By on August 26, 2009

Pistonheads has spy shots of Camaro drop-tops Holden on to the good times in GM’s Australian outpost. “These soft-top Camaros have been spotted lined up at the Australian Fisherman’s Bend Holden plant, which seems to support the idea that we will see production versions of the V6 and V8-powered muscle cars sooner rather than later.” Note the word “seems.”

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25 Comments on “On-Again-Off-Again-On-Again-Off-Again Chevrolet Camaro Convertible On Again. Maybe....”


  • avatar
    Commando

    Is that bloody Brit messing with us again?

  • avatar
    Tiger Commanche

    Any Camaro owners out there getting their free pizza from Papa John’s today?

  • avatar
    GarbageMotorsCo.

    It better be on again, there are plenty of rednecks who are looking forward to letting their mullets fly free in the open air!

  • avatar
    mikey

    Congrads B&B we have set a record. A mullet/Camaro comment,by post#3.

  • avatar
    MikeInCanada

    ….and by post #5 I’ll add the obligatory ‘the new Camaro can frequently be found parked in front of mobile home’ comment!

    Next to monster 4X4 pickup truck (with only 65 more monthly payments to go, of course).

  • avatar
    PeteMoran

    Holden, where they announced another 200 jobs cuts from engineers, marketing and DESIGN.

  • avatar
    geeber

    Doesn’t look very good with the top raised. I’m on the fence with the regular coupe, but the convertible version looks very cartoonish.

  • avatar
    superbadd75

    I’ve already seen enough of the new Camaro to decide that I think it looks fat, stumpy, and just overall like a charicature of a classic, much like the Challenger. I’m a much bigger fan of the 2010 Mustang, which looks lean and athletic by comparison. The Mustang’s new interior is far better than either, also.

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    psarhjinian

    So these are being built in Australia?

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    No, the Camaro was engineered in Australia by Holden and it’s based on Holden’s Commodore which was sold here as the Pontiac G8.

    The Holden influence shows too, the Camaro is a thoroughly modern and amazing car to drive. Extremely well composed, which is more than what I can say for the 2010 Mustang which feels like an ox-cart in comparison.

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    TriShield, I should point out that the Mustang with its “ox cart rear axle” outhandles the Camaro with the track pack installed.

    When the Mustang gets the new 5.0 Coyote motor, the Camaro is screwed.

  • avatar
    walksatnight

    Some cars look pretty good as convertibles and others don’t. This one doesn’t to my eye. I guess the PT Cruiser convertible is uglier but this is up there.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    No, the Camaro was engineered in Australia by Holden and it’s based on Holden’s Commodore which was sold here as the Pontiac G8.

    I should clarify: these photos are taken in Australia, if I read the article correctly. That begs a few questions:
    * Is Oshawa going to build this, or is it going to be imported because GM needs to top up Holden’s production?
    * Will it be available in North America?

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    thalter

    On a semi-related note, I was renting a car at Budget in DEN last week, and they must have had 20 Camaros on the lot available for rental (all V6 models). I thought these things were in short supply, and now they are rental queens already? This must be a world record.

  • avatar
    TEXN3

    @GarbageMotors: Life doesn’t get much better than a Z28, a Z71, and shirt with either a wolf, dreamcatcher, or eagle soaring above. That’s the heartbeat of America.

  • avatar
    MikeInCanada

    Re TEXN3 :

    That’s all good, however your missing one thing – soon to be unexpectedly pregnant girlfriend who is halfway thru cosmetology school sitting in the passenger seat…..

    Now that’s the Camaro’s America!

  • avatar
    TEXN3

    She won’t be around much longer then.

    @thalter: the Mustang is getting pushed into Hertz’s rental fleet quickly. I’ll have one in South Dakota in a few weeks.

  • avatar
    pete

    Adds a certain Sebring-ness to the Camaro. A bad idea.

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    psarhjinian

    Now that’s the Camaro’s America!

    No, the Camaro’s America are people who were those types, but buttoned down for a bit, got a decent job and can now afford to relive their youth.

