Back in May, Chevrolet introduced a redesigned Camaro. Now, and not at all surprisingly, the Bowtie brand is showing off the latest Camaro convertible, based on the coupe that debuted on Belle Isle in Detroit.
From the beltline down, this is the same car that was so well-received last month. But above the waist, there’s an all-new, fully automatic canvas roof that can be raised and lowered at speeds up to 30 miles per hour. On top of that, owners will be able to drop the roof remotely by simply pressing a button on the key. Chevy does not, however, say if this new convertible roof is lighter than last year’s top.
The biggest change for the Camaro convertible, though, is something we’ve long yearned for – a proper hard tonneau cover that deploys over the folded roof. The current muscle car’s roof fabric has the unpleasant tendency to flap in the breeze. The new droptop shouldn’t have that problem, and will likely boast an even cleaner top-down profile to boot.
Like the hardtop, though, the Camaro convertible does benefit from the same lightweight structure, which helps trim “at least” 200 pounds of body fat. It should also make use of the same powertrain lineup, with a turbocharged four-cylinder, a 3.6-liter V6, and a 6.2-liter V8 with six-speed manuals or eight-speed automatic transmissions spanning the lineup.
“From the beginning, the Camaro’s architecture was developed to incorporate a convertible with uncompromised driving dynamics,” Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser said in the release. “Customers will appreciate what they don’t feel: quivers, cowl shake or an under-damped chassis typically found in a four-seat convertible.”
Increased refinement, a cleaner look, better driving dynamics and a more usable convertible roof? We’re looking forward to you 2016 Camaro convertible. Chevy claims the new car arrives in “early 2016,” which means we should plan on seeing this droptop at the typically cold and snowy Detroit Auto Show.
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