2020 Camaro New Car Test Drive
After more than half a century, the Chevy Camaro four-seat sports car is still going strong. Light and nimble, nearly 50/50 weight-balanced, the current Camaro-launched as a 2010 model-ranges from jaunty to raucous.
Front and rear styling updates for the 2019 model year, include a reshaped grille, hood, and lights. Four-cylinder models may now be equipped with the Turbo LE handing package. The group includes a tailored FE3 suspension with thicker stabilizer bars. On the safety front, forward-collision warnings are now standard in coupes.
Competition and Track modes have been added, and the updated infotainment system promises to be more intuitive. The RS edition gains LED turn signals, a light bar, and daytime running lights. In the ZL1, the rear camera mirror offers an improved high-definition view.
Camaros come in a broad selection of trim levels: LS, LT, SS, and ZL1. All except LS are available in coupe or convertible body styles.
In LS and LT models, a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine develops 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. A 3.6-liter V-6, rated at 335 hp and 284 lb-ft, is optional in the LT.
SS buyers benefit from a 455-hp 6.2-liter V-8 that issues 455 lb-ft of torque. Beneath the roaring ZL1 supercar, a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 cranks out 650 hp and 650 lb-ft, promising 0-60 mph acceleration in 3.5 seconds.
Each can be fitted with the standard 6-speed manual gearbox. An 8-speed automatic is available for 4- and 6-cylinder models, while V-8s can have a 10-speed automatic.
The 2019 Camaro lacks automatic emergency braking, though forward-collision warnings have been added. Blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, and rear parking assist are standard on 2SS and ZL1, and available for 3LT trim. Crash-testing by the NHTSA yielded a five-star rating overall. Outward vision is an issue in the Camaro, with its thick pillars and small rear windows..
Prices do not include $995 destination charge.
LS Coupe ($25,000) comes with the 275-horsepower turbo-4 engine and includes cloth seat upholstery, power driver's seat, keyless start, six-speaker AM/FM audio, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, limited-slip differential, rearview camera, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
LT (1LT) (coupe $25,500, convertible $31,500) adds a power passenger seat, folding rear seat (coupe), and front knee bolsters (coupe).
2LT (coupe $27,500, convertible $33,500) includes dual-zone automatic climate control, cooled front seats, leather-trimmed upholstery, and a compass.
3LT V-6 (coupe $31,000, convertible $37,000) substitutes the V-6 engine and adds navigation, visor mirrors, auto-dimming mirrors, and Bose nine-speaker audio (seven-speaker in convertible).
SS (1SS) V-8 (coupe $37,000, convertible $43,000) comes with 455-horsepower V-8 and gets cloth upholstery, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, automatic climate control, rear spoiler, Brembo brakes, performance suspension, and 20-inch summer tires.
2SS (coupe $42,000, convertible $48,000) comes with the rear camera mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, a head-up display, memory for driver's seat and mirrors, ambient lighting, heated/cooled front seats, rear park assist, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, and (on coupe) forward-collision warnings.
Magnetic Ride Control dampers are included in 1LE package for SS. Recaro front bucket seats also are available.
ZL1 V-8 (coupe $62,000, convertible $68,000) comes with the 650-horsepower V-8, rear differential cooler, performance exhaust, sport alloy pedals, Recaro climate-controlled seats, heated steering wheel, and 20-inch forged aluminum wheels.
The ZL1's 1LE package adds aerodynamic components (dive planes and carbon-fiber rear wing), adjustable front-end ride height, adjustable camber, three-way rear stabilizer bar, and Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires. Chevrolet's Performance Data Recorder is available..