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Trevor Collett | Jun, 25 2015 | 4 Comments

Chevrolet has pulled the covers from its 2016 Camaro Convertible for an official unveiling in the US.

The unveiling comes just days after pictures of the new model were leaked online, and around a month after the hardtop version was revealed in Detroit.

Holden fans hoping for a local debut will be disappointed however, as the carmaker’s promised V8 sports model is unlikely to wear a Camaro badge with GM planning no right-hand-drive production - yet.

Chevrolet says one of the key features of the Camaro Convertible is its fabric roof, which has the ability to latch and unlatch itself from the windscreen frame.

The roof is constructed from several layers of material to ensure maximum sound deadening, and will be neatly stored underneath a new hard tonneau cover when the occupants want some top-down motoring.

A multilayer roof also assists with temperature control, keeping temps down inside the cabin during hot days and helping the climate control system to heat or cool the cabin with the roof up.

The roof can be opened or closed remotely using the key fob, and can also be opened or closed while travelling at speeds up to 30 MPH (48km/h).

The Camaro Convertible has been on the same diet as its hardtop sibling, with GM stripping around 91kg from the new model thanks in part to stiffer yet lighter construction materials and the use of the Alpha platform which replaces the Zeta from the outgoing model.

Chevrolet is yet to confirm which engines will power the Camaro Convertible, but expect the line-up to largely mirror that of the hardtop (and its Ford Mustang rival).

That means a direct-injected 205kW/400Nm 2.0 litre turbo petrol option, drawn from Cadillac’s midsized ATS and large CTS, along with a naturally-aspirated 3.6 litre petrol V6 producing 245kW and 385Nm.

A V8 version is inevitable, of course, and the same LT1 6.2 litre V8 churning out 340kW and 616Nm of torque is expected to be shared with the hardtop.

All three engines can be had with either a six-speed manual or a paddle-shifted eight-speed auto in the hardtop, and the V8 also boasts a rev-matching system that blips the throttle on downshifts.

Inside, customers will find a selectable ambiance lighting system and a multi-display instrument cluster. The rear seats have also been retained for the new model.

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible is set to arrive in US showrooms from the beginning of next year.

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