Chevrolet reveals Camaro Convertible for UK

The coupe version of the iconic American muscle car is set to arrive in the UK later in 2011, and the GM-owned manufacturer has revealed the drop-top model will be sold alongside it.

Featuring a canvas roof which can be folded at the press of a button in 20 seconds, the Camaro convertible will use the same 6.2-litre V8 engine as the coupe.

This means 426hp will be available on the Camaro convertible, which will be matched to a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox.

The body has been strengthened so that steering and the suspension is affected by the lack of a roof, which can affect torsional stiffness in some convertibles.

Chevrolet is optimistic there will be no noticeable difference between the coupe and the convertible in terms of driving dynamics, and has even specially designed the roof to keep noise out through the use of acoustical foam.

"The launch of the new convertible opens Camaro design and performance to a new set of potential customers," said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet marketing, at the cars unveil at the LA Auto Show. "The 21st century revival of Camaro is tremendously popular, so it’s a natural to now expand and elevate the product range in new directions."

The Camaro was previously only available as an import in the UK market, but Chevrolet’s re-emergence in the European market has led it to produce a European version for the first time.

The Camaro and Camaro convertible will be two of several new models from the US manufacturer, which include the Aveo supermini, Cruze saloon, Orlando MPV and Captiva SUV.

Chevrolet released a replacement for the Matiz city car, the Chevrolet Spark, earlier this year.