Its back seat is suitable only for children and its trunk is diminutive. Everything in the car is simple but looks good. That exhaust trickery isn't even an option with the automatic transmission. Despite how it looks, it works quite well. Inside, the flat-bottomed steering wheel is trimmed in suede-like microfiber, affording a sure grip, even when the driver is busy. The throaty V-8s—yes, two of them—are paired to manual and automatic six speeds.
They share some common cheekbones: that rock-'em, sock-'em styling that's beyond polarizing. It's also an instant collectible, whether a coupe or a convertible. Acceleration is extremely quick, with an estimated 4. The details inside and outside of the car are great also. The car is comfortable for a sports car and has a good amount of room. Musclecars can give the impression of poor fuel economy on looks alone. It's been going on since the late 1960s, and after a brief hiatus in Camaro production during the early part of this century, it continues strong today.
Bringing back some regular mechanical buttons to these key features would be a good idea. Southeast Michigan's bombed-out roads unsettled the stiffly sprung sport coupe, but it's totally manageable if you keep two hands on the wheel. On the highway, two hands are definitely required to maintain directional stability, as the wide tires and super-sensitive steering both work to shuffle the big coupe all over the lane if you're not attentive. There's very little squat under full acceleration, just rocketlike thrust complete with rocketlike roar. The styling of the Chevy Camaro isn't polarizing—it's exaggerated for sure, but if you don't like it, you didn't want one anyway.
Holding the stability control switch down for nine seconds will shut the system down entirely, but in this brief session we didn't get quite that brave. Inside, the Camaro's cabin receives retro-themed touches than its sheetmetal; nods to Sixties sleds are mostly found in the Camaro's low-mounted console gauges, nested bezels, and vintage type face. For the 2012 model, the biggest improvements made on the engine was replacing a cast iron exhaust manifold, six bolts, a gasket, and a heat shield and three bolts, with an integrated exhaust manifold cylinder head. There's a bold face, squat haunches, and muscular fenders all heady and evocative of the best Camaros of the past. Inside the 2011 Camaro, the four-passenger cabin retains the same well-executed balance of heritage, modern design, and attention to detail found on the 2010 model.
The same goes for the high capacity fuel pump and additional fuel pickups, there to make sure the 6. They're strapped to a supercharged, 580-horsepower version of the same engine, available with either transmission, and fitted with the same magnetic shocks you'll find in the Corvette and some Cadillacs. The convertibles is fitted with a power-folding soft top with a glass window and a rearview camera as standard. Bluetooth is an option on some models as well. Acres of shiny flexible plastic cover the doors, and the four retro-style gauges on the center console are down too low to be useful. If you're accelerating lazily, the skip-shift lockout on the manual transmission forces you to shift from 1st gear directly to 4th in the name of fuel economy improvement.
But to those few who like to exercise their cars at track days and autocross events, inducing a little oversteer can be worth a second or two per lap. Opt for the Boss 302's garishly painted Laguna Seca package, and you get even more track-oriented, go-fast goodies, like a rear X-brace where the rear seat would be, front brake cooling ducts, an underbody transmission cooler scoop, a 3. Above all other comers, the Camaro's final act is the most difficult one to reconcile. Even getting in and out of the car can be difficult, with the roofline and long, heavy doors stretching the boundaries of convenience. Rearward visibility is compromised for all drivers with thick rear roof supports and a small rear window. All three trims are available in 10 different exterior colors. I dont have kids so the car fits me, I dont have to worry about space, there is plenty for me.
Regardless, 60 mph is achieved in about 5 seconds with all the fury and theatre associated with a 6. The reduction in weight allows for an improved fuel economy - up to 30 mpg - as well as an improvement of the intake airflow - an improvement of 7% - resulting in a power increase of around 11 horsepower. It's maddening and needs some way to be permanently switched off. And the Camaro performance team deemed it important for just one dynamic element: understeer. If you've blotted out a six-cylinder Camaro from your memory because of Berlinettas past, it's time to reconsider.
Plus the app is really cool also. The Camaro's high beltline hinders visibility for drivers of more normal height, all the more so for shorter drivers. Few automotive rivalries generate as much boasting and angst as the 45-year-long Chevrolet Camaro-Ford Mustang cockfight. Full specifications of the 2010-2013 Chevrolet Camaro after the jump. Some crash-test scores are lacking, but the available data show the latest Chevy Camaro to be more crashworthy than any before it--and better than some best-selling sedans. I came out of an Camaro V6, which is a great car with excellent performance and appointments. Ben in Wichita is awesome! And I was surprised at the amount of space the trunk has also.
There's enough compliance to take the hard edge off warty pavement and neglected expansion joints. The Chevy Camaro pays an obvious price for its meta-Sixties sheetmetal. Other safety features integrated into the Camaro include driver and front-passenger dual-stage air bags that have been designed to inflate at high-speed in serious crashes, but deploys with less velocity in minor-to-moderate crashes. It still looks fantastic, muscular and a little bit vulgar. Cabin noise in general is of the kind we like, and tire and wind noise are kept to a minimum. The 426-horsepower V-8 is fitted exclusively to cars with manual transmissions; expect a horsepower decrease if you want to leave cog-swapping duties to the automatic, as those models are powered by a 400-hp version of the same engine.
Visibility is a liability in the Camaro. But no matter what trim you will choose, the Camaro will offer an extraordinary acceleration, a cool interior design and good fuel economy. Pretty much everything I've read about it thus far, both pro and con, is true. A choice of speedometer, tachometer plus speedo, or speedo with extra info, like compass and temperature, is available. It's been going on since the late 1960s, and after a brief hiatus in Camaro production during the early part of this century, it continues strong today. Taller drivers get the worst of it in the Camaro, and those that race will feel it every time they strap on a helmet. The blocky graphics could use an update, but the concept still feels like space-age stuff to me.