This is the sixth-generation 2018 Chevrolet Camaro. The word Camaro doesn’t actually mean anything, at least not officially, but it’s said that GM executives said that it means “a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs.” Yes, this is Chevy’s direct response to the Ford Mustang and over the years the two have had quite the rivalry. Today we’re exploring the 1LT trim with the RS package. The Camaro is a performance coupe that’s also offered in a convertible body style. Keep watching for our overview and to see more from Canada’s Largest Automotive Group.
This Camaro has a 2.0L turbocharged inline-four paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission but a 6-speed manual is also available. What’s great about the Camaro is that you can really customize it to be as powerful as you want it to be. Your engine options include a 3.6L V6, a 6.2L V8, and a 6.2L supercharged V8. The benefit of the turbocharged inline-four is that it’s better suited for different situations– for example if you drive a lot in the city versus someone who, for example, is dedicated to the track and may want to opt for that V8 instead. This makes 275 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque between 3,000- 4,500 rpm. The 2.0L gets from 0-100 km/h in about 5.5 seconds but if you opt for that supercharged V8 you’d be looking at something closer to 3.7 seconds. For reference, the highest-performing Camaro, the ZL1, makes 650 horsepower and 650 pound feet of torque. You can’t deny that the Camaro has presence on the road. It’s low, sculpted, menacing even…
Today we have it in black although my personal favorite is the Camaro in Bright Yellow. With the RS package you get this RS-specific grille and high intensity discharge headlamps with LED daytