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    2014 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Goes European



    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    August 23, 2013

    When Chevrolet introduced the 2014 Camaro at this year's New York Auto Show, they only showed the coupe. We were wondering when Chevrolet would announce, let alone show it. Well we now know. Much like the Corvette Stingray convertible, the 2014 Camaro Convertible will make its official debut in Europe.

    To be shown at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show, the Camaro Convertible is exactly the same as the Coupe, minus the roof. There is a revised front end with a narrower grille and headlights. The back end has a reshaped deck, new headlights, and tweaked diffuser. Interior gets Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system.

    Otherwise, its the same as the current model. We have more information when it makes it debut next month.

    Source: Chevrolet

    Press Release is on Page 2


    New Chevrolet Camaro to make first appearance in Europe

    2013-08-21

    - New Camaro convertible to debut at IAA 2013

    - Aero-optimized design with hood vent, new grille and horizontal tail lamps

    - New Chevrolet MyLink connected radio

    FRANKFURT – At the 65th Frankfurt Motor Show, Chevrolet will debut the new Camaro convertible and coupe. Featuring a fast, low-slung silhouette and Chevrolet's new MyLink connected radio, the latest edition of the famed American muscle car represents the most significant redesign since the introduction of the fifth-generation Camaro as a concept vehicle in 2006.

    "Camaro has always been associated with iconic design, high performance and driving fun, and we are particularly proud of the new coupe and convertible models," said Dr. Thomas Sedran, President and Managing Director, Chevrolet Europe. "They incorporate new high-tech features that add extra convenience and give customers even more value for their money," Sedran added.

    Enhanced aerodynamics

    The new Camaro boasts improved high-performance aerodynamics that provide more efficient cooling and stability at high speeds. The front fascia has a wider lower grille and a narrower upper grille, while the functional hood vent helps reduce heat and aerodynamic lift. At the rear, a sculptural deck lid, horizontal lamps and a diffuser complete the new design. Both the coupe and the convertible sport a spoiler with integral antenna.

    Power is supplied by the proven 6.2L V8 engine which is mated to a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission. The automatic transmission model includes active fuel management and cam phasing (VVT). The manual transmission version churns out 432 hp (318 kW) at 5,900 rpm and delivers a torque of 569 Nm at 4,600 rpm. Zero to 100 acceleration is 5.2 seconds for the manual coupe and 5.4 seconds for the manual convertible.

    Interior offers modern convenience and connectivity

    Entering the new Camaro is straightforward and comfortable, thanks to standard remote keyless entry; on the automatic variant, customers can opt for a remote engine start functionality. Leather-appointed power adjustable Recaro sport bucket seats can be selected in the front for the coupe variant.

    Further interior highlights include a new color heads-up display and the new Chevrolet MyLink connected radio that is located in the center stack. The radio is built around a seven-inch high resolution full-color touch screen and has a clean, icon-based display menu.

    The new Chevrolet MyLink connected radio allows users to open phone books, personal playlists, and photo galleries from compatible smartphones. Connectivity will be provided through USB, Bluetooth and aux-in. In addition to voice recognition, the system offers text-to-speech capability*, which allows users to listen to text messages from their smartphone. A rearview camera is standard.

    In addition, customers can opt to purchase an integrated navigation system with coverage of all of Europe. As is the case with all Chevrolet MyLink radios, owners will be able to upgrade the new system with dedicated apps once they become available.

    Competitive price tag for a true muscle car

    The new Camaro will arrive at select Chevrolet dealerships across Europe toward the end of the year. With prices starting from €39,990 for the coupe and €44,990 for the convertible in Germany, it is a compelling choice for performance-oriented drivers.

    There is, however, much more to the Camaro than great value and affordability. Its rugged strength, iconic design and unique muscle car attributes have stolen the hearts and imaginations of countless people and have provided subject matter for wall posters, T-shirts, and songs for decades.

    Famously described to journalists in summer 1966 as a "small vicious animal that eats Mustangs", the original Camaro was built around a unibody structure and a 3.9L straight six engine. Since then, five progressively more capable generations of the Camaro have thrilled car fans around the globe. Until 1968, Camaros were assembled from complete knock down (CKD) kits at two General Motors' European plants in Antwerp, Belgium, and Biel, Switzerland.

