Chevrolet has given the Camaro range a structure that aims to cater to all sorts of needs, from those belonging to teenagers who’ll be more than happy with an entry-level V6, to the enthusiasts who will do whatever is necessary to drive the icing on this muscle car cake.
The 2013 range starts with the V6 model, which can be ordered in four configurations: 1LS and LS, as well as 1LT and 2LT.
The entry point of the range, the 1LS, offers a pretty short list of standard features, including the StabiliTrak stability control system, a six-speaker audio system and 18-inch steel wheels, albeit with a retro design. The carmaker also offers a 6-month subscription to its OnStar Directions and Connections Plan, as well as a three-month one for the SiriusXM Satellite Radio. 2LS offers the same features, but swaps the six-speed manual for an automatic transmission with the same number of gears.
To obtain a richer standard equipment level, you have to move to the LT levels, which offer a manual six-speed gearbox, but can be ordered with an automatic. The first rides on 18-inch alloy wheels, while inside we find a 7-inch touch-screen that is used by Chevrolet’s MyLink system, which will be your phone’s best friend. You also receive a small rear-view camera display integrated in the central rear-view mirror.
The 2LT brings extra standard features such as 19-inch wheels, a leather finish, Head-Up Display and a Boston Acoustics eight-speaker audio system. There’s nothing here that doesn’t make full sense, so you’ll have a hard time if you’re forced to opt for the 1LT.
Further up the range we find the SS models, which use V8 power, the 1SS and the 2SS. Along with the extra muscle, the SS models also receive tech upgrades such as Brembo brakes, a limited-slip differential, as well as 20-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli PZero rubber.
As far as the features are concerned, the differences between the two SS trim levels are about the same as the ones for the LT models. Unlike the V6 models though, the V8 ones can be gifted with an 1LE performance package. This only targets manual models and ups the ante on the wheel&tire, suspension and transmission fronts, seriously improving the car’s feel.
We also have to mention the RS appearance package, which is offered for both V6 and V8 models and brings 20-inch wheels with a custom grey finish, HID headlights with halo rings, red badging, as well as a dedicated spoiler.
At the beginning of the chapter, we mentioned a certain kind of gearheads, who would do just about anything to drive the meanest Camaro around. We are talking about the ZL1, which punishes its rear tires with 580 hp coming from a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 and offers standard goodies such as Magnetic Ride Control. Alas, this comes at more than double the price of a V6 model.Continue reading