Chevrolet is using the LA motor show to display the Camaro convertible that will be heading to the UK by September 2011.
The iconic soft top goes on sale in America on 1 Jan, but will be officially imported alongside the coupe equivalent from the autumn and is expected to cost in the region of £45,000.
Both convertible and coupe will come with similar specifications, and both will offer a 6.2-litre V8 engine with 420bhp. There will be the choice between a six-speed manual and an automatic gearbox.
The roof on the convertible can be lowered electrically in around 20 seconds while the car is moving at up to 10mph, and is released by just one catch mounted above the rear-view mirror. But Chevrolet says that removing a large chunk of metal from the top of the car will not affect its structural integrity, saying that the Camaro is more rigid than a 3 Series convertible.
This claim is based on the inclusion of a reinforced windscreen header, A pillar and a stronger transmission tunnel.
Chevrolet says that these structural enhancements mean it has been able to leave the suspension unchanged from the coupe.