There’s nothing quite like the thrilling sound of a roaring engine or the glorious feedback from a well-tuned steering system as you drive down a curvy road. Few inexpensive automobiles offer both of these pleasurable sensations, but the Chevrolet Camaro is one of them. It’s not simply about being loud and fast; even though it does both tasks effectively, it isn’t just about that. Chevy offers two-door pony vehicle options in coupe or convertible form, with plenty of features and endless customization possibilities.
The 2020 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE is the most track-focused model, but everyone from the base four-cylinder to the V-6 to the V-8 can be modified for track duty with the 1LE package. The interior might feel cramped, and it has a few other oddities, but at its core, the 2021 Chevy Camaro is designed for those who enjoy driving.
The 2021 Camaro receives improvements in the form of additional color choices, new features, and wider gearbox availability. While Rally Green metallic and Garnet Red Tintcoat have been removed from the paint palette, Wild Cherry Tincoat is now available—for a price premium.
The introduction of the 2019 Camaro features numerous technological upgrades over its predecessors. The majority of models now include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing for content to be sent to the car’s infotainment system without requiring it to be connected. The track-oriented 1LE package is now available on V-8-powered SS variants. Previously, all 1LEs (except for the ZL1 1LE) were only available with a six-speed manual transmission.
In our view, the best way to get a feel for a new Camaro is with the optional 1LE Track Performance package. It includes unique exterior elements such as black-painted 20-inch wheels and satin-black accents, as well as unique interior components including microsuede trim and more supportive Recaro front seats (SS models only). However, the most significant improvements are those that improve performance.
Every 1LE has a twin-mode exhaust system, enhanced powertrain-cooling components, more powerful brakes, a limited-slip differential, and specialized suspension tuning. We adore that the 1LE package is available with even the four-cylinder and V-6 engines, but we’d want to get it with the added spice of the 1SS trim. Of course, choosing the standard manual gearbox would go hand in hand with that decision.
The base 275-hp four-cylinder isn’t slow, although it has a bland demeanor. Unpleasant, unsporting noises emanated from the dull car. In contrast, the 335-hp V-6 transforms the vehicle completely. The brash six has its own distinctive howling sound.
The fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro is powered by a 455-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 engine. The common small-block V-8 engine from Chevrolet produces 455 horsepower and 455-pound feet of torque, making it a highly powerful powerplant that can take on nearly any challenger out there.
The enthusiast’s spirit is maintained by the standard six-speed manual gearbox. (The six-speed manual transmission is included on vehicles without the 1LE pack.) The eight-speed automatic can be specified on the four-cylinder engine, while the 10-speed automatic can be paired with the V-6 and V-8. The Camaro’s amazing chassis provides a car-and-driver connection that no other pony car can match.
The 1LE-equipped vehicles are taut on the track but comfortable on ordinary roads. The electronically assisted power-steering systems in these models have simple efforts and highly precise reactions. With outstanding brakes, the hot Chevy completes the performance triumvirate; the brake pedal consistently gives progressive and assured responses. The Brembo brakes get even more powerful, track-ready 1LE brakes.