Some cars are more than just cars: they’re part of Americana. We see them in movies and remember when posters depicting their sleek, brightly-colored lines hung on the walls of our childhood bedrooms. Nothing personifies American cars more than the muscle car. These beastly machines captured our hearts with their gas-guzzling big block motors and Muncie shifters, and we always knew when one rode by our house because the vibration could be felt in our bones. That’s the spirit that still lives in the 2021 Chevy Camaro.
Today’s Camaro is emblematic of the best parts of yesterday’s muscle cars, yet at the same time, it’s thoroughly modern and fresh. Successfully blending the old with the new is never easy, but Chevy found the sweet spot with the 2021 Camaro line. We’re excited to live in an era where the company has quite possibly managed to improve on the original. With heart-thumping speed, performance, and agility, the Camaro rides as good as it looks. Stats like max horsepower ratings of 650 and 0-60 in a scant 3.5 seconds tell us that Chevy’s not messing around.
Chevy incorporated real muscle car attributes into the 2021 Camaro, so drivers can expect a throaty exhaust and a heavy, stuck-to-the-road kind of handling. The new Camero sure stands out among other cars of its kind, and its road presence screams for attention.
The 2021 Chevy Camaro is available in several trims with a handful of special editions and some customization packages thrown in across the line, giving buyers a lot of control over what they want in their car.
First, there’s the Camaro LS. Starting at a staggeringly affordable $25,000, the LS comes standard with a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, manual transmission, and 18-inch wheels. A great starter Camaro for budget-conscious buyers that need a modern muscle car in their driveway.
Next, the LT coupe comes in at just $500 more than the LS, but within the LT trim, there are available 2LT and 3LT packages, both of which bundle popular options in a simplified way. Buyers can upgrade to a V6 engine and choose between two optional paddle-shift transmissions: an 8-speed and a 10-speed. 20-inch wheels also become available when choosing the LT. In addition, the LT comes in a sporty convertible body style.
The Camaro LT1 will have high performance drivers frothing at the mouth, because it’s here that - for $34,000 starting- this Camaro packs a 6.2 liter V8 engine under the hood, and 20-inch wheels are standard.
Moving up the trim line, we find the iconically named Camaro SS. Sitting at $37,500, this Camaro offers the same 6.2 liter engine, 20-inch wheels, and a rear spoiler, along with a series of cooling systems that the LT doesn’t have.
Last, but certainly not least, sitting at the top of the class is the formidable Camaro ZL1. Its MSRP of $63,000 tells us something big has changed. That big thing is the 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine sitting menacingly under the hood and an available 1LE Extreme Track Performance Package. Together, this dynamic duo delivers heart-thumping speed and performance, with a side of adrenaline you’d better prepare yourself for. With 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque at your command, you need to be ready for the sheer force this car delivers.
Ask us to pick one word to describe the 2021 Chevy Camaro, and unequivocally we’d say beast. The Camaro isn’t just a sports car; it’s the sports car. This car boasts a lineup of powertrain equipment that puts it up among the fastest cars in its class. Properly equipped, the Camaro will get you from 0-to-60 in 3.5 seconds. That’s faster than you can even say 2021 Chevrolet Camaro, and the best news is it retains a muscle car attitude while doing it. Throaty exhaust mated with surprisingly agile handling for its size and price should put the Camaro in the first spot of your wish list.
Let’s break it down: Chevy equips the base LS, and the LT Camaro trims with a 2.0 liter direct injection Variable Valve Timing (VVT) motor that pumps out a very respectable 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Chevrolet reports a 0-60 time of around 5.4 seconds with this powertrain. Not enough? Chevy has an answer.
The 3.6 liter V6, available on the LT, gets you closer to a flat 5 second 0-60 time by way of 335 horsepower, a torque rating of 284 lb-ft., and an available 10-speed paddle-shift transmission. More power, you say?
The 6.2 liter LT1 V8 motor is a massive hulk of a thing that also uses Direct Injection and VVT to capture higher horsepower and torque numbers at lower RPMs. Translation: an insane amount of power, especially off the line. This 6.2 liter motor produces 455 horsepower - a big jump from the V6 - and 455 lb-ft of torque. You can mate this motor with the same 10-speed paddle-shift automatic for all the fun of a manual without the hassle of a clutch and traditional manual gear-shifting. This engine does 0-60 in about 4-4.3 seconds. This powertrain option packs a punch, but Chevy isn’t done yet.
Last, but most certainly not least, is the Supercharged 6.2 liter LT4 V8 engine. Standard on the Camaro ZL1, includes a 1.7 liter Eaton supercharger that works to output a whopping 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, getting us to the sub-4 second 0-60 time that has sports car enthusiasts chomping at the bit to get behind the wheel and experience it for themselves. ZL1 buyers can also opt for the 10-speed paddle-shift auto transmission.
The 2021 Chevy Camaro has to provide an interior cabin that feels like a race car because - well - it’s a race car. Thankfully, Chevy indeed carries over the sporty, muscle car vibe into the cabin, further enhancing the driving experience and peppering the space with aggressive styling details that feel kind of retro. It all works, and it works well.
Some of the interior options available are heated and ventilated power front seats with a memory package, upgraded RECARO performance-style seats, and even some surprisingly cool red seat belts. Chevy pushes the style envelope with quirky options like a suede microfiber-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and over-the-top aluminum driving pedals, but it all combines to create a racing cockpit appearance that matches what’s happening under the hood.
Chevy has a Wild Cherry Design Package series (1 & 2), available on select Camaro models, that adds spiffy polished wheels, special badging, and black metallic accenting to the car’s already aggressive look. In addition, special edition models like the Redline Edition, Shock and Steel Special Editions, and the RS further expand on the theme, each in their own unique way. The Redline edition introduces those red seat belts and knee pads, red fender badge outlines that frame a black Camaro badge, special black wheels, and a you-have-to-see-it-to-appreciate-it jet black interior.
Opting for the RS Package on the LT1 Camaro buys you high-intensity LED headlights, a severe-looking polished black grille with sharp-looking chrome lower inserts, special black lens tail lights, a rear diffuser, and upgraded 20-inch wheels. Don’t forget about the convertible, which includes a fully automatic soft-top with a push-button control that makes it easy to raise and lower, remote key fob, and a tonneau cover.
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