The current generation Chevrolet Camaro may be nearing the end of its life-cycle, but it just may be the most iconic to date. Yes — we are well aware that is a bold statement, but with so many different trim levels to choose from, be it a boulevard cruiser, a canyon carver, or a track bred racer, you can carve out your own slice of americana metal to keep you smiling for many years to come.
Our tester Camaro came with the optional SS 1LE package, in which accumulates many track related goodies. A $3,500 option, the 1LE comes with a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission with closer ratios, to provide more engagement. Also fitting stronger rear axle half-shafts, wheel bearings, toe links, and rear shock mounts allow the 20″ Goodyear Eagle Supercar tires to stick to the pavement even with a hefty left foot. Other options included the magnificent Recaro seats, and Chevrolet’s MyLink navigation system.
Much like we found with the new C7 Corvette, the as tested price for the Camaro of $41,730 seemed to be a bargain for the amount of performance. Wet weather required a gentle right foot, and a somewhat white knuckle wrestling match to get to your destination. In dry conditions though, this car is far above what most people would believe. Size plays a key factor, but confidence is high, especially when grabbing on the alcantara steering wheel and shift knob.
Our time with the Camaro allowed us to truly evaluate the car in real-world conditions. Excluding the superb Recaro seats, the interior looks and feels a bit low-budget, plus the car feels large in traffic. The 6-speed manual was less than friendly in stop-and-go traffic, and the windshield and side windows are difficult to see out of. That being said, the Camaro was excellent in the proper setting, and once you mash the throttle down all is forgiven — almost.