Specifications of Chevrolet Camaro VI (facelift 2018) 2.0 T (275 HP)
General characteristics of Chevrolet Camaro VI (facelift 2018) 2.0 T (275 HP)
The Camaro is slightly larger than the BMW 2 Series in terms of its exterior dimensions, but it's smaller than the Ford Mustang. It has a length of 188.3 inches strewn across a 110.7-inch wheelbase. Broad at the hips, it measures 74.7 inches in width without wing mirrors, and all coupe derivatives stand 53.1 inches tall. Curb weight depends on the engine choice and trim, ranging from the 1LS that weighs in at 3,351 pounds to the 2SS which tips the scales at 3,696 lbs.
The performance of the Chevrolet Camaro will ultimately depend on the powertrain configuration you choose, and with four-, six-, and eight-cylinder options on hand, there's a good spread for most needs. The most laidback performer is the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot that manages the run from 0 to 60 mph in around 5.5 seconds according to independent testing. Upgrading to the 3.6-liter V6 means that your 0-60 mph time will be cut down by less than half a second. The difference between the 2.0-liter turbo and the naturally-aspirated V6 is more relative to overall refinement and sound than actual performance. The V8 in SS and LT1 models, however, vastly improves the eagerness of the Camaro. You can expect a zero to sixty time of around 4.3 seconds in independent tests. The V8 is about more than performance though, but soul. The sound, the way it rips up the rear tires, and the way it makes the best of the GM Alpha platform's sharp handling traits all make this a car worthy of being called a muscle car more than just a pony.
There are three engines and three gearboxes available for the Camaro. The base-level 2.0-liter engine might have half the number of cylinders muscle car buyers want at just four, but it isn't particularly lethargic. It produces 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, so power isn't the problem. The problem is that the four-pot seems like the less appealing step sister in comparison to the available 3.6L V6. That V6, available as an option on the 1LT through 3LT derivatives churns out more power at 335 horses, but a tickle less torque at 284 lb-ft. Both are mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but on the auto front, the 2.0T uses an eight-speed while the V6 gets a 10-speed auto.
For full effect, the LT1 and all SS-badged derivatives get a good ol' American V8, a 6.2-liter naturally aspirated motor with 455 hp and 455 lb-ft, paired to the same transmission choices as its six-cylinder counterpart. Naturally, that's the engine we recommend, particularly with the manual, as it suits the character of the Camaro so much better than the smaller engines do, but without giving you too much power to handle.
American muscle cars weren't built to sip lightly on the gas, but the Camaro doesn't perform too badly provided you opt for one of the smaller engine configurations. If you value the environment more than noise, the base 2.0T will consume 22/30/25 mpg city/highway/combined with the automatic gearbox and 19/29/22 mpg with the manual. The V6 is a little thirstier. Try 18/29/22 mpg with the auto and 16/26/20 mpg with the manual on for size. However, for many, fun and noise matter more than donations to Greenpeace, and to that end, the V8 will chug 16/26/20 mpg in auto guise and 16/24/19 mpg in manual form. A 19-gallon gas tank on all models means the average range varies anywhere from 361 miles to 475 miles when driven calmly.
The seating in the Camaro is a mixed bag. The front will provide more than enough space for even taller adults. The seating is supportive and comfortable, making daily driving or even long journeys an acceptable affair. The problem is in the rear. The back seats will manage an adult or two in a pinch, but it's not going to be comfortable by any means. The rear of the Camaro is best for smaller children or as extra storage space. It's here where the Camaro falters, as the Mustang is more spacious, while the Dodge Challenger seems gargantuan in comparison. The tapering rear end of the Camaro also inhibits rearward visibility, which can be a bit of a bug when backing up. Thankfully, a rearview camera is standard.
When it comes to practicality, the Camaro falls behind its rivals. This is especially true when you look at the limited amount of cargo space it offers. It provides just 9.1 cubic feet of space at the rear, falling vastly behind the BMW 2 Series' 13.8 cubes and the Ford Mustang's 13.5 cubic feet. You still have the option of using the cramped rear seats as an extra means of storing your items, so a few extra bags for two people are manageable. Internal storage is also a little tight, with narrow door pockets, two front cupholders, and an average-sized glovebox, but overall, the Camaro doesn't value practicality as much as it does purpose.