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The new Chevrolet Camaro is a 455bhp V8 drop-top
Fancy a slice of open-sky Americana with a whacking great V8? Step this way, sir
Yep, following the reveal of the new, sixth-generation Camaro Coupe last month comes this, the folding-roof version of the Mustang’s long-time sparring partner.
It won’t shake, either, at least according to Chevy. “Customers will appreciate what they don’t feel: quivers, cowl-shakes or an under-damped chassis typically found in a four-seat convertible,” says Camaro chief engineer, Al Oppenheiser.
We’re told the lastest generation Camaro platform - the one spun from the new Cadillac ATS saloon - was always designed with a convertible in mind, and thus won’t rattle your fillings out when faced with roads of questionable quality. For which read ‘Britain’.
There’s a proper, hard-tonneau folding roof with acoustic and thermal barriers to promote comfort and calm. It’ll open and close automatically at the touch of a button, and at speeds of up to 30mph.
There’s no mention of exactly how long this process will take, but anyway, roof up, Chevy says it looks just like the “sleek silhouette of the coupe”.
That new platform brings weight advantages too, with the new Camaro convertible some 90kg lighter than the old Camaro convertible. Just like the coupe.
And just like the coupe, you’ll get the choice of either a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, producing 275bhp, an all-new 3.6-litre V6 with 335bhp, or the Camaro convertible ‘SS’. That car gets a proper 6.2-litre ‘LT1’ V8 - the same as the new ‘Vette - and is good for 455bhp and 455lb ft of torque.
Both are available with either a six-speed manual gearbox, or an eight-speed auto.
As with the coupe, we’d expect the new Camaro convertible to be offered over here in the UK too. It’ll likely land at some point in 2016, though in left-hand-drive only.