DETROIT, MI - Chevrolet today revealed the convertible version of the new sixth-generation Camaro. Although it is based on the same basic design as the coupe, the convertible body style enables a sleeker appearance with the top either up or down - but especially top-down.
Unique within the segment, the convertible features a hard tonneau cover that deploys automatically and covers the top when it is stowed. The design allows the top to fold down completely beneath the belt line, providing a smoother, more refined appearance at the transition to the deck-lid.
“With many convertibles, you have to affix a tonneau cover manually – if it’s done at all,” says design director, Tom Peters. “The Camaro convertible’s automatically deploying hard tonneau not only makes it easier to enjoy convertible driving when the inspiration hits, it ensures the car always looks its best.”
Even better, the roof can be opened or closed remotely using the car's key fob. It can also be operated from inside with the car moving at speeds of up to 48 km/h (30 mph) - a class exclusive feature.The electro-hydraulic powered roof system features multi-layer construction – including acoustic and thermal barriers – to provide a comfortable, quiet driving experience in all seasons.
As with the Camaro coupe, Chevy says, the convertible benefits from a stiffer, lighter structure that helps reduce total vehicle mass by at least 90 kg compared to the model it replaces. Consequently, the Camaro convertible retains the coupe’s sharp chassis tuning and nimble reflexes.
“From the beginning, the Camaro’s architecture was developed to incorporate a convertible with uncompromised driving dynamics,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “Customers will appreciate what they don’t feel: quivers, cowl shake or an under-damped chassis typically found in a four-seat convertible.”
Like the coupe, the convertible will be offered in LT and SS trim models. It will be available with three engine choices: a 2.0-litre Turbo four-cylinder rated at 275 horsepower; an all-new 3.6-litre V-6 producing 335 horsepower; and the LT1 6.2-litre V-8 with 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque – the most powerful Camaro SS ever. Each engine is available with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.
Both the 2016 Camaro coupe and convertible will be produced at General Motors’ Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Lansing, Mich. The coupe is expected to go on sale late this year; the convertible early in 2016.