Chevrolet Camaro Remains a Sports Car to Envy
For as long as sports cars have been on the market, drivers have been intrigued by them. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a sports car is defined as “a low, small, usually two-passenger automobile designed for quick response, easy maneuverability, and high-speed driving.” Who wouldn’t be excited to get behind the wheel of a sports car after reading that description?
There have been quite a few sports cars to grace our highways across the country over the years, beginning in the 1920s, when the term “sports car” was introduced to the American public and began gaining notoriety. From that point to the present day, one of the most popular sports cars has been the Chevrolet Camaro.
The Camaro was first introduced in 1967 during the height of the muscle car era. To say that it reigned supreme would be an understatement. The Camaro commanded attention whether passersby were looking at its strong body structure or listening to that powerful V8 engine. That momentum carried on for quite some time. Sports car fans, and fans of the Camaro specifically, were disappointed when Chevrolet halted production of the high-performing vehicle after 35 years on the market. Thankfully, that decision turned out to be fairly short-term.
The Camaro returned to the assembly line in 2010, continuing its legacy of power, performance, and style. In 2018, the Chevrolet Camaro once again reminds us why it’s the definition of everything a sports car should be. It’s available in four general trim levels: LS/LT, SS, convertible, and ZL1, which can be further customized.
An Exterior and Interior Styled to Impress
The first glance at the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro (which, I may add, is as close as a visit to your local Chevy dealership right here in Nashville) will leave you in awe as your eyes take in the high-gloss finishes that are available for this sports car. The color assortment includes Hyper-Blue Metallic, Red Hot, Silver-Ice Metallic, and Mosaic-Black Metallic.
You will not be able to appreciate the Camaro’s color palette without taking in the sleek, contoured lines of this sports coupe. As you take a tour around the exterior, stopping at the front of the Camaro, you’ll see a lowered grille in a deep black color. Slightly raise your eyes, and you’re gazing into high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps with LED Signature lighting accents. Looking at the Camaro’s headlamps and grille almost feels like looking into a mechanical face that’s staring at you, demanding your attention. Moving around the vehicle toward the rear, you’re able to continue observing the powerful silhouette of this well-sculpted sports car. Arriving at the rear of the vehicle, you’ll find LED taillamps just as distinguished as the headlamps.
The Camaro’s exterior is complemented by a stylish interior that drivers can customize. The interior layout is designed for comfort, convenience, and easy access. There are numerous standard and available options depending on the model you choose. These options include six-way adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated driver and passenger front seats, and a suede microfiber- or leather-wrapped steering wheel as well as a shift knob and RECARO Performance bucket seats.
RECARO is a leading producer of quality seating products that prioritize comfort. Camaro drivers don’t need to worry about the temperature outside, because they always experience comfortable temperature settings inside your vehicle. That’s because the 2018 Chevy Camaro comes standard with Auto Climate Control.
Keeping You Well-Connected
Speaking of the Camaro’s interior, this sports car’s designers extended the welcome mat to technology, making it easy for you to stay connected to your vehicle and smartphone features. The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro comes standard with an Infotainment system that’s easily accessed via a seven-inch diagonal touchscreen. This touchscreen allows you to select music and navigation options, vehicle diagnostic information as well as smartphone applications. Drivers also have access to Apple CarPlay and Android-Auto compatibility, which come standard. To top off these features, Chevrolet offers an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot with a maximum connection for seven devices.
Offering Drivers Confidence in Safety
Chevrolet also utilized state-of-art-technology to keep drivers safe while they’re enjoying everything the 2018 Camaro has to offer. Here’s a look at several available and standard safety features.
Drive(r) Mode Selector, as the name implies, allows drivers to select the driving terrain with the simple turn of a knob. It’s a standard feature on the latest edition of the Camaro. Driving modes include Sport, Tour, Snow/Ice, and Track, depending on the model you’ve chosen. Once the driving mode is selected, the Camaro automatically makes the necessary adjustments to maximize traction, thus maximizing drivers’ ability to maintain control to navigate the terrain or conditions safely.
StabiliTrak electronic stability control system helps drivers maintain control whether they’re navigating an emergency situation or navigating dangerous road conditions. Depending on the circumstances, the vehicle automatically adjusts the brakes or torque—or the vehicle makes an adjustment to both—to help the driver maximize vehicle control.
Rear Park Assist is pretty much self-explanatory. When maneuvering the vehicle in reverse under five miles per hour, this feature alerts drivers to any obstacles that may be obstructing their path. This feature, coupled with drivers taking defensive actions, will hopefully help avoid potential collisions.
Ready to Meet Any Challenge on the Highway
As with its predecessors, the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro is a high-performing, quite capable sports car. The Camaro comes with four available engine options: the 2.0L turbocharged, 3.6-liter V6, 6.2-liter LT1 V8, and 6.2-liter LT4 V8.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is considered the base engine. It comes standard in the LS and LT models. It packs 275 horsepower and exerts 295 lb-ft of torque. The Camaro’s base engine is a spark-ignited, direct-injection (SIDI) engine with variable valve timing (VVT).
If you’re looking for more of the Camaro’s signature speed, you may want to consider the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 or the 6.2-liter LT4 V8. Car enthusiasts will recall the V8 engine was synonymous with early editions of this sports car.
The 6.2-liter LT1 comes standard on the SS model. As with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, this one is also configured as a DI with VVT. However, this engine also comes with Active Fuel Management. It produces 455 hp and equally exerts 455 lb-ft of torque.
If you still have a need for more speed, there’s no doubt you will love the Supercharged 6.2-liter LT4, which is standard on the ZL1. This engine is also configured as a DI with VVT. With its maximum power output at 650 hp and maximum torque exertion at 655 lb-ft, the supercharged Camaro ’s early tests showed this car accelerates from 0-60 mph in a mere 3.5 seconds. Need for speed: satisfied.
You can’t discuss an engine without talking about the transmission complementing it. In the case of the 2018 Chevy Camaro, there are two options: the six-speed manual or eight-speed paddle-shift automatic, depending on the model you select.
The beauty of the Camaro is this: You get a high-performing sports car that is easy on your gas budget—because Chevrolet mechanically configured it with features to maximize fuel efficiency.
The 2018 Camaro surely makes Chevrolet a proud manufacturer. With this edition, this sports car has remained exalted in the hearts of car enthusiasts and on the highway for over five decades, not even losing steam during its temporary absence. There are not many car models out there that have a 50th edition Hot Wheels edition, transitioning from a die-cast model to a full-size version. Additionally, the 2018 Camaro has the honor of being the Chevrolet’s 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series entrant. Talk about popularity and longevity.
There are so many reasons why the Camaro remains a sports car that makes other sports cars jealous. Don’t wait. Take a moment to learn more about some of the other reasons why the Camaro is a car to remember. Stop by your Chevrolet Nashville dealership for an up-close look at the 2018 Camaro.