2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible

2020 MODEL
$40,995 - $42,590
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2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 15, 2020
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There are very few cars that exist today that have a legacy as rich as that of the Chevrolet Camaro. It is a true classic that has seen a lot of changes over the past few decades. In fact, it is one of the few muscle cars to thrive even after the oil crisis of the 1970s. The Camaro has been molded through the times enough for some to question if it is a muscle car at all. The addition of the LT1 answers that question rather loudly.

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Pros

Powerful Corvette-sourced V8 engine

Quite nimble for its size and weight

A lot of performance features at a budget

Mean, masculine looks

Cons

Limited visibility with the roof up

Rear seats not suitable for adults

Interior quality is just about average

What's New?

The LT1 comes as a brand new trim added to the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro lineup


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$40995

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

top speed

198 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

376 cu.in.

horsepower

455 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

455 lbs.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual transmission

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6/13.6

dimensions

wheelbase

110.7 in.

length

188.3 in.

width

74.7 in.

height

52.9 in.

curb weight

3865 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

93 cu ft.

cargo volume

7.3 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/24/19 mpg

highway range

456 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr. /100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible in Summit White color
Summit White

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

9.3

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Base

Base

power
455 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
19 combined

$40,995 - $42,590


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 6M) Starting at $40,995 MSRP (16/19/24) 455 hp @ 6000 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed manual transmission rear wheel drive 4
2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $42,590 MSRP (16/19/24) 455 hp @ 6000 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
10-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 4

Expert Review

7.5

Overall Rating


The LT1 is the newest addition to the Camaro family. It packs in the same naturally-aspirated you would find on the SS, albeit at a lower price tag. The catch is that it doesn’t get access to a lot of premium features and the coveted 1LE package. Still, the Camaro LT1 is one of the few cars in the market that let shoppers get their hands on a V8-powered pony car, keeping up the essence of such automobiles to be affordable. Wanna increase the coolness factor for some extra buck? There is the LT1 Convertible that lets you take the top down.

Nevertheless, it is not the only convertible in this price range. A lot of manufacturers from around the world offer so much more than just a big engine. The BMW 2-series is one such rival, focusing on handling and luxury rather than sheer power. Nissan’s 370Z is another roadster that is quite a lot of fun to drive. Then we have the long-time rival of Chevy Camaros, the Ford Mustang, which offers the GT Convertible trim for going toe-to-toe with the Camaro Convertible.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Front View
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Rear View

7.0/10
Features

 

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.0/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 

9.3/10
Competition

 
 

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Features

7.0/10

The 2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 comes as a single trim. It can be equipped with a coupe or convertible body style. The addition of the LT1 in the Camaro lineup makes it easier for shoppers to get their hands on the powerful V8 of the Camaro SS. There are several design tweaks on the outside, with a new grille with a grey bow tie emblem and several LT1 badges around the car. The interior is quite similar to the SS, although the option to top it up with premium materials is not available. The 1LE Performance Package is absent as well, though you still get Brembo performance brakes and a sports suspension.

Trim

Camaro LT1 Convertible

MSRP (RWD)

$40,995

Key Features

Brembo Performance Brakes

 

Sports-Tuned Suspension

 

20-inch Silver-painted Aluminum Wheels

 

Recaro Performance Seats

 

Leather-Wrapped Flat Bottom Steering Wheel

 

8-inch HD Touchscreen Display with Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System

What would we recommend?

With a single trim, you don’t get a lot of options but the options list is quite long and comprehensive. It is best to go with the 6-speed manual that gets you the best out of the small-block V8. Though the exterior has limited customization, the Wicker package with a rear spoiler makes the Camaro LT1 look even more sporty.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Engine and Performance

9.0/10

With a powerful fire-breathing V8 engine under its hood, the LT1 is anything but short on power. The Corvette-derived engine is capable of supplying 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. A 10-Speed Automatic transmission is standard, though if you really want to feel all those horses you are much better off with the 6-Speed Manual. It has active rev-matching which makes those downshifts a joy to operate.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible 6.2L V8 Engine

The engine is kept free of any supercharger or turbocharger interference, so the pedal response is immediate and to-the-point. It’s a shame that the 1LE Performance package has been shelved for the LT1. The car could do much better with it included. In spite of that, the Camaro LT1's powertrain is more than enough for competing against any other sports convertible at this price range.

