Consumer Reports: 2011 Camaro convertible

Mike Quincy @ - My neighbor, who’s an admitted Mopar fan, said to me the other day “Who would have thought that we’d ever again see new versions of muscle cars like the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro?”

He’s got a point. Back in the grim days of the 1970s--when gas prices were high and American-made quality was low--the state of Detroit-based performance cars was indeed bleak. But the current crop of these famed cars is the best ever. For perspective, a 1987 5.0-liter Camaro produced around165 hp. My friends and I thought that was a big deal. Coupled with its direct-shifting six-speed manual transmission, today’s top-level 6.2-liter V8 makes 426 great-sounding hp…and still returns 18 mpg overall in CR’s testing.

We had a chance to spend some time in the new-for-2011 convertible version. Click on the accompanying video below to experience the latest drop-top fun from one of the most legendary models ever to wear a bowtie.

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