    For the record, that’s not a lot of people.

    The stereotype you mention, today, probably drives a two-door Blazer or S-10 (on the low) or a Hemi Ram (on the high), has a shaved head, not a lot of neck, and a stereo permanently cranking out Limp Bizkit…

    Urban versions of the species swap the Limp Bizkit for Fitty and the truck for an older Integra and drinks less. Both keep the soon-to-be-pregnant girlfriend, though.

    I just had a horrible thought: does this mean that, twenty years from now, we’ll be seeing Chevy Blazer concepts?

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    ferrarimanf355, you can magazine race these cars all you want but a few tenths difference here and there in a review means virtually nothing on the street and in the real world actually owning and driving these car.

    I’ve had quite a bit of seat time in both muscle cars now and the Camaro is far and away a more modern, sophisticated vehicle and it feels like it has the engineering and design in it you expect for it’s sticker price in MY2009. It’s more practical and better looking to boot. The Mustang has none of that.

    The Mustang is an expensive car now with an old structure, old engine and a very old rear suspension design – not surprisingly it aksi drives old. There’s no getting around the fact that it’s virtually the same thing Ford has been selling since 2005 except it cost substantially more now than it did then. They can stick their 400hp V8 in it and it still won’t do anything about how the car behaves due to it’s cruddy rear suspension.

    I had a Camaro SS for a week in Michigian and was utterly amazed at how composed it is over the third-world roads in that state. It absorbed bumps without getting upset, not even a quiver in the body and even in hard cornerning and transitions. It only takes an ant hill to get the Mustang to skip around in turns on the glass-smooth pavement we have here in Arizona. The Camaro is a very fluid car to drive, the Mustang is very nervous car to drive and doesn’t feel anywhere near as strong or solid. The contrast is stark.

    The Camaro I had already had 5,000 miles on it and was better built inside and out than the new 2010 Mustang I drove to boot.

    And finally, all Camaros are built in North America. Not Australia.

    GM should be commended for this car, they did an exceptional job on it in every respect, unlike many of their other products. If only everything GM made conformed to it’s brand and was well-executed as the Camaro then perhaps things would be different for the company.

  • avatar
    mikey

    I have talked to my buddies in the Camaro plant, and it looks like the the drop top is a go. Though not confirmed.

    TriShield has it right, the Camaro is sweet. With 19000 orders in the bank GM is not going to disrupt production,any time soon. I’m gonn’a guess
    we will see the convertible,about this time next year,as a 2011. Proudly made,right here in the Shwa.

  • avatar
    pacificpom2

    ferrarimanf355 :
    August 26th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    TriShield, I should point out that the Mustang with its “ox cart rear axle” outhandles the Camaro with the track pack installed.

    So, to get the Mustang to outhandle the standard Camaro, you have to option up the Mustang? Shouldn’t that track pack be standard and then be a “delete” option? Or is Ford betting that many drivers will try to outpace the Camaro, find the Mustang wanting, and then demand the option?

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    Probably option 2. Although those drivers are probably waiting for the new motor.

    It’s not over until the new motor gets installed in a Mustang and gets compared with a Camaro.

  • avatar
    Juniper

    You guys have your stereotypes all mixed up again.
    When the Camaro came out the smelly dirtbag longhaired freaks were all driving VW bugs and vans.
    The “cleaner cut” gearheads were driving the Camaros.
    Actually I have seen mostly 30 and 40 something hard working young professionals driving the new Camaro. You know, the people that can afford one.

  • avatar
    Durwood

    “Actually I have seen mostly 30 and 40 something hard working young professionals driving the new Camaro. You know, the people that can afford one.”

    I know i’m not one who will afford one. The local dealer has had one on the lot now for over two weeks. A Camaro 2ss that stickers for $39,400.00…..WoW, i cant imagine what a convertible would cost. I have owned two new Camaros in the past,(including a new Z28 ) but it looks like those days are over. I have seen Mustang Gt convertibles on the lots and $39,000.00 is what they stickered for. ( so no convertibles for me there i guess.)


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