The Camaro is famous for its looks and performance, making it the dream car of many car shoppers. The first Camaro models were basically massive engines strapped to tiny frames, with poor handling and gas-guzzling powertrains. Now, the Camaro is a modern engineering marvel, with a tuned suspension, excellent handling, fuel-efficient engine, and added curb appeal. Read on to see a Camaro buyer’s guide, great for anyone interested in this American muscle car.
According to Jalopnik, the Camaro’s most noticeable traits behind the wheel are its handling and power. Aluminum has replaced a large portion of steel since 2015, making this model lighter and more balanced. That makes tackling corners easier, and it also increases performance and gas mileage.
The new generation of Camaro models come with multiple engine choices so you can tailor these cars to meet your needs. A 3.6-liter V6 is efficient and powerful, while a 6.2-liter V8 makes performance skyrocket. Since 2016, you can also get a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with up to 31 highway mpg—ideal for those looking to save at the pump. Below is a breakdown of power and torque:
- 0-liter turbo i4 – 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque
- 6-liter V6 – 335 horsepower and 284 lb-ft of torque
- 2-liter V8 – 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque
Owners can also select between a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Camaro also comes with a range of trims, including the 1LT base model, 2LT, 1SS, and 2SS. Available features on upper-level trims include 20-inch aluminum wheels, run-flat tires, HID lighting, Brembo brakes, driver assist technologies, MyLink infotainment, a performance suspension, and more.
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