2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Review: More Than Just Transportation

By Julio Cachila, Parent Herald April 01, 06:20 pm

Chevrolet's new 2016 Camaro Convertible is something that car enthusiasts and "Transformers" fans (if not any car racing movie out there) will certainly like. It's more than just a car you'd want to ride in to get somewhere -- it's a car that will make you want to ride pretty much anywhere.

According to a review by AutoGuide, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible "is more than just a mode of transportation, it's a statement." First because of the way it looks. Secondly, because of how it performs.

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible looks angry, with its headlight design "mimicking an angry scowl" and its front grille frowning. And with a leaner but smaller body, the 2016 Camaro Convertible is something that talks to what's in front before the driver does.

Under the hood, the 2016 Chevy Camaro Convertible boasts a new 275-hp, 295 lb.-ft., 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for the base model. For those looking for more power, there's a droptop Camaro with a 335-hp V6 engine. If that's not enough, a 455-hp, 6.2 liter V8 engine can be had, too.

The 2016 Chevy Camaro Convertible shares the engine of another Chevy great, the Corvette. One great thing about having or riding in a Camaro Convertible, though, is that all the raging and roaring sounds that come purring out of the Camaro's engine can be heard in all its fury. Not to mention the feel of the wind as the car cruises at top speed, and the apparently drastic improvement in one aspect that the Camaro needed over the years: sightlines.

Speaking as to why Chevy did not raise the roof or do something else with the Camaro's body to improve its sightlines, Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser told AutoGuide that it's because of the customers. Oppenheiser said they asked people about what they want improved in the Camaro. Most of them replied, "Well, I can't see out of it."

However, when they were asked if they were willing to sacrifice any of the Camaro's design to improve the sightlines, they all said "Don't change it! We love the styling, that's why we bought it!"

And that's why the sightlines stayed that way. The 2016 Chevy Camaro Convertible, however, does have an advantage because of the roof that can be opened.

The 2016 Chevy Camaro Convertible is priced starting at $33,695 for a 1LT model with a four-cylinder engine. Getting one with the V6 means adding about $1,495, while getting the V8-equipped SS models will cost about $44,295.

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