DETROIT â€“ Chevroletâ€™s Camaro Convertible concept, to be unveiled for the automotive press here Saturday, wonâ€™t stay a concept for long, asCorp. plans to build the pop-top variant for â€™09.
The car will be revealed at GM Style, a glitzy pre-North American International Auto Show inaugural party that will combine celebrities such as Carmen Electra, fashion and cars.
The Detroit showâ€™s official media preview begins Sunday and will open to the public Jan. 14.
Unlike last yearâ€™s show, when GM introduced the widely popular Camaro concept but held off on announcing its production for eight months, Chevy says a production convertible will be added later in â€™09, following the coupeâ€™s launch.
Dressed out in â€śhugger orangeâ€ť paint with a pair of gunmetal gray sport stripes, the Camaro Convertible concept is based on the original Camaro concept with only minor changes to accommodate a convertible body style.
The rear-wheel-drive Camaro Convertible will share a V-8 engine and a manual transmission with the coupe, which also will offer an automatic transmission and V-6 powertrain.
The convertible will include a 4-wheel independent suspension, 4-wheel disc brakes, 21-in. front wheels and 22-in. rear wheels.
Camaro coupe output is to start at the end of 2008 at GMâ€™s Oshawa, ON, Canada, plant. The muscle car is a low-volume vehicle, with initial sales pegged in the 100,000-unit range.
But the platform on which it rides, GMâ€™s Global RWD Architecture, also known as Zeta, will underpin at least four additional GM models that appear as potential â€™08 and/or â€™09 models.
These include the next-generation Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo, new Pontiac G8 performance sedan and a likely replacement for the Buick Park Avenue.