2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Starts at $30,000, Production Starts Today

Chevrolet has been creating quite a buzz for its new Camaro Convertible for several months now, but it wasn’t until today that the new drop top actually went into production. Along with kicking off production, Chevrolet also announced pricing for the new Camaro, which will start at $30,000 including destination.

The $30,000 starting price tag on the newest Chevrolet convertible rings in at $6470 more than the base coupe. For comparison, Chevy’s offering is $2005 more than Ford’s Mustang convertible, which starts at $27,995.

Stepping into Chevy’s base Camaro Convertible get’s you 312 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque from a 3.6-liter V-6 engine capable of 29 mpg on the highway. However, those interested in more power will want to consider the SS model, which incorporates GM’s 6.2-liter V-8 sending 426 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. Ford’s V-8 Mustang GT convertible again underscores the Camaro by $2005.

Today at Chevrolet’s production facility in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick and driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. ceremoniously kicked off production of the fifth-generation convertible.  Last fall Hendrick purchased rights to buy the first 2011 Camaro Convertible, which will sit alongside the first 2010 Camaro coupe he procured at an earlier auction.

Wasting no time, Chevrolet will start shipping the new cars to dealers as they roll off the line. Expect to see them in your local Chevy showroom sometime in next month.