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2014 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible


The 2014 Camaro lineup is slowly coming into focus with the debut of the 2014 Camaro Convertible at the Frankfurt Auto Show .

Following up on the 2014 Camaro SS , Chevrolet took the reigns of the new-look muscle car and adapted it quite nicely to the convertible variant There’s something to be said for the improved looks, which we laud Chevy for doing considering that the previous styling was getting up there in age.

But the new Camaro Convertible is more than just its new looks. As its name suggests, the drop-top feature is always a plus, especially in its market. Power wasn’t also compromised in favor of its aesthetics, which should bode well for anybody who wants a muscle car that offers plenty in the styling department too.

Overall, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro delivers on Chevy’s promise to give the muscle car the "most significant redesign since the introduction of the fifth-generation Camaro as a concept vehicle in 2006".

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Exterior

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Just like the recently-unveiled 2014 Camaro SS, the new Camaro Convertible makes good use of all the changes Chevrolet did to the American muscle. Notice that a louvered heat extractor now sits on the center section of the hood, a clear change from the single nostril that dominated the Camaro’s looks in the part and, at least in this case, helps reduce heat and aerodynamic lift.

More noticeable is the wider lower grille and the narrower upper grille, a clear departure from the "fat" grille Chevrolet used on the 2013 model. The change in function and appearance shouldn’t go unstated, especially for a muscle car that now looks more, well, muscular, than ever before.

And of course, don’t forget about the soft-top roof that raises its hand as the clear distinction between the coupe and convertible models. Chevrolet didn’t go into details on the roof mechanism, but we expect it to be akin to what it did on the 2013 model. What that means is it could the same three-layer top that stows flat with the trunk lid, a process that could take up to 20 seconds. There should also be a tonneau cover - maybe an option on the 2014 Camaro Convertible? - somewhere in there.

Interior

Just like in the coupe model, the Camaro Convertible makes way for some modest interior changes.

Remote keyless entry has been a standard feature on the muscle car, a subtle improvement but one that not too many people will care about in the long run.

There is a new color heads-up display, which is a plus. Add that to the new Chevrolet MyLink connected radio and the 7-inch, high-resolution full-color touch screen right in the middle of the center stack and you can also call that a slight improvement. Functionally speaking, the MyLink system is a boon for owners of the Camaro Convertible. It’s got a multitude of cool features and upgrading the system with dedicated apps, including an integrated navigation system with coverage of all of Europe, isn’t all that difficult to do.

One of the drawbacks on the drop-top Camaro is the apparent absence of those Recaro sport bucket seats, something Chevrolet apparently left to the faculties of the coupe model. Can’t say we’re surprised but we’re definitely disappointed.

Performance

The Chevrolet Camaro Convertible will be powered by the same 6.2-liter V-8 engine you will find in the coupe version. The engine is capable of hitting 432 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 420 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm while mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed VVT automatic transmission. Taking those number into the equation, the Camaro Convertible is capable of covering 62 mph in just 5.4 seconds to go with a top speed of about 155 mph.

We’re sure a V-6 engine will find its way in there, but there are no details on it just yet.

Pricing

Deliveries of the 2014 Camaro Convertible is expected to begin later this year at select Chevy dealerships across Europe. Anybody interested should probably start saving up on the €44,990 price tag its going to come in. That’s about $60,000 based on current exchange rates. There are no details yet on the U.S. model pricing.

Competition

Ford Mustang Convertible

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible

A Camaro or a Mustang? That’s been one of the most asked questions in the history of the auto industry and rightfully so.

Enter in the 2014 Mustang Convertible, which you can have in V-6 or V-8 flavors. The base Mustang Convertible comes with a 305-horsepower V-6 engine, which is plenty to keep the average driver entertained.For those that want a little extra oomph, there is the Mustang GT Convertible and its 420-horsepower V-8 powerplant.

Conclusion

You can’t go wrong with a convertible that packs that much punch in its engine like the 2014 Camaro Convertible. Sure, there are some drawbacks - the ’blah’ interior, for one - to the overall package, but for the most part, it’s a car that should be high up on your list if you’re looking for one with power and style in spades.

LOVE IT
  • Exterior look is a winner
  • Can’t go wrong with 420 horsepower
  • Price you can afford
LEAVE IT
  • Not a lot to brag about on the interior side
  • Closed roof doesn’t do much to drown out the outside noise
  • Other options at its price range

Press Release

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

FRANKFURT – At the 65th Frankfurt Motor Show, Chevrolet will debut the new Camaro convertible and coupe. Featuring a fast, low-slung silhouette and Chevrolet’s new MyLink connected radio, the latest edition of the famed American muscle car represents the most significant redesign since the introduction of the fifth-generation Camaro as a concept vehicle in 2006.

"Camaro has always been associated with iconic design, high performance and driving fun, and we are particularly proud of the new coupe and convertible models," said Dr. Thomas Sedran, President and Managing Director, Chevrolet Europe. "They incorporate new high-tech features that add extra convenience and give customers even more value for their money," Sedran added.

Enhanced aerodynamics

The new 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 delivers 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.

Interior offers modern convenience and connectivity

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 heads-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 will be provided through USB, Bluetooth and aux-in. In addition to voice recognition, the system offers text-to-speech capability*, which allows users to listen to text messages from their smartphone. A rearview camera is standard.

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.

Competitive price tag for a true muscle car

The new Camaro will arrive at select Chevrolet dealerships across Europe toward the end of the year. With prices starting from €39,990 for the coupe and €44,990 for the convertible in Germany, it is a compelling choice for performance-oriented drivers.

There is, however, much more to the Camaro than great value and affordability. Its rugged strength, iconic design and unique muscle car attributes have stolen the hearts and imaginations of countless people and have provided subject matter for wall posters, T-shirts, and songs for decades.

Famously described to journalists in summer 1966 as a "small vicious animal that eats Mustangs", the original Camaro was built around a unibody structure and a 3.9L straight six engine. Since then, five progressively more capable generations of the Camaro have thrilled car fans around the globe. Until 1968, Camaros were assembled from complete knock down (CKD) kits at two General Motors’ European plants in Antwerp, Belgium, and Biel, Switzerland.

Performance has always been an essential ingredient of Camaro’s DNA and consequently, it has seen action in many forms of auto racing, including the spectacular drag races, where specially prepared vehicles, usually two at a time, compete along a straight course to make it first across a set finish line.

As much a part of Americana as apple pie and baseball, Camaros have featured in several Hollywood movies, such as runaway bride (1999), a walk to remember (2003), and, of course, Transformers (2007, 2009, 2011), in which the Chevrolet Camaro sports car had a starring role as Bumblebee.

In March 2013, the latest edition of the Camaro Z28, considered by many to be the most iconic and exclusive model in Camaro history, was unveiled at the New York Auto Show. Powered by a 7.0L V8 engine developed in conjunction with Corvette Racing and capable of churning out an estimated 500 hp (373 kW) and 637 Nm of torque, the new Camaro Z28 is suitably equipped to live up to the nameplate’s proud heritage.



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