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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Chevrolet unveils details on the 2016 Camaro convertible

Barely a month after Chevy rolled out the 6th generation of its classic pony car, the automaker took the wraps off of the 2016 Camaro convertible. While this stylish droptop is a mechanical clone of the coupe and benefits from the same stiffer structure and roughly 200-pound weight reduction, it does boast one key difference in the form of what Chevy is calling "the most sophisticated top in the segment." It may just look like a cute convertible, but it has some interesting features to improve the driving experience.

The fully automatic power top is capable of opening and closing at speeds up to 30 mph, and it has a hard tonneau cover that deploys automatically to add finish to the look when the top is down.

The Camaro convertible is a four-seater, although the back seat, as is often the case in this class, looks very small. The top also includes a feature that allows remote opening with the key fob, and full multi-layer construction, with both acoustic and thermal barriers, should help keep the cabin from being too noisy or drafty for four-season driving. And the Camaro makes the jump to the realm of driving modes and configurable instrument clusters.

Available in SS and LT models when it goes on sale in early 2016, the new Camaro convertible will be offered with the same all-new powertrain combinations as its coupe counterpart: a 275-horsepower/2.0LTurbo 4-cylinder, an all-new 355-horse/3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 and the 455-horse/6.2-liter LT1 V8, each of which can be backed by a 6-speed manual transmission or optional 8-speed autoshifter.

The 2016 Chevy Camaro convertible will be built alongside the Camaro coupe at GM’s Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in Michigan.

While the Coupe arrives this fall, the convertible won’t arrive until early next year.

SOURCE: csmonitor.com

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