Models

Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible

Ford Mustang GT Convertible

BMW 230i Convertible

Nissan 370Z Roadster

MSRP

$40,995

$45,130

$41,100

$46,670

Engine

6.2L Premium V8

5.0L Premium V8

2.0L Turbocharged inline-4

3.7L Premium V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Dual-Clutch Manual with Active Rev-Matching

8-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

455@6,000

460@7,000

248@5,200

332@7,000

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

455@4,400

420@4,600

258@1,450

270@5,200

Even with the absence of the performance package, the LT1 does quite well in taking on most of the convertibles in its segment. The Ford Mustang GT gives it a close call, though the Bimmer and 370Z trail far behind in terms of power. It may have a rugged 6-speed manual transmission but it does not shift as smoothly as the dual-clutch variant in the Ford.

How fast is the Camaro LT1?

Those massive power figures are put to good use in the Camaro. The LT1 Convertible takes to 60 mph from a standstill in just over 4 seconds. Therefore, if there is to be a drag race between all the cars of its segment, the Camaro LT1 is sure to come out victorious. The acceleration is something that is sure to please any petrolhead. Chevrolet has worked hard to make this Camaro adept for both overtaking morning traffic and making tons of smoke during burnouts.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible

Ford Mustang GT Convertible

BMW 230i Convertible

Nissan 370Z Roadster

0-60 MPH (sec)

4.2 

4.5 

5.6 

5.0 

Quarter Mile (sec)

12.4 

12.8 

14.4 

13.4 

Top Speed (MPH) 155 155 144 155

Engine

6.2L Premium V8

5.0L Premium V8

2.0L Turbocharged inline-4

3.7L Premium V6

Emission (Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.9

8.0

5.4

7.1

Holding proud of its muscle car essence, the Camaro LT1 is the fastest muscle car in this price range. Not many convertibles can do a sub-13 second quarter mile. Albeit the Mustang is not far behind. The Nissan 370Z gives quite a good run despite a smaller, less powerful engine. The 230i may be the slowest of the lot but will save its owner a lot on EPA emission taxes.

How well do the brakes work?

Utilizing Brembo performance brakes that are standard on the front wheels and optional to the rear, the Chevrolet Camaro LT1 comes to a dead stop from 60 mph within 103 feet. It is something that most supercars are not even capable of.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Front Brakes 13.6 in.

The Camaro’s lightweight all-aluminum chassis and Brembo performance brakes have quite a lot to contribute to this performance.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible

Ford Mustang GT Convertible

BMW 230i Convertible

Nissan 370Z Roadster

Brake Rotors Front (in)

13.6

13.9

12.3

12.6

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

13.3

13.0

11.4

12.1

Curb Weight (lbs)

3865

3825

3680

3497

60-0 MPH (ft)

103

109

106

113

Other coupes in this segment simply fail to match up to the Camaro in terms of braking. Even though the LT1 Convertible is a heavyweight, its brakes do quite a good job of keeping the car on a leash. The BMW 230i trails it by a hair due to its lighter chassis, while the Mustang compensates for its weight with bigger brakes. The 370Z has the longest stopping distance due to its poor weight distribution and inferior traction management system.

Does it handle any good?

The 2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 doesn’t have the option for an adaptive suspension like the SS. Thus, it does suffer a bit on ride quality thanks to its sport-tuned suspension. You can feel each and every bump that you come across and traversing speed breakers is a challenge with the LT1’s low ground clearance. With the roof up, most of the noise is kept out of the cabin. Take it down and you can hear the 6.2L V8 in its full glory. It is something about having a massive engine roar fall on your ears with the wind passing through your face that makes every drive with the Camaro LT1 Convertible memorable.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Steering wheel

The Camaro handles very differently than what you would expect a muscle car to handle. It is nimble and precise around corners, so you can go into a hairpin bend full throttle and come out the other side without losing a lot of revs and a wide smile on your face. The suspension may not be comfortable on regular city streets but gives a lot of stability and traction on the track.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Fuel Economy

5.0/10

If you are looking for a muscle car that grants you a lot of miles on the gallon, you are much better off finding the Holy Grail. Big V8s are very thirsty for producing all that power, that’s why the BMW 230i Convertible excels with its tiny four-cylinder engine in terms of fuel economy. Still, the Camaro does fare a lot better than most other performance cars with a combined EPA rating of 21 mpg.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible

Ford Mustang GT Convertible

BMW 230i Convertible

Nissan 370Z Roadster

MPG (City)

