June 25, 2015
Henry Payne

As if the svelte, all-new 2016 Chevy Camaro isn't sexy enough, now it's going topless.

Just a month after rocking the muscle car faithful on Belle Isle with a lightweight coupe, Chevrolet pulled back the curtain on the convertible version at the MotorCity Casino in Detroit Tuesday. Chevy is betting the drop-top will trump rival Ford's hot-selling Mustang by offering the segment's first, fully-automatic, stowed roof.

"With a top like this, the people down the street in Dearborn need to be worried," said Camaro Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser.

Like its sibling Chevy Corvette Stingray and Porsche's Boxster, the sixth-generation Camaro's top can be opened and closed with the push of a button while traveling at speeds of up to 30 mph. Conventional soft tops on the current Camaro and Mustang, operate only when the vehicle is stationary and require some manual muscle to decouple from the roof.

What's more, the Camaro's soft top — designed by Tom Peters who also oversaw the Stingray convertible — will disappear when stored under a rear tonneau cover that is indistinguishable from the car's sheet metal.

"We are the only ones in our segment doing a soft top with hard tonneau that cycles at speed," Oppenheiser said. "It'll be commensurate to convertible pricing today, which starts at about $33,000."

The Detroit News