It’s official: the new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is flipping its lid. While this is perhaps near the delay of the Tesla Model 3 at the bottom of the scale of surprising automotive news, it is far more pleasing to hear.
It’s pleasing to see, too. The new Camaro is already a looker, but the convertible is a particularly slick piece with the top down, thanks to its rigid, body-color tonneau cover that extends the decklid’s creases toward the rear seats. The top is fully automatic—no latches to manually twist or pull—and also can be opened remotely with the key fob. Incidentally, all of the above are features that Chevy is gleefully throwing in the face of the Ford Mustang convertible, which leaves the front of its roof exposed when lowered and requires a human being to be inside to twist a handle on the header in order for the top to be released or secured.
The Camaro also wins the top-drop-at-speed test, as it’s operable at speeds up to 30 mph, versus the Mustang’s meager 3 mph. With that tonneau cover involved, however, the Camaro’s top requires 18 seconds to raise or lower, which is longer than the roughly eight seconds it takes the Mustang’s (although that does not count the second or two it takes to manually unlatch/latch it). Still, we expect drivers should be able to complete the action while stopped at a typical red light. And even if they don’t, they can finish the process while they get moving.
As for the rest of the car, pretty much nothing changes inside or out, according to Chevrolet, and this includes no loss of legroom in the rear seat. Chevrolet also claims that, like the coupe, the ragtop sheds more than 200 pounds. At the same time, chief engineer Al Oppenheiser promises that the Camaro will not suffer from the “quivers, cowl shake, or an under-damped chassis typically found in a four-seat convertible.”
The Camaro convertible will be offered with all of the coupe’s available powertrains and trim levels, from the 275-hp turbo four-cylinder to the 455-hp SS, and just so you can start planning your perfect color scheme, the insulated top will be available in three colors: black, blue, and “Kalahari” (dark brown).
Pricing wasn’t announced, but it’s worth noting that 2015 Camaro convertibles cost between $5100 and $6000 more than their coupe counterparts, so we expect similar premiums when the 2016 droptop goes on sale early next year.
Source: Car and Driver / newsnish