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2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Sheds Weight, Keeps Sleek Profile

Convertible model arrives in early 2016.

The ManufacturerphotographerJake HolmeswriterPatrick M. Hoeyphotographer

If there's one thing even cooler than cruising around in a brand-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, it's doing so with the sun shining down on you. As has been the case for all but the second generation of the Camaro, the new sixth-generation car will also offer a convertible model. Revealed today, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro convertible goes on sale in early 2016.

The power-folding soft top can be opened or closed at speeds up to 30 mph, and when the car is parked, owners can even control the top via the Camaro's remote. The entire top operation is automatic, so there's no need for drivers to unlatch anything before opening the cabin up to the atmosphere. When the roof is lowered, a hard tonneau cover automatically fits over the fabric roof for a tidier appearance than the exposed, folded roof in the outgoing droptop Camaro. Overall, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro convertible does an admirable job of maintaining the sleek profile and looks of its hardtop sibling.

Like the coupe, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro convertible switches to the same Alpha platform used for the Cadillac ATS and CTS. In the process, the convertible sheds around 200 pounds compared to its predecessor. Although Chevrolet hasn't shared exact figures, that should mean the new model tips the scales around 3,800-4,000 lb, depending on trim level and engine.

Despite the reduction in mass, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro convertible is said to be 28 percent stiffer than before. Whereas the last Camaro convertible twisted and trembled over every railroad crossing, Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser claims such quivering won't be noticeable in the new car.

Convertible buyers can select from the same three engines and two transmission as in the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro coupe. A 275-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-four serves as the base engine, followed by a 335-hp, 3.6-liter V-6, with SS models packing and impressive 455-hp from a 6.2-liter LT1 V-8. Each of the three engines can mate to either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic.

Stay tuned for more information on the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro convertible, including its price tag, over the coming months.