Chevrolet Camaro Convertible gets new antenna solution hidden in the spoiler

2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

When the first batch spy shots for the pre-production 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible surfaced, many fans were up in arms about the position of the AM/FM antenna positioned on the rear deck lid. Chevrolet was quick to respond and hired antenna freak by the name of Don Hibbard to find a solution.

“Antennas are a beautiful thing to me,” says Hibbard, an antenna test performance engineer.

His solution? Working with colleague Gregg Kittinger, Hibbard decided to conceal the AM/FM antenna without sacrificing radio reception, while not putting it inside the Camaro’s windows.

“We weren’t sure that it would be possible,” said Kittinger. “Typically antennas are hidden in a vehicle’s rear window, but with a retractable soft-top roof, that’s not an option.”

The two decided to hide the antenna inside the rear spoiler.

“We responded to a legitimate criticism from devoted Chevrolet Camaro enthusiasts and in 10 months found an innovative way to improve the overall aesthetics of the vehicle without sacrificing performance and quality,” said Kittinger.

The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible hits dealerships in Feb.

Refresher: The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible is available in two trim levels including LT and SS. The 2011 Camaro Convertible LT is powered by a 3.6L direct-injection V6 engine that produces 312-hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. The Camaro Convertible SS models is offered with two 6.2L V8 powertrain choices including the L99 on automatic-equipped vehicles and the LS3 on manual-equipped models The L99 engine produces 400-hp and a maximum torque of 410 lb-ft while the LS3 makes 426-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Prices start around $30,000.

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– By: Zain Haq