And General Motors have finally previewed the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, the soft top version of the redesigned Camaro which was introduced in May, 2016. While we already knew from the number of spy shots, and based on the original Camaro looks, how the convertible will look like, it's the detailed series of features and other upgrades that GM has officially announced.
As said before, the convertible is essentially the Camaro from the Beltline below that was unveiled last month as the Belle Isle in Detroit. But above the waist is the all-new canvas that is fully automatic and can be lowered at speeds as high as 48kmph. This operation, of course is a single button operated and can remotely control the roof.
There are no reports whether the roof of the new convertible will be lighter than the last year's canvas, but a proper hard cover over the folded roof is the biggest addition. The last generation Camaro Convertible was missing a proper cover for the folded roof and that caused a lot of nuisance while driving at higher speeds and the tendency to flap was evident.
"From the beginning, the Camaro's architecture was developed to incorporate a convertible with uncompromised driving dynamics," said the Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser. "Customers will appreciate what they don't feel: quivers, cowl shake or an under-damped chassis typically found in a four-seat convertible."
Not only the new droptop will stop the rattling, it is also likely to boast a cleaner top to down movement. Adding a softop adds some 100 kg to the weight of the otherwise lightweight structure of the original hardtop Camaro. Overall, the new Camaro is a combination of usable convertible with cleaner looks and better driving dynamics.
The power units for the convertible will remain the same - a turbocharged four-cylinder 3.6-litre V6 engine and a 6.2-litre V8 engine. The power will be transferred via a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic transmission. We are hopeful that the new convertible will be made public at the upcoming Detroit Motor Show before going on sale in the early 2016.
"With many convertibles, you have to affix a tonneau cover manually – if it's done at all," said Tom Peters, design director of the Chevrolet Camaro. "The Camaro convertible's automatically deploying hard tonneau not only makes it to enjoy convertible driving when the inspiration hits, it ensures the car always looks its best."