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2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible Test Drive

This 2011 review is representative of model years 2010 to 2015.
By Staff of MSN Autos

View Pictures:  2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible

The Camaro SS convertible may well deliver 426 horsepower from its thundering V8, but it sure doesn't feel like it. Perhaps it's the gearing, perhaps it's excessive weigh, but whatever the cause the Camaro can't deliver the acceleration promised by that awesome-sounding engine. The SS does have the impressive handling that comes with modern advances in suspensions and chassis stiffness — even with the convertible top down there are no body shakes to speak of — but there are plenty of echoes of the past for classic Camaro fans. The interior looks old-fashioned, but not in a good way, and the convertible top doesn't look good down unless you get out and fit the tonneau cover. Overall, the Camaro is perhaps a little too much of a throwback to a bygone era. I'm a nostalgic kind of guy, but not that nostalgic. – Paul Hagger

The new Camaro SS has attracted a lot of attention over the past year, and if you want even more attention choose a Camaro convertible in Inferno Orange Metallic with the black-stripe package. Everyone notices this car, but fortunately 99 percent of the reaction is positive, because the new Camaro is the perfect combination of retro-styling cues and modern technology. Despite its sleek 2-door design, the Camaro is a big car and it feels heavy — even with the potent 6.2-liter V8 engine putting out 426 horsepower, it doesn't feel blindingly fast. Maybe it's geared a little tall to achieve the EPA 16-mpg city rating, but I saw only 13.5 mpg while having fun with the 6-speed manual. The Camaro SS convertible is fast and fun to drive, but it leaves me wishing it were lighter and more spry to match its sporty style. – Mike Meredith

I'm not sure which attracts more attention with the Camaro SS convertible, the rumbling exhaust coming from the big V8 or the blinding Inferno Orange Metallic paint job. But it does attract attention of all sorts. While parked in front of a Starbucks, a 12-year-old boy made a beeline for it, and a few minutes later a middle-aged woman was telling her husband she wanted one. The convertible top operates easily, but it seems to take a while getting up and down, and it eats up quite a bit of the already small trunk. Unless you put on the tonneau cover, the fabric flaps a bit in the wind at highway speeds. But the biggest issue with the convertible is the extra 300 pounds (compared to the coupe) it has to haul around. I wouldn't call the SS convertible underpowered by any stretch, but it feels heavy and just doesn't have the performance of the coupe. Which is unfortunate, because it looks sensational, even in Inferno Orange. – Perry Stern

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