From Races To Road Trips, The New Camaro Is Good for Any Journey
Chevrolet added some brand new members to its family this year, and it’s not going to be easy to pick your favorite. Meet the Camaro family.
Whichever model you seem to lean towards, LS/LT, SS, Convertible or ZL1, you won’t go wrong. Each of these, in fact, is a product of stylish motoring combined with quality and comfort.
Equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (275 hp 295 lb-ft), the LS and LT models can be upgraded with a 3.6-liter V6 (335 hp, 284 lb-ft). The 1LS and 2LT have a six-speed manual transmission while the 1LT has an eight-speed automatic. Both LS and LT models, however are rear-wheel-drive.
More generally, however, engines range from 275-hp 2.0-liter turbo-4 to a 335-hp 3.6-liter V-6, a 455-hp 6.2-liter V-8 in the SS models, and a supercharged 6.2 in the ZL1 that makes 650 hp. Those who enjoy a day at the racetrack and are more generally built for speed, will most likely find satisfaction in the new 1LE package for both the V-6 and 455-hp V-8, as well as the extreme ZL1 1LE package.
Except for the above-mentioned new track-focused 1LE package, which helps this car climbing the ranks and become a real sports car and can also be installed on the 2SS model, not a whole lot else is different from the 2017 models.
While the 2018 model is a bit smaller than its 2017 predecessor, its rear still presents pronounced haunches, the waist line is high and the top has a decisive and sharped chopped look. All of this suggests that the general outlook is clearly still inspired by the retro looks of the first 1960s version of this car. Moreover, the Camaro is based on General Motors’ Alpha platform, which is shared with the Cadillac ATS.
The thin grille is a clear reference to the 1967-68 models, while the last generation recalled the ’69 Camaro. This is because 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the famous pony car. Thus Chevrolet decided to celebrate the event with a special edition that feature a similarly designed grille 20-inch wheels, exterior stripes and colored brake calipers.
The 2018 models, then, kept the vintage-inspired thin grille design, while maintaining an overall ferocious look with a prominent hood and a suinty set of headlights, which makes it look quite mendacious from the side.
None of this, however, gets in way of the comfort provided by its interiors.
The inside surely looks a bit more open than previous models as well as more finely designed, seamless and high quality materials, all of which is topped by a lower dash, which amplifies the feeling of spaciousness, especially on the passenger side.
Camaro’s sporty intentions, however, come to plain sight once you you get the car on the road. While all models are fairly quick, the different powertrains will determine how quick.
With a 2.0-liter turbo-4 (275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque) Chevrolet’s reports reveal a 0-60 mph time of just 5.4 seconds.
A 3.6-liter V-6, which features direct injection and cylinder deactivation, and spins out 335 hp and 284 lb-ft of torque, will get you from 0 to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds.
6.2-liter LT1 V-8, with a 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque, will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds.
In terms of safety, Camaro comes with the standard set of features such as rearview camera, eight airbags including dual knee bags, and all the mandatory safety features like tire-pressure monitors and traction and stability control. However, forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, which has performed very well in crash-tests, adds an extra layer of safety, which never hurts.
What ultimately makes this car a viable option for everyone is the fact that you can build your own. By giving you the ability to choose from different models, engines, configurations, trims packages as well as color, interiors and exteriors, Chevrolet make you the creator of a unique and personalized piece of automotive.
Prices start at $27,000 or a simple $299 per month for 39 months with $3,169 due at signing on Camaro Coupe LT.