Let’s start with the not so obvious fact that the Camaro is a real sports car. Yes, even after all these years of rules and regulations, rental fleet duties and tree huger trend, the V8 still rumbles like it did in the old days and the engineers at Chevy even took some magic lessons to make the heavy weight muscle car handle like its german rivals. The SS trim, featuring the V8 engine is so much fun to drive, it is addicting! This is the kind of vehicle that makes me love cars. Some will tell you Miata power is all you need if you want to keep your license, but that is not true. The V8 torque is just as fun under 35 mph as it is far above speed limits. The engine sound is a big part of the show, and kuddos to GM for finding the right balance between comfort and fun. It is loud want you want it to be and quite when you have to be. The steering is crisp in all driving mode, but the track mode is just perfect, not too heavy, not too light. Sure the car is a big heavy and the suspension has to be quite firm to keep it in check, but you get a nice commanding feeling from the steering. The Camaro is a big muscle car, with all the good coming with the badge, and very little of the old drawbacks. Gone are the days of straight line only performance, the Camaro learned it way around the Nurburgring, like its German friends and it shows at every turns.
The Camaro offers an extremely fun yet versatile vehicle at an attractive price point. Sure it gets expensive in the SS trim, but similar power with a German badge would set you thousands more and don’t get me started with the reliability of the over engineered German cars. Buying a Camaro is living a fun car life without buyer’s remorse!