It wasn’t too long ago that the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro coupe was revealed for the world to see, entering its sixth generation.
That said, it was only a matter of time until the Camaro convertible was to be released. Low and behold, here it is, complete with its head chopped off in favor of folding soft top origami. Like its hardtop sibling, the Camaro convertible benefits greatly from a diet of around 200lbs and thanks to clever engineering, the structure of the new Camaro is also stiffer. This improves handling and ride quality.
Chevy also says that the Camaro convertible comes with the most “advanced top” in the segment, with fully automatic operation, including the security latches.
To more closely compete with the new Ford Mustang, the Camaro comes with GM’s latest 2.0L turbocharged four-banger to combat the Ford Mustang EcoBoost. GM’s new four produces 275hp while Ford’s EcoBoost churns out a bit more at 310hp.
Still available is GM’s venerable 3.6L naturally-aspirated V6 with 335hp on tap while the V8 model gains a 6.2L LT1, lifted straight from the latest Corvette Stingray, complete with the tune of 455hp and 455 lb-ft of twist. All engines can thankfully be mated to a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.
Check out the press release below for full details.
Chevrolet Lifts Lid on 2016 Camaro Convertible
Segment’s most advanced top is fully automatic, with refined appearance
DETROIT – Let the sun shine in. Chevrolet will offer a convertible model of the all-new 2016 Camaro, featuring the segment’s most advanced top.
The 2016 Camaro is the only convertible in the segment to offer all of the following:
- Fully automatic operation with latches that automatically release and secure the top
- Capability of opening or closing at speeds up to 30 mph
- Remote opening with the key fob
- A hard tonneau cover that deploys automatically, providing a more refined, finished appearance when the top is lowered and stowed.
The electro-hydraulic power roof system features multilayer construction – including acoustic and thermal barriers – designed for a comfortable, quiet driving experience in all seasons. The top emulates the sleek silhouette of the Camaro coupe.
“The 2016 Camaro coupe will set the benchmark for the segment in terms of technology, performance and design,” said Todd Christensen, Camaro marketing manager. “Adding the most sophisticated top in the segment brings another level of refinement – and driving enjoyment – to the Camaro convertible.”
The new Camaro convertible arrives in early 2016.
Like the Camaro coupe, the convertible benefits from a stiffer, lighter structure that helps reduce total vehicle weight by at least 200 pounds 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.”
The architecture also enables the Camaro convertible’s sleek design, allowing the top to fold down completely beneath the belt line. The hard tonneau cover automatically covers the folded top, creating a finished appearance.
“With many convertibles, you have to affix a tonneau cover manually – if it’s done at all,” said Tom Peters, design director. “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.”
About the 2016 Camaro
The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro offers higher levels of performance, technology and refinement and is designed to maintain the sporty car segment leadership earned over the past five years.
Offered in LT and SS models, it provides a faster, more nimble driving experience and a broader powertrain range.
Six all-new powertrain combinations are offered, including a 2.0L Turbo rated at an SAE-certified 275 horsepower, an all-new 3.6L V-6 producing and SAE-certified 335 horsepower, and the LT1 6.2L V-8, which is SAE-certified at 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.
Camaro’s leaner, stiffer platform and slightly smaller dimensions are accentuated by a dramatic, sculpted exterior. Meticulously tuned in the wind tunnel, the exterior contributes to performance through reduced aerodynamic lift for better handling, while enhancing highway fuel efficiency.
Inside, the driver-focused cabin integrates class-leading control technologies, including a new Driver Mode Selector, configurable instrument cluster and a customizable ambient lighting feature.
The 2016 Camaro coupe and convertible will be produced at General Motors’ Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Lansing, Mich.