Just like the coupe model, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible will be using the Alpha platform, also employed in the ATS. However, because it is a droptop model, this Chevy is going to be slightly heavier than the coupe due to improvements made to its chassis in order to be more structurally rigid. Unlike the earlier models though, the Camaro Cabriolet will only get around 70 pounds of weight which is quite good for a car which still uses a chassis and body made mostly out of steel. This has been achieved by the addition of aluminum and carbon composites in certain key areas.
Interior and Exterior Design
Inside the cabin of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible we are going to see the exact same interior to that of the coupe version with the only real difference being the rear seats which are going to integrated a roll-over bar in them. On top of that, it will still get the brand new dashboard with the digital instruments, the engraved steering wheel, as well as the aluminum air vents. As standard it will come with cloth upholstery, but this will be easily upgradable to leather on the slightly more expensive models. The convertible should also get an option of differently colored soft-top but this remains to be seen in the near future.
The exterior will differ a bit more than the coupe with a new design for the back end, which is going to be slightly higher than that of the Camaro Six coupe. On top of that, the taillights are going to differ slightly in design in order to give it more flair when the soft-top is down. The front end of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, on the other hand, will receive the same brand new design as that of the coupe with the LED and Xenon headlights, the subtle grille and vertical daytime running lights with the big air intakes in the bumper.
Engines, Performance, Specs, Transmission
Engine wise, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible is going to be identical to the coupe version but massively different than the previous generation. For the first time in 30 years the base car is going to make use of a turbocharged 2-liter engine with four cylinders, delivering up to 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Further up the range there is going to be a naturally aspirated 3.6L V-6 with 335 horsepower and 284 lb-ft of twist, while the top of the range engine is going to come straight from the Corvette. This 6.2L V-8 with direct injection will produce 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough to make the Camaro faster than the base Corvette.
All of these powertrains will come with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard and rear wheel drive, while an 8-speed auto transmission will be offered as an option. It is uncertain just yet but all the next generation Camaro 2016 models might come equipped with a limited slip differential which would give it an edge against the new Ford Mustang.
2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Release Date
The release date for the convertible has been announced to be at the end of 2015 and it should go into production by the start of 2016. Its price will be quite similar to that of its main competitor, the Mustang Convertible, with a base of around $34,500 and the higher end versions going to as far as $40,000. There are also going to be some special edition models which are going to fetch well over $60,000, but all of these are going to be built in limited numbers.
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