Aiming to do for convertibles what the Texas Truck Rodeo does for pickups and SUVs, the Topless in Miami event—presented by the Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA)—each year gathers the country’s most exciting choices for open-air driving and puts them to the test. Among the cars earning top grades in 2012: The Chevrolet Camaro SS, which was named the No. 1 entry … among family cars! Chevrolet Dealer WA said that’s primarily because the category was used for a miscellaneous batch of four-passenger convertibles, but it is worth pointing out that the Camaro’s crosstown rival, the Ford Mustang, was one of them.
Chevrolet Louisiana pointed out that the Camaro has made a habit out of finishing ahead of its rivals in a wide range of comparisons, as well as on the industry’s sales charts. At the halfway point in 2012, for example, the Camaro is on its way to finishing another year as the best-selling muscle car in America, with 49,697 deliveries. It’s a lead of more than 1,000 units over the Mustang and some 26,000 sales ahead of the Dodge Challenger.
And Chevy will look to extend that gap even further during the second half of the year, when the next evolution of the Camaro Convertible hits the street. The 2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible will offer all the hi-po goodies available in the ZL1 Coupe—including a 580-hp supercharged V8 engine and race-tuned suspension—to become the fastest open-air Camaro ever sold by the Bowtie brand at dealers like Chevrolet Sterling.