioned Chevys the convertible 1SS’s biggest upgrade comes under the hood in the form of a 6.2 Liter V8 engine pumping out a ground pounding 426 HP and 420 lb-ft of torque through a six speed manual and then a limited slip differential, getting an estimated16 MPG around town and a very reasonable 24 MPG at speed.  However all automatic transmission equipped SSs get a 400 HP 6.0 Liter V8 that gets a few more MPG.  The 1SS sits on a set of 20 inch Bright Silver painted rims housing oversized Brembo brakes and aside from the subtle hood scoop shows off the bespoke SS badging; starting at $37,900.  The top of the line Camaro 2SS gets all the go fast goodies as the 1SS, as well as all the fancy items that came packaged with the 2LT, bringing the asking price up to $40,600.

A list of similar cars to the Camaro Convertible include the 2012 Audi A5 Cabrio, 2012 Ford Mustang Convertible and 2012 Infiniti G37 Convertible.

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