First Convertible Camaro unveiled

First Convertible Camaro unveiled

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2017 Camaro Convertible: Segment’s most advanced top is fully automatic, with refined appearance
2017 Camaro Convertible: Segment’s most advanced top is fully automatic, with refined appearance

LET the sun shine in. Chevrolet will offer a convertible model of the 2017 Camaro, now available at dealerships across the Middle East, featuring the segment’s most advanced top.

The 2017 Camaro is the only convertible in the segment to offer all of the following:

• Fully automatic operation with latches that automatically release and secure the top

• Capability of opening or closing at speeds up to 48 km/h

• Remote opening with the key fob

• A hard tonneau cover that deploys automatically, providing a more refined, finished appearance when the top is lowered and stowed.

The electro-hydraulic power roof system features multilayer construction – including acoustic and thermal barriers – designed for a comfortable, quiet driving experience in all seasons. The top emulates the sleek silhouette of the Camaro coupe.

Like the Camaro coupe, the convertible benefits from a stiffer, lighter structure that helps reduce total vehicle weight by at least 91 kg compared to the model it replaces. Consequently, the Camaro convertible retains the coupe’s sharp chassis tuning and nimble reflexes.

“From the beginning, the Camaro’s architecture was developed to incorporate a convertible with uncompromised driving dynamics,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “Customers will appreciate what they don’t feel: quivers, cowl shake or an under-damped chassis typically found in a four-seat convertible.”

The architecture also enables the Camaro convertible’s sleek design, allowing the top to fold down completely beneath the belt line. The hard tonneau cover automatically covers the folded top, creating a finished appearance.

“With many convertibles, you have to affix a tonneau cover manually – if it’s done at all,” said Tom Peters, design director. “The Camaro convertible’s automatically deploying hard tonneau not only makes it easier to enjoy convertible driving when the inspiration hits, it ensures the car always looks its best.”

The 2017 Camaro, the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro, offers higher levels of performance, technology and refinement. An all-new 3.6L V-6 producing and SAE-certified 335 horsepower, and the LT1 6.2L V-8, which is SAE-certified at 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque – the most powerful Camaro SS ever. The eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on the V6 and is available on the V8.

Camaro’s leaner, stiffer platform and slightly smaller dimensions are accentuated by a dramatic, sculpted exterior. Meticulously tuned in the wind tunnel, the exterior contributes to performance through reduced aerodynamic lift for better handling, while enhancing highway fuel efficiency.

Inside, the driver-focused cabin integrates class-leading control technologies, including a new Driver Mode Selector, configurable instrument cluster and a customizable ambient lighting feature.

The 2017 Camaro coupe and convertible will be produced at General Motors’ Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Lansing, Mich.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest automotive brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and pickups a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heartbeat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. The Chevrolet portfolio for the Middle East features award-winning passenger cars such as the Spark, Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Camaro and Corvette; crossovers such as the Captiva, Trax and Traverse; and, SUVs and pickups including the Tahoe and Silverado. Chevrolet also offers customers a high-level aftersales service experience through Chevrolet Complete Care.

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