Clear the Way for the Chevrolet Camaro


The muscle legend of the Chevrolet Camaro stood the test of time without a single issue, developing into a stunningly styled vehicle packed with features - a joy-to-drive, fire breathing, monster of a car. The latest version introduces many modern styling cues, high-tech solutions and even a low-emissions I4 engine option to go with the V6 and V8 beasts, but it always stays true to the immense heritage behind the car.

Design of the Chevrolet Camaro

The Camaro in the ZL1 form is obviously the most stunning of them all. However, the biggest part of the Camaro’s look is the overall shape of the car combined with sharp and aggressive details, and those are shared among all versions. This means that even the entry level car looks spectacular.

The front of the Chevrolet Camaro hosts a narrow top line that includes a thin grille, Chevrolet logo and stylish headlights. The wider lower part, with its large intakes and sharp front lip, looks like the mouth of a roaring beast. Only upon noticing this do you realize that the headlights serve as the eyes of the beast and that the angular, modern shape is deeply rooted in the natural, historic shapes of the vehicle.

Bulging wheel arches border the sculpted door, and vastly add to the Camaro’s aggressive look while the minimalist rear gives just enough hints to tell you that this is a beast.

The old Camaros were design benchmarks and it might seem difficult to incorporate the timeless muscle car elements into the modern styling approach, but the latest Camaro shows how it should be done.

Interior of the Chevrolet Camaro

Step inside the Camaro and you will feel cocooned within this wonderfully designed interior. The central console is wide, dashboard is vertically dominant and the window line is pretty high. All these things combine to give the feeling of seclusion from the rest of the world. But that’s all right. You have all you need right where you are. The gear selector is really close to the steering wheel, as is the touchscreen and dashboard controls. It is very easy to find the best driving position and regardless of your preferred setting, you will not have any problems controlling the car, even in extreme driving conditions.

Materials are also very good. All those surfaces that surround the driver are bathed in soft-touch surfaces. A special touch is exposed stitching on the leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter.

MyLink infotainment is standard and available with 7” or 8” touchscreens. The infotainment screen is really high up, very bright and easy to read and control. The interface is intuitive and it comes packed with features as standard. However, as you go for higher trim levels, the perks keep increasing, adding more safety, visibility and infotainment possibilities. However, even the base model brings Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Engines and Drive of the Chevrolet Camaro

The latest Camaro comes with three engine options. The entry level one is a 2.0 l turbo with hefty 275 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque from just 3000 revs. It can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic. Even though it only has four cylinders it packs enough punch to leave behind most other cars on the road.

The 3.6 l V6 goes to 355 hp and 284 lb-ft of torque. It is naturally aspirated which means that it gives smooth acceleration and craves higher revs to release the Chevrolet Camaros full potential.

The benefits of having the 3.6 are upped a notch with a naturally aspirated 6.2 l V8 which gives the same natural feel, but with added power that comes to 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque.

Slap a supercharger to the 6.2 V8 and you get the flaming beast that propels the most powerful Camaro. Its power stands at 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Depending on the version it is paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic.

Even with the least powerful engine the Camaro can reach 100km/h in about 5.5 seconds. The fastest version’s sprint to 100 takes just 3.5 seconds. So, the Camaro is a capable machine with any engine.

It is also reasonably comfortable for a sports car. The front seats are very accommodating and they give reassuring support for hard cornering. There are two distinctive suspension offerings. The standard one gives a really good combination of comfort and cornering, hitting that sweet spot that many performance cars miss. However, step up to the adaptive suspension and there is no reason to compromise. It will smooth even harder bumps and at the same time keep the car in check on the track.

Trim Levels for the Chevrolet Camaro

There are 6 trim levels and two body styles for the Chevrolet Camaro – coupe and convertible. The trim levels include 1LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1SS, 2SS and ZL1.

The 1LS comes with the 2.0 turbo with 275 hp, hill start assist and hardcore limited slip differential. ABS is also standard, as is 4-wheel independent suspension, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with traction control, 18” aluminum wheels, power mirrors, rearview camera, keyless unlock and start, automatic climate control with air filtration and particulate and pollen filter, 3-mode driver mode selector, leather-wrapped, flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel, power seats, 7” infotainment screen with MyLink, teen driver control, Bluetooth, USB chargers, Wi-Fi hotspot and more.

Of course, there are loads of optional features that you can add, but even this entry level version is jam-packed with features.

The 1LT adds just two features. The 8-speed automatic becomes standard and the car gets a remote starting system.

The 2LT adds dual-zone climate, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated and ventilated leather bucket seats for the front, 8” touchscreen, premium Bose sound system and universal home remote programmable transmitter.

The 1SS adds the mentioned naturally aspirated 6.2 V8 with 455 hp with dedicated oil cooler, improved cooling system, active rev matching for the manual version, limited slip differential with dedicated cooler on the coupe version, Brembo brakes, performance suspension, HID headlamps, 20” wheels, rear spoiler, configurable 8” display for the driver info alongside the 8” infotainment and 4-mode driver mode selector.

The 2SS adds auto-dimming driver side mirror, blind spot monitoring, lane change alert, rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert, illuminated doorsill plates, spectrum lighting for the interior, aluminum accents, colour head-up display with remarkably many features including readouts for g-meter, speed, rpm, gearbox, audio system, high beam, turn signals, turn-by-turn and phone. Even though this may seem cluttered, it is not. There are more features such as heated steering wheel, 2-position memory for the seat and power mirrors and wireless charging port. If the 1SS is a rough V8 muscle car, the 2SS is a version that brings the safety and luxury to a much higher level, while keeping the performance potential of the 1SS.

However, if you want more in terms of power, go for the ZL1. It adds a supercharger to the V8 for massive 650 hp with auxiliary coolers for the engine and gearbox, more hardcore Brembo brakes, Magnetic Ride Control suspension, electronic limited-slip differential with a cooler, dedicated 20” dark graphite forged aluminum wheels, Recaro seats, sport alloy pedals and suede microfiber-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter.

Trim levels can be further enhanced either via individual optional features, or special equipment packages. Some of the packages bring track-oriented features to lower trim models, while others are designed to enhance styling and comfort.

The Chevrolet Camaro is a true beast, both on the road and on the track. At Okotoks GM, we’re happy to answer any questions you have. Come into our Okotoks car dealership near Calgary at 101 Northgate Drive, give us a call at (403) 938-7874, or book a test drive online and experience the Camaros power for yourself.

Categories: New Inventory
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