The Chevrolet Camaro has grown into a capable performance machine, offering a range of versions, including the supercar-rivaling ZL1. This former MotorTrend Car of the Year is still one of the most well-balanced sports cars on the market. The modern Camaro comes with both coupe and convertible body variants, the same as its predecessors.
Who wouldn’t want to ride this beauty? I can bet you’re crushing over it right now.
Looks and performance of the beauty
Regardless of the body type or engine under the hood, the Chevrolet Camaro is a true sports car. The Camaro feels more connected to the driver than most automobiles on the market today. The chassis, steering, and suspension are all in sync, giving it performance comparable to vehicles costing more than twice as much. The Camaro puts its power down well and offers tremendous grip to attain world-class performance in its most potent configuration, the ZL1 LE. Despite having a harsher ride, the Camaro is still a capable cruiser that won’t beat you up on bumpy roads.
Because their front ends are lighter, four-cylinder and V-6 models—especially in 1LE guise—are more tossable; they evoke cars like the Subaru BRZ, but with greater power and some turbo lag. The Camaro V-8 models transform it into a sledgehammer. Its power is easily available with the only one to downshift thanks to the slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission. Because of its rapid shifts and immediate responses, the 10-speed automatic transmission makes getting the most out of the Camaro even easier.
Chevrolet’s infotainment system in the Camaro comes standard with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility (wirelessly accessible in 2021), and a six-speaker stereo system.
Beauty or beast? We can’t really decide.
Cons of the Camara
The inside is one of the primary flaws. There isn’t much room, and the cabin, regardless of body style, seems tight. Because of the tiny windows, visibility is also limited. When the convertible’s top is down, the trunk shrinks even further from its already cramped 7.3 cubic feet of room. At the very least, the infotainment system is simple to use and takes only a few seconds to understand.
The Camaro’s sportiness remains a strong suit, but it comes at the expense of practicality. You’ll enjoy driving the Camaro, but make sure you’re comfortable with the short trunk and cramped interior.
Let’s get into racing and some history
A Penske SCCA Camaro competes in a Vintage Trans-Am event. The Camaro was one of the cars in the Trans-Am Series, which was sanctioned by the SCCA. Chevrolet collaborated with Roger Penske to run their unofficially factory-backed Trans Am squad, winning the championship with Mark Donohue in 1968 and 1969. For the 1970 season, Jim Hall’s Chaparral team took over for Penske. Warren Agor of Rochester, New York, was the series’ most successful Camaro privateer, with his orange #13s in 1993, 1994, and 1998.
Another SCCA Trans-Am Series Camaro was popular not because of its racing abilities, but because of its body changes. Henry “Smokey” Yunick had built and driven this Camaro, number 13. Smokey Yunick was a car builder who tried to make his automobiles lighter by acid-dipping body pieces and using thinner safety glass.
In the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Camaro-styled cars compete, with all Chevrolet teams using the body since 2013. The front sheet metal was dropped, all four fenders were expanded, the windscreen was laid back, the front sub-frame was “Z’d” to lower the car, the floor pan was moved higher, and even the drip-rails were moved closer to the body on the Penske/Donohue Camaros. This Camaro has always maintained its stock appearance and was powered by a 302 engine that produced 482 horsepower. The Edelbrock Cross-Manifold was one of the parts that came out of his testing.
Vic Edelbrock Jr. owns the Smokey Yunick 1968 Camaro to this day.
Bob Jane drove a Camaro to victories in the Australian Touring Car Championships in 1971 and 1972. Starting in 1975 and running for 12 years until 1989, the Camaro was the official car of the International Race of Champions. It was the series’ first American car, replacing the Porsche Carrera RSR. Camaros have won numerous titles in drag racing and can currently be found in several series run by the National Hot Rod Association, International Hot Rod Association, and the United States Hot Rod Association.
Camaros are now on display in the Sports Car Club of America’s American sedan series. Since 1975, they’ve also been the car of choice in the Swedish Camaro Cup series. In 1967, 1969, 1982, 1993, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, and 2016, the Camaro was the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car. Races in Daytona, Watkins Glen, Mosport in Canada, and Charlotte Motor Speedway were also won by the Camaro.
In the IMSA GT Series, the Camaro was also a regular. In the GT class of the Grand-Am Road Racing Championship, the 5th-generation Camaro made its debut in 2010. Stevenson Motorsports revealed plans to field a two-car team with Pratt & Miller-built cars based on the same chassis as the Pontiac GXP-R.
The squad also raced in the Grand Sports class of the Continental Tire Challenge with Camaros. The Camaro ZL1 replaced the discontinued Chevrolet SS in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018. Austin Dillon had won the Daytona 500 in the ZL1’s debut on February 18, 2018.
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will replace the Holden Commodore ZB in the Australian Supercars Championship in 2022. The Camaro has also received product placement, or embedded marketing, in a variety of media.
Pretty cool, isn’t it?
What makes it so popular?
The fictional character Bumblebee’s vehicle mode in the 2007 film Transformers is first shown as a 1976 Camaro and then as a fifth-generation concept variation. In the sequels, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Bumblebee is played by a modified fifth-generation Camaro.
In Transformers: Age of Extinction, Bumblebee appears as a modified 1967 Camaro, and later as a sixth-generation concept Camaro.
In Transformers: The Last Knight, he also reappears as a modified 2016 Camaro. After a Jeep and a Volkswagen Beetle, the Camaro was his third-ever form when he arrived on Earth, according to the concluding scenes of the 2018 remake film Bumblebee.
Since 1968, Hot Wheels has produced various versions of the Camaro, with the “Custom Camaro” being the first in the line. Chevrolet collaborated with Lego to produce a customized “Lego Speed Champions” Camaro.
How amazing is that now!