The new Chevrolet Camaro convertible has been revealed, just one day after leaked images of the new model appeared online.
Joining the sixth-generation Camaro range, the convertible features a folding soft-top roof which can be opened and closed at speeds of up to 30mph.
Rivalling the Ford Mustang in both coupé and convertible forms, the new Camaro is 57mm shorter, 20mm narrower and 28mm lower than the outgoing fifth-generation car.
The new Camaro is based on GM’s Alpha platform, with more than 60kg saved from the car’s structure compared to the previous car. The Camaro’s kerb weight has also been reduced by 90kg in both coupé and convertible forms, a significant saving on the fifth-generation model’s 1687kg.
Chevrolet says the most significant weight savings have come from replacing the instrument panel frame with an aluminium unit and introducing a new five-link rear suspension system. A MacPherson suspension set-up features at the front.
As a result, the US firm says the new Camaro “delivers better lap times than the fifth-generation’s track-focused Camaro 1LE package”.
The new Camaro’s engine line-up includes a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit that produces 271bhp and 295lb ft, with maximum torque arriving between 3000 and 4500rpm. It’s capable of propelling the Camaro to 60mph in under six seconds and can return more than 30mpg, which makes this the most efficient Camaro ever.
Camaros with this engine also get the option of a sound enhancement system, which “amplifies the native sounds” of the powertrain.
Also available is a new 3.6-litre V6 petrol, which produces 330bhp and 284lb ft and includes cylinder deactivation technology for the first time.