16

14

23

18

MPG (Highway)

26

23

33

25

MPG (Combined)

21

17

27

21

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19.0

16.0

13.7

19.0

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi) 304/456/399 N/A 315/466/369 342/475/399

Combined with a 19-gallon fuel tank, the Camaro LT1 has a good range. So you can do more than a few laps of the track without refueling. If you do want to take that trip to the mountainside, it gives you a good range over the Ford Mustang. Though, for a relaxed cruiser, the BMW is a much better choice.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Interior

6.0/10

Its cabin allows the Camaro LT1 a lot of head and legroom in the front, though the back seats are better suited for children. The build quality is nice and there are very few panel gaps that actually come to the notice of the occupants. What they would notice is a lot of LT1 badges that proudly hone the inside of the car.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Rear Seats

The doors open wide, making it easy to get in and out of the car. There is not a whole lot of visibility, though. The convertible solves this problem by offering two alternatives: use the rear-view camera or take the roof off entirely. It takes just 30 seconds to operate and can be done at speeds up to 30 mph.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible

Ford Mustang GT Convertible

BMW 230i Convertible

Nissan 370Z Roadster

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

2

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.5/55.0/43.9

37.6/56.3/44.5

40.5/54.4/41.5

38.2/54.4/42.9

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

33.4/50.3/29.9

35.7/44.7/30.8

37.0/42.2/31.8

N/A

What about Infotainment?

Look towards the center of the dashboard and you find a 7-inch diagonal touch screen that runs the latest Chevrolet Three Plus infotainment system. It gives the user a swift and intuitive system to use, while also incorporating smartphone compatibility. The screen can be upgraded in size to 8 inches. The connectivity is pretty standard, covering all the basics such as USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspot, etc.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible 7-inch diagonal touch screen

The default sound system consists of 6 speakers that deliver an average listening experience. While most would be content with the roaring tune of the V8, there is another option for die-hard music fans. Chevrolet offers the option of a premium Bose surround sound system that contains 9 high-definition speakers. The system hosts Active Sound Management that minimizes interference and excessive noise, allowing high-quality music to fall onto the ears of everyone inside the car.

Can I carry some cargo?

For a lightweight body, there had to be sacrifices made in some places. With a sport back shape, the Camaro has a constricted back end, limiting the space for cargo and rear passengers. With a modest 9.1 cubic feet of storage in the coupe, and even less in the convertible, it is best to carry just the essentials when traveling in an LT1 Camaro.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Cargo Volume 7.3 (ft.3)

The trunk is not operated remotely and has a queer entry lining. This would allow quite a bit of effort if you try to store in lengthy cargo.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible

Ford Mustang GT Convertible

BMW 230i Convertible

Nissan 370Z Roadster

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

7.3

11.4

11.8

4.2

Nor is the small-item storage that impressive. There is the glove box, couple of cupholders, and door-side slits which cover the basics. And that’s about it. There is not a dedicated smartphone stand or much space in the center console. The cupholders never get in the way of shifting but struggle to hold large beverages. The side pockets are good for nothing more than weekend literature.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Interior Seats
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Interior Seats
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Seats
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Seats
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Rear Seats
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Rear Seats
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Center Console
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Center Console
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Gear Shifter
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Gear Shifter
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Steering wheel
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Steering wheel
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Interior
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Interior

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Exterior

7.0/10

The design update of previous year made a lot of fans furious. Thus, Chevrolet decided on another update that took the styling back to the late 1960s. The front grille is wider and fits boldly to the new front. The headlights merge elegantly with the side edges. The narrow streaks of the hood run cleanly towards the back of the car, without disrupting any curves.

Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible 3rd Quarter View

The LT1 in particular has plenty of features that let the bystanders know the car’s true identity. The yellow bow tie emblem has been changed to gray and LT1 badges inhabit the rear and the sides. Though a couple of exterior options can be chosen, the Wicker package is the most appealing. It grants the Camaro some exclusive color schemes and a spoiler that makes the car look even more badass.

Is it a big and heavy car?

