Chevrolet will offer a 2016 Camaro convertible that will go on sale early next year.

An electro-hydraulic power roof system features multilayer construction designed for comfortable, quiet driving in all seasons. The top mimics the sleek silhouette of the Camaro coupe.

“The 2016 Camaro coupe will set the benchmark for the segment in terms of technology, performance, and design,” said Todd Christensen, Camaro marketing manager. “Adding the most sophisticated top in the segment brings another level of refinement.”

Like the Camaro coupe, the convertible has a stiffer, lighter structure that weighs about 200 pounds less than the model it replaces.

“From the beginning, the Camaro’s architecture was developed to incorporate a convertible with uncompromised driving dynamics,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “Customers will appreciate what they don’t feel: quivers, cowl shake or an under-damped chassis typically found in a four-seat convertible.”

The structure enables the top to fold down completely beneath the belt line. The hard cover automatically covers the folded top.

The convertible will come in either the LT or SS trim levels, but with six powertrain combinations, including a 2.0-liter turbo rated at 275 horsepower; an 3.6-liter V6 producing 335 horsepower, and the LT1 6.2L V8, which is certified at 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. Each engine is available with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

The car’s leaner, stiffer platform and smaller dimensions are accentuated by a sculpted exterior. Meticulously tuned in a wind tunnel, the exterior contributes to performance through better aerodynamics for better handling while enhancing highway fuel efficiency.

The 2016 Camaro, in all variations, will be assembled at General Motors’ Lansing Grand River plant.

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