The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will have a convertible version with a drop top that’s labelled as "the most sophisticated top in the segment." This fully automatic top can open or close at speeds up to 30 mph and is fitted with latches that automatically release and secure the top. The unveiling was made last Wednesday during an event hosted by Chevy global chief Alan Batey.
In a statement, GM said that the Camaro’s electro-hydraulic roof has multiple layers of acoustic and thermal barriers that are meant to dampen road noise. Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser said in a statement that drivers and passengers will appreciate that they won’t feel any quivers or cowl shake from an under-damped chassis frequently felt in a four-seat convertible.
Expect the drop-top Camaro to arrive early next year, only a few months after the launch of the sixth-generation coupe during the fourth quarter. Chevy said that the convertible makes up 40% of total U.S. Camaro sales. According to designers, the top can completely fold underneath the belt line. It will be automatically covered by a hard tonneau cover.
Majority of convertibles need the tonneau cover to be manually placed into position. In a statement, design director Tom Peters said that the automatic deployment of the hard tonneau makes it easier as well as allows the car to look its best. This isn’t a first for Chevy to offer an automated top for the Camaro convertible.
On the first model year of the Camaro in 1967, the drop top had a power-operated top available as a $52.70 option. GM claims that almost 50% of customers chose this option instead of the standard manual top. GM’s factory in Lansing, Mich., will assemble the redesigned Camaro coupe. When compared to its predecessor, this new coupe is a bit smaller and is lighter by over 200 pounds.
According to General Motors, the 2016 Camaro Convertible will be offered in LT and SS models. Moreover, six-new powertrain combinations are offered, such as the 2.0-liter Turbo which delivers 275 hp, the 3.6-liter V6 producing 335 hp and the 6.2-liter V8 which arrives with 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque. The engines are available with a six-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission.
“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.”