The Chevrolet Camaro is not a very large but the convertible body adds more than 200 lbs to its curb weight. It has changed over time to mold itself into a dedicated sports car, therefore has many differences with other contemporary pony cars. A couple of those include a low ground clearance and very little difference in the front and rear track width. The Camaro may look quite beautiful, yet it is never overtly imposing. Even with a long wheelbase, the Chevy relies more on the engine noise and its reputation to announce its arrival.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible

Ford Mustang GT Convertible

BMW 230i Convertible

Nissan 370Z Roadster

Curb Weight (lbs)

3865

3825

3680

3497

Length (in)

188.3

188.3

174.7

167.2

Width (in)

74.7

75.4

69.8

72.6

Height (in)

53.1

54.9

55.6

52.2

Ground Clearance (in)

3.5

5.4

5.5

4.7

Wheelbase (in)

110.7

107.1

105.9

100.4

The other cars in this segment are far more characteristic to their roots. The Ford Mustang GT sits the best in this regard with its heavy and tall-riding chassis. The BMW 230i delivers impeccable handling capabilities with a touch of luxury. The Nissan 370Z is a tiny roadster with nothing but fun driving dynamics going for it.

Exterior Features

  • 20-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • Black wheel lug and locks
  • Body color outside mirrors
  • Body-side spear stripes
  • Rear wing spoiler with carbon black metallic finish
  • Spider stripes
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible 3rd Quarter View View
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible 3rd Quarter View View
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Side View
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Side View
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Side View
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Side View
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Rear 3rd Quarter View
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Rear 3rd Quarter View
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Rear View
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Rear View

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Safety

8.0/10

The 2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 has the same chassis as the Camaro SS. Thus, it can be considered just as safe. The SS received near perfect scores from the IIHS and NHTSA. Both the organizations commended the car for its excellent safety structure. Though, it must be noted that the roof of the Camaro was susceptible to breakage if exposed to a load greater than 3,400 lbs. That is made even worse in the convertible, with the roof giving in at just over 2,000 lbs.

As far as collision prevention is concerned, the Camaro LT1 relies heavily on the driver to be responsible. It does offer a few safety features such as forward collision warning to let the driver be aware of any imminent threat, yet it is the driver’s skill and reaction that constitute the last line of defense for the Camaro.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control(ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact beams
  • Dual-Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Airbags
  • OnStar Emergency SOS
  • Forward Collision Warning System
  • Dual-Stage Front and Knee Driver Airbags
  • Dual-Stage Front and Knee Passenger Airbags
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Trunk Emergency Release Handle
  • Configurable Teen Driver Mode
  • Daytime Running LED Headlamps
  • 3-point Seat Belts with Pretensioners
  • LATCH System
  • Rear-View Camera

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Competition

9.3/10

Chevrolet Camaro LT1 vs Ford Mustang GT

Both Chevrolet and Ford have toughened it out on the grid since the Mustang posed the first serious threat to the Chevelle in the 1960s. A lot has changed since then, and the Camaro is the one that has taken it the best to change. Whereas the Ford Mustang has retained some of its predecessor's legacy. The Mustang GT Convertible may be a feat of modern automobile technology but it still retains some essence of the classic GT Convertible that made it so classic. The Camaro, on the other hand, has focused more on being a sports car than a muscle car. That doesn’t make it any less fun to drive, though.

Ford Mustang GT Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro LT1 vs BMW 230i

With more than 450 horses running under the hood, the Camaro LT1 absolutely obliterates the BMW 230i. It is less expensive and much more suited if performance is your sole concern. However, for a lot of other aspects, the BMW 2-series excels the LT1. Interior quality is one. Lining the seats with faux suede and premium leather, the BMW feels much more luxurious than the Chevy. The Bimmer also offers more trunk space and a more upscale infotainment system. The ride quality is superior as well. Factor in a better fuel economy and the 230i Convertible is the better alternative if you want a bit more practicality and laid-back driving.

BMW 230i Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro LT1 vs Nissan 370Z

The Nissan 370Z is a fun car to drive. It is less about being snug and cozy and more about being fast and loud. The dated infotainment system and the lack of rear seats are a sure-shot proof of this. It is surprising that a roadster with such old-school driving dynamics comes with an electronically operated roof at all. Still, there are a few more features you can expect from a convertible if you want to invest this much money. The Chevrolet Camaro LT1 delivers that on the mark. Not only is it more practical with better tech for interior and safety, the LT1 packs in enough punch to leave the 370Z biting the dust in a race.

Nissan 370Z Roadster

 

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Convertible Final Verdict

With a convertible trim option available, the LT1 has all the necessary options one would want from a sports car. That, too, at quite an affordable price considering you get an engine from a C7 Corvette. It may have changed to become almost unrecognizable from the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, but it is still one of the best sports cars America has to offer.