Just over a month after unveiling the brawny 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, GM has now revealed the convertible version of the iconic muscle car. Called the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, it mimics the coupe’s design and gets a modernistic fully automatic foldable soft-top, which can be opened and closed at speeds up to 48kmph.
GM has spent a lot of time developing this new soft-top, which is quite different from the units of the previous soft-top Camaro models. It features multilayer construction which integrates acoustic and thermal barriers to offers a comfortable and well insulated driving experience in all seasons. While GM has tried to keep the roof’s silhouette as close to the coupe as possible, it is quite obvious that soft-tops will never be able to mirror the lines of a proper coupe.
GM claims that the new Camaro Convertible is at least 100 kilograms lighter and more fun to drive than its predecessor, thanks to a lightweight yet stiffer chassis. Powertrain options ranges from a 275bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit right up to a 6.2-litre LT1 V8 churning out 455bhp. For the enthusiasts, GM is also offering a six-speed manual gearbox in place of the eight-speed automatic unit in all the variants.
The Camaro Convertible will be manufactured alongside the coupe at GM’s Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in Michigan. While the Camaro coupe will go on sale in September this year, deliveries for the Camaro Convertible will not commence until early 2016. The Camaro Convertible competes with other convertible muscle cars like the Corvette convertible and the Ford Mustang convertible.