    Performance has always been an essential ingredient of Camaro's DNA and consequently, it has seen action in many forms of auto racing, including the spectacular drag races, where specially prepared vehicles, usually two at a time, compete along a straight course to make it first across a set finish line.

    As much a part of Americana as apple pie and baseball, Camaros have featured in several Hollywood movies, such as runaway bride (1999), a walk to remember (2003), and, of course, Transformers (2007, 2009, 2011), in which the Chevrolet Camaro sports car had a starring role as Bumblebee.

    In March 2013, the latest edition of the Camaro Z28, considered by many to be the most iconic and exclusive model in Camaro history, was unveiled at the New York Auto Show. Powered by a 7.0L V8 engine developed in conjunction with Corvette Racing and capable of churning out an estimated 500 hp (373 kW) and 637 Nm of torque, the new Camaro Z28 is suitably equipped to live up to the nameplate's proud heritage.

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    Funny... despite all the punitive taxes and Global Warming coolaid drinking legislation in the EU the Camaro debuts there exclusively as V8 powered beasts.

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    It is understandable as they are very limited in sales for now as this car lays the ground work for the next gen that will be offered with all the engines from 4-8 and a proper RHD. This is not the first export Camaro model Chevy has done and I expect this one will be similar in numbers,

    This car will sell in so very few numbers and give it a presents in Europe when the new Mustang arrives very soon with out the V8 unless Ford changes its mind.

    The present Camaro is not a Car that the average Euro will embrace. The new smaller lighter car will fit their needs and like a lot more. Unless you are Richard Hammond.

    In other words they wanted to beat Ford to Europe with the Pony car even if the intended car is not ready yet.

    It is simply called Marketing.

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    It is understandable as they are very limited in sales for now as this car lays the ground work for the next gen that will be offered with all the engines from 4-8 and a proper RHD. This is not the first export Camaro model Chevy has done and I expect this one will be similar in numbers,

    This car will sell in so very few numbers and give it a presents in Europe when the new Mustang arrives very soon with out the V8 unless Ford changes its mind.

    The present Camaro is not a Car that the average Euro will embrace. The new smaller lighter car will fit their needs and like a lot more. Unless you are Richard Hammond.

    In other words they wanted to beat Ford to Europe with the Pony car even if the intended car is not ready yet.

    It is simply called Marketing.

    Do you know if the Dumbo Ears side mirrors (also present on the Euro 2014 Corvette) are regulations mandated (mirror area requirement, for example)?

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    It is understandable as they are very limited in sales for now as this car lays the ground work for the next gen that will be offered with all the engines from 4-8 and a proper RHD. This is not the first export Camaro model Chevy has done and I expect this one will be similar in numbers,

    This car will sell in so very few numbers and give it a presents in Europe when the new Mustang arrives very soon with out the V8 unless Ford changes its mind.

    The present Camaro is not a Car that the average Euro will embrace. The new smaller lighter car will fit their needs and like a lot more. Unless you are Richard Hammond.

    In other words they wanted to beat Ford to Europe with the Pony car even if the intended car is not ready yet.

    It is simply called Marketing.

    Do you know if the Dumbo Ears side mirrors (also present on the Euro 2014 Corvette) are regulations mandated (mirror area requirement, for example)?

    I hate to say it but the last I saw and heard Yes.

    The American and Euro mirrors were different even on the last export F body Camaro. they had to change them to meet the rules.

    If I recall then they had to change the mirrors to be larger and folding and they had to incorporate yellow into the rear turn signals.

    Not sure if it is a Euro thing or just some countries but the mirrors can not be ridged as some are here in the state. I guess with the smaller roads they want them to give if you brush a pedestrian. As for size I have not heard but GM always makes them larger. I would have to say they must have a size too meet other wise they have many other smaller mirrors to choose from that fold that would look much better.

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    Here I wish EU and US would just come together to have a logical single standard.

