Few things are as honestly and distinctly American as the 2018 Chevy Camaro SS 1LE. It's big, loud and very, very fast. But, unlike Camaros from two or three decades ago, it's also a world-class performance car. The Camaro just as good through a corner as it is in a straight, especially when equipped with the 1LE handling package. As it always has, competition with the Ford Mustang has kept GM's engineers on their toes and helped deliver the wonderful red and black car you see here. On the SS, the 1LE package will run you $7,000. It's not cheap, but it is transformative. The package comes with 20-inch wheels with Goodyear summer tires, Magnetic Ride Control, an electronic limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes, a front splitter, a spoiler a dual-mode exhaust system, Recaro seats and a heads up display. The only other option on our test car is the $1,300 performance data recorder. Associate Editor Joel Stocksdale: The current Camaro is hands-down, my favorite of the Big Three's pony cars to drive. It seems to get everything right. It has a torquey V8 that sounds amazing. It has a short-throw shifter that's surprisingly flickable. The steering is quick with impressive precision and sensitivity. The smallest inputs translate right to the road, and it's easy to place the car. The seating position is nice and low. The chassis is rock solid, keeping creaks and rattles at bay, and the suspension is well balanced between handling and comfort, especially the magnetic suspension in the 1LE. Oh, and those Recaro seats are superb. They hold you in without squeezing the life out of larger drivers. Now that I've got my gushing out of the way, I should address some issues I have with the Camaro. First, and as always, is the visibility. Now forward visibility isn't too much of an issue once you get rolling. You get absorbed into the driving experience and moving forward is natural and easy. Merging and backing up, though, that's a major pain. The rear blind spots are appalling, and I'm stunned Chevy doesn't include blind spot monitoring as a standard feature on every version of the Camaro. The interior is also disappointingly cheap. It's hard plastics everywhere, along with poor fitting parts such as the door handles. Only higher trims getting some stitched vinyl or faux suede on parts of the interior. At least the design itself is reasonably pleasant, especially those groovy and easy-to-use climate controls around the vents. But at least for me, I can forgive all my gripes about the interior because the Camaro is just so good to drive. Those issues melt away as I slam the gas, shuffle the gears, and steer it through corners. It's just that good. Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore: This thing is sharp, and driving the Chevy Camaro SS 1LE literally kept me on my toes. With a heavy hair-trigger clutch and tight shifts, this track-bred demon is the opposite of autonomous driving. That's a good thing. It's interactive …
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|MPG||22 City / 31 Hwy|
|Transmission||8-spd auto w/OD|
|Power||275 @ 5600 rpm|
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