Chevrolet has unveiled the sixth generation of its iconic Camaro. The model unveiled is the convertible variant scheduled to launch in early 2016.
The model boasts of the same aggressive design that it has been known for, but with the added advantage of a drop top. The company says that the roof is completely automatic in its operation and is functional at speeds of upto 30 mph (48 kmph). GM says that this is no ordinary soft top as it has a hard tonneau cover that forms part of the roof. In most convertibles, this cover needs to be fixed manually, but that is not the case with Chevy’s latest offering. The cover is also automatically deployed and helps in providing a finished appearance to the exterior.
The convertible, like the coupe, has a stiffer, lighter structure that sheds nearly 200 pounds (91 kgs) from the earlier generation. The Camaro is famous for its sporty nature and according to the manufacturer this is not lost on the convertible variant. Elaborating on this Al Oppenheiser, Camaro’s chief engineer says, “From the beginning, the Camaro’s architecture was developed to incorporate a convertible with uncompromised driving dynamics. Customers will appreciate what they don’t feel: quivers, cowl shake or an under-damped chassis typically found in a four-seat convertible.”
The 2016 Camaro will feature six all-new powertrain combinations that will include a 2.0-litre turbo rated at 275 bhp, an all-new 3.6-litre V6 producing 335 bhp, and the range topping LT1 6.2-litre V8 belting out 455 horses and a stonking 617 Nm of torque – this will also make it the most powerful Camaro SS, ever. All the engines can be paired with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.
Detroit’s latest will be produced at General Motors’ Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Lansing, Michigan and will be offered in LT and SS models.