New Camaro convertible adds extra convenience and high-tech features
- Segment: Sports car
- Start of sales: Late 2013
Featuring a fast, low-slung silhouette and Chevrolet's new MyLink connected radio, the latest model of the famed American muscle car represents the most significant redesign since the introduction of the fifth-generation Camaro as a concept car in 2006. It incorporates new high-tech features that add extra convenience and give customers even more value for their money.
The Chevrolet Camaro convertible has a configuration similar to the coupe, including the suspension system and an enhanced body structure that ensure coupe-like driving fun and precise handling quality.
The top is made of thick, durable canvas and features acoustical headliner material that provides quiet ride when up and incorporates a glass rear window and rear window defogger. It latches with a single, convenient central handle. A folding one-piece tonneau covers the folded top for a finished appearance. The engines and transmissions used in the convertible are identical to those in the coupe.
The new model of the Camaro boasts improved high-performance aerodynamics that provide more efficient cooling and stability at high speeds. The front fascia has a wider lower grille and a narrower upper grille, while the functional hood vent helps reduce heat and aerodynamic lift. At the rear, a sculptural deck lid, horizontal lamps and a diffuser complete the new design. Both the coupe and the convertible sport a spoiler with integral antenna.
Power is supplied by the proven 6.2L V8 engine which is mated to a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission. The automatic transmission model includes active fuel management and cam phasing (VVT). The manual transmission version churns out 432 hp (318 kW) at 5,900 rpm and a torque of 569 Nm at 4,600 rpm. Zero to 100 acceleration is 5.2 seconds for the manual coupe and 5.4 seconds for the manual convertible.
Standard driving aid systems include Hill Start Assist on manual transmissions and electric power steering. A rearview camera provides assistance during parking maneuvers.
Entering the new Camaro is straightforward and comfortable, thanks to standard remote keyless entry; on the automatic variant, customers can opt for a remote engine start functionality. Leather-appointed power adjustable Recaro sport bucket seats can be selected in the front for the coupe variant.
Further interior highlights include a new color head-up display and the new Chevrolet MyLink connected radio that is located in the center stack. The radio is built around a seven-inch high resolution full-color touch screen and has a clean, icon-based display menu.
The new Chevrolet MyLink connected radio allows users to open phone books, personal playlists, and photo galleries from compatible smartphones. Connectivity is provided through USB, Bluetooth and aux-in. In addition to voice recognition, this system offers text-to-speech capability, which allows users to listen to text messages from their smartphone.
In addition, customers can opt to purchase an integrated navigation system with coverage of all of Europe. As is the case with all Chevrolet MyLink radios, owners will be able to upgrade the new system with dedicated apps once they become available.
Status: November 2013