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Keeping Up With the Camaro

Chevy Camaro

 

Some things age gracefully (Betty White, whiskey and fine wines). Some things age, well – not so gracefully (Keith Richards, platform shoes, and cheap wines). Some things seem to not age at all and instead become even more kick-ass and lively than the day they were born. Need an example? How about the legendary Chevy Camaro. First introduced as a competitor (and according to some, an egregious rip-off) to the classic Ford Mustang, the Chevy Camaro made its debut in 1967 as Chevy’s answer to the muscle car and it has maintained its popularity ever since thanks to Chevy’s commitment to design and innovation. You need to look no further than the 2018 Chevy Camaro to see that the Camaro hasn’t just matured – rather, it’s all grown up and ready for action.

Performance that Persists

Look, you aren’t interested in driving the Camaro because it’s got a sweet exterior (it does) or awesome amenities (it does). You want to get behind the wheel of the 2018 Chevy Camaro because it is dang fast. Powered by a choice of engines starting with a turbocharged four-cylinder that gets up to 275 horsepower with 295 pound-feet of torque behind it, the Chevy Camaro is built for speed.  If 275 horses just aren’t enough for you, step up to the 3.6-liter V6 engine and see how you feel when you have 335 ponies galloping out from under the hood of your sleek sports car. Still not heart pounding enough for you? Then kick it into the ultimate beast-mode and splurge on the supercharged, 6.2-liter V8 engine and experience true speed thanks to the 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft afforded by the monstrous engine. If you aren’t entirely sure how fast that V8’s 455 horsepower really is, let us just tell you that the 2018 Chevy Camaro, when powered by the 6.2l V8, goes from zero to 60 in an astounding 3.5 seconds. Yeah. We thought that sounded pretty fast too.

But here’s the thing, right? As awesome as it would be to whip it into your company’s parking lot going a billion miles per hour, you have to actually drive the Camaro on normal highways and to do normal things – like take your kid to soccer practice. And that means, of course, you need to worry about normal things – like gas prices. You’ll most likely be shocked to find out that the Chevy Camaro might be a super speedy, super sporty show off, but it’s also a very conservative fuel-sipper, at least as far as sports cars (and to be honest, most SUVs) go. If you opt for the base-model engine (the turbo-four), you can expect to get 22 miles per gallon in the city and 31 mpg on the highway – and that’s impressive for many non-hybrid vehicles on the market today. Sure, you’ll have to pay a little extra to pump your Camaro full of premium fuel, but what’s a few bucks for keeping your car performing in top form? Ultimately, the Camaro offers such strong fuel economy that you won’t have to worry about filling up your car or sending your kid to college, so it’s still a winner in our books.

Exteriors that Excite

With its bold curvature and sleek lines, the 2018 Chevy Camaro is not exactly a subtle ride. In fact, it essentially screams “sex, drugs and rock & roll” like the true icon it is. Couple the bold design with any of the nine exterior paint choices, and you’ve got a car that will draw as much attention for its beauty as for its performance. Exterior colors include the electric Hyper Blue Metallic, Red Hot, Bright Yellow, Garnet Red Tintcoat, Nightfall Gray Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Mosaic Black Metallic and the simply named Black. So the choice is yours – if you want to really make your presence known, opt for one of the screaming shades of blue, red or yellow. If you want your car to say “I’m sleek, sophisticated and so cool I don’t need to draw any extra attention to myself” go with any of the white or black shades. And if you want to pretend that you are driving the Batmobile, also opt for black (don’t act like you weren’t going to do this).

Top-Tier Trims, Even at Base Level

If there is something to be said about modern society, it’s that we relish choice and instant gratification. So, if you find yourself nodding along and agreeing that yes, choice and gratification are two very good things, you’ll be pleased to know that the 2018 Chevy Camaro offers both of those in abundance. Let’s start with choice, shall we?

The 2018 Chevy Camaro comes in your choice of two body styles – coupe or convertible. On top of that, it comes in your choice of six trims – the 1LS, the 1LT, the 2LT, the 1SS, the 2SS and the ZLI. If you’re looking for the V8 engine option, you’ll have to set your sights on the top-three trim trifecta – the 1LS, 1LT, and 2LT are all powered by the four-cylinder engine, although it is possible to upgrade to the V6 if you so desire.

With a starting MSRP of $25,905 and an abundance of great features, you would be well within reason to stick to the base model 2018 Chevy Camaro 1LS. It comes standard with high-quality amenities such as keyless ignition and entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, a seven-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Onstar technology, satellite radio and six-speakers in which to blast your tunes. There are also adjustable driving modes and power-adjustable front seats, 18-inch alloy wheels and LED running lights. So, for a base model, it’s not one bit “basic.”

Of course, you could always go whole-hog and opt for the top-of-the-line 2018 Chevy Camaro ZL1 which of course nets you the crazy 6.2l V8 engine, in addition to highlights like Brembo brakes, launch control, Recaro seats and a host of other super-cool features. You’ll have to swallow the starting price of $61,500.  *That modern-day MSRP is a stark contrast to the original;  which might be tougher once you realize the original base-model 1967 Chevy Camaro hit the market for $2,466. *

Over Fifty Years of Good Looks and Great Performance

With over 50 years under its belt, the 2018 Chevy Camaro has proven that it’s not only here for the long haul, but that it’s here to redefine exactly what we mean when we talk about truly classic cars.

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