While the United States has already gotten an eyeful of GM’s design changes for the 2014 Camaro model, Europe is now getting its first taste as well as an exclusive first peak at the convertible version. GM chose the 65th Frankfurt Motor Show to debut the rag-top with the enhanced aerodynamics and interior electronics.
The styling changes to the 2014 Camaro were made to improve the aerodynamics for more efficient cooling and high-speed stability. Starting at the nose, the front fascia features (most noticeably) a narrower upper grille with a wider lower grille, and functional hood vents to reduce heat and aerodynamic lift – similar to the ZL1, but smaller and minus the expensive carbon. In the rear, the horizontal taillights are an obvious departure. The deck lid and spoiler have also been reshaped, and integrate the antenna for a more seamless design.
Moving to the interior, a new color heads-up display and Chevrolet MyLink connect to the center stack with a built-in hi-res full-color touch screen. Via the USB connection, you can access phone books, personal playlists, and photo galleries from compatible smartphones. In addition to USB, there is also Bluetooth and an auxiliary input. Plus voice recognition allows text-to-speech capability, and the rearview camera is standard.
In case you are wondering, the 432hp European version is said to achieve 0-to-100kph times of 5.4 seconds, thanks to its 6.2L V-8 and manual trans. This comes at a price tag of 44,990-Euros in Germany. Stand by for more updates when the 'vert comes stateside.
2014 Camaro Convertible on display at the 65th Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA)
2014 Camaro Convertible (Euro version)
2014 Camaro Convertible (US version)
Full-color heads-up display
USB connectivity with My Link