New Camaro Ragtop Concept

May 11th, 2007

Car companies that show off future production vehicles years ahead of their showroom debut often struggle to keep the initial fires of interest burning. A case in point is the new Camaro concept - it broke cover at last year’s North American International Auto Show to rave reviews. To hardly anyone’s surprise, the car was approved for production, but won’t actually be available until late 2008.

So what does Chevy do to continue to generate interest in the new model until it hits showrooms? Cut off the top! One year after the coupe made its splashy entrance, the convertible is due to be unveiled at the ‘07 NAIAS in Detroit.

Images leaked onto the internet show a striking version of the new pony car, dressed in Hugger Orange paint with dark charcoal Rally stripes. The wheels are 21- and 22-inchers, with painted spokes that lend a nostalgic look while still being modern.

No word yet on what engine powers the convertible prototype, but we would guess it’s LS2 based and makes something around 400 horsepower. Like the coupe, the ragtop uses a 6-speed manual trans and has an independent rear suspension.

Once the car is officially shown in Detroit, we’ll update this piece with more images and specifics.

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