Chevrolet waited two years before rolling out the convertible version of the fifth-generation Camaro. The timeline may be different for the Alpha-based sixth-generation car, though, with the development work on the drop top version already well underway.
Spy photographers from AutoEvolution caught a sixth-generation Camaro Convertible prototype out testing. There’s no surprises here, with the sixth-gen Camaro’s evolutionary design adopting a folding soft top roof similar to the outgoing model’s. The new Camaro Convertible may integrate the roof better into the decklid when its retracted than the current car does, just as Ford did in moving to the 2015 Mustang Convertible.
Apart from the roof, the new Camaro Convertible will likely carryover all the same components from the coupe. That means Chevrolet’s 6.2-liter LT1 or another V8 may power SS models, with V6 and a potential four-cylinder engine option also available. It will ride on a version of General Motors’ Alpha platform, which will be longer than the ATS Coupe’s but not quite as long as the CTS’. A manual transmission will be offered, along with GM’s new 8L90E eight-speed automatic transmission.
It’s hard to say so early on, but the convertible Camaro may debut alongside its fixed roof partner sometime next year. In the meantime, check out the spy photos here.