    Personally, I wish we would just make standard the rear tail lights with yell for turn and not all it to be all red which is hard for color blind to see. Folding mirrors also should be standard and a bit bigger to give a proper picture. I have seen far to many broken fixed mirrors on cars that never seem to get fixed.

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    Here I wish EU and US would just come together to have a logical single standard.

    Personally, I wish we would just make standard the rear tail lights with yell for turn and not all it to be all red which is hard for color blind to see. Folding mirrors also should be standard and a bit bigger to give a proper picture. I have seen far to many broken fixed mirrors on cars that never seem to get fixed.

    Agreed on both...I'd love to have power folding mirrors (some higher end cars have 'em), and I miss the orange taillight segments, always looked good on cars that had them in the Big 80s, IMO.

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    Funny... despite all the punitive taxes and Global Warming coolaid drinking legislation in the EU the Camaro debuts there exclusively as V8 powered beasts.

    Kind of funny but most people want a Camaro with a V8. WIthout one it seems like a lackluster car, at least that's how I feel.

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      Tahoe RST available with 6.2L V-8, 10-speed automatic transmission and Magnetic Ride Control DETROIT — Today, Chevy introduced a new special edition for the Tahoe and Suburban: the street-performance Rally Sport Truck, or RST. The Tahoe RST will also be available with a new Performance Package that includes a 420-hp, 6.2L V-8 engine; Magnetic Ride Control with performance calibration; and an all-new Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission.
       “Chevrolet has continually invested in Tahoe and Suburban, developing models with varying combinations of capability, technology and performance to meet the needs of different customers,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Truck Marketing director.  “The RST is designed for customers who want a street performance look without sacrificing capability or refinement, along with the option of increased performance as well.”
      RST will be available on Tahoe and Suburban models in the fall of 2017. Inspired by aftermarket trends, virtually all chrome trim has been eliminated for a street performance appearance. Changes include body-color grille surround and door handles; gloss-black grille and mirror caps; black roof rails, window trim, badging and Chevy bowties. RST also includes exclusive 22-inch wheels wrapped in Bridgestone P285/45R 22 tires.
      Available upgrades for Tahoe and Suburban RST include a Borla performance exhaust system that offers a 28 percent improvement in exhaust flow, for a 7-10-horsepower gain at the rear wheels. An available brake package features massive front red Brembo six-piston, fixed aluminum calipers with brake pads clamping on larger-than-stock 410 x 32mm (16.1 inch x 1.3 inch) Duralife rotors coupled with a 84 percent increase in brake pad area and a 42 percent increase in rotor area to increase system thermal capacity. Duralife™ rotors feature a hardened surface to reduce corrosion and provide quieter braking with less vibration.
      The Tahoe RST will also be offered with an exclusive Performance Package that includes Magnetic Ride Control with performance calibration, 6.2L V-8 and the new 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission.
      This is the first time Tahoe will offer the 6.2L V-8, which delivers an estimated 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. The engine features three state-of-the-art technologies — direct injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing — to make the most of power, torque and efficiency across a broad range of operating conditions.
      The 6.2L V-8 will be paired with an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission. With smaller steps between each ratio, the transmission maximizes engine power under acceleration. With a wide 7.39 overall gear ratio spread and lower numerical top gear ratio, the transmission also improves efficiency by reducing engine revolutions at highway speeds.
      Based on preliminary estimates, the Tahoe RST Performance Package will offer a towing capacity of 8,400 pounds and the truck will be cable of 0-60 mph acceleration in less than 6 seconds. Full performance metrics will be announced closer to launch.
      Magnetic Ride Control is an active suspension that “reads” the road every millisecond, triggering damping changes in the electronically controlled shock absorbers in as few as 5 milliseconds. As a result, the suspension delivers both improved body-motion control during cornering and a more comfortable ride while cruising. The new performance calibration included in the Tahoe RST Performance Package increases body control for even higher levels of responsiveness and comfort.
      “When you want to hustle, it is incredibly fast, with significantly higher levels of acceleration, braking and road-holding grip,” said Eric Stanczak, chief engineer for Chevrolet full-size trucks. “When you want to relax, it is very refined, with exceptional ride comfort and interior quietness.”
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