To compete with the classic muscle car Mustang from Ford, the Chevrolet Camaro was released in 1966, with four distinct generations developed until it ended production in 2002. The Camaro was revived though in 2009 as a concept car, which eventually evolved into a fifth generation model for the vehicle. Production of the fifth-generation Camaro began in March 2009 and is still currently in production. In 2007, the car made its big-screen debut in Transformers as the vehicle mode for the Autobot Bumblebee. In 2013, the Camaro boasts of being the car used by almost all of the Chevy teams participating in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
In the time that the Chevrolet Camaro was in the market before, it did good work at making a name for itself such that when it was revived there was a lot of interest in it. It also didn’t hurt that it was quite nicely priced at £35,025. Good value backed by good reputation will definitely draw in crowds, after all. If you’re looking for a European version of the Camaro though, you’ll be disappointed because this car is every bit a brawny American muscle car, a two-door, left-hand drive coupe with a 6.2-litre V8 engine. Nevertheless, there are body and engine options available that would make a Camaro more suitable for British roads.
Many American cars fail at attracting European consumers because of inferior interior quality. It’s a good thing then that the Camaro paid attention and improved material quality inside, turning to a modern theme that makes getting inside the car more appealing. Muscle cars and children don’t generally mix but if you have tots of your own, you’ll be glad to know that there’s enough space for them in the rear. Sufficient cabin space is also complemented by a big boot for its class.
Given its size, the Camaro offers superb handling. You can’t expect something so hefty to nimbly move but the Camaro is able to, and in such a way too that is comparable to the Porsche Cayman. There’s also great steering quality that makes making precise turns easy and whatever rolls you experience quickly settles.
It’s really a matter of perspective whether or not a big vehicle is a downside but it will definitely affect the performance a car. The Chevrolet Camaro is a big car, weighing in at 1,775kg with a full tank, which is a lot compared to most of its European competitors. It is also big in terms of size, measuring over 4.8m in length, longer than the Nissan 370Z by nearly 600mm and wider by more than 70mm. Then again, the Camaro is a muscle car. There’s no room for dainty here.
It’s quite unremarkable for the Camaro to take 5.6 seconds to go from 0 to 60mph, but it’s got no electronic trickery to give it a boost so you’re dealing with just raw power. Still, that kind of acceleration is not much of a disappointment and identical times could be enjoyed whether you’re using the coupe or the cabriolet version.
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