There is not a lot that can make a bitchin’ Camaro even more bitchin’. Some claim the coupe is perfect as it is, but others want to experience the grunt of the 6.2L V8 engine with the sun on their brow and the wind in their hair.
For those folks there is the 2015 Chevy Camaro Convertible.
That V8 puts out 400hp and 420 lb/feet of torque. Power goes to the rear wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. A 6-speed manual is also an option and it gives you more horsepower to boot: 426 ponies there.
The rag top unlatches at the center of the frame with a quick twist. And that’s about the only part of the rag top that’s quick.
The top takes a full 20 seconds to fully drop, and it’s not a one touch button. You must keep your finger on the button for the full 20 seconds. When the top is fully retracted the motor stops and your day just got a bit sunnier.
When putting the top up, again the button must remain pushed for the entire 20 seconds. However, the motor did not stop when the top was fully in place. Using the twist handle to lock the top in place requires a bit of muscle.
As you would expect, trunk space suffers in the convertible. With the top up you merely get 10.2 cu/ft of space, and a tiny 7.5 cu/ft when the top is dropped.
There are many other convertibles on the market that offer quicker access to the outside, but despite these minor annoyances, the Camaro is a delightful place to spend the afternoon.
A full review is coming soon. In the meantime, if you like your muscle to keep its shirt on, check out this mashup of the Chevy Camaro, Ford Mustang, and Dodge Challenger as they make their way from 0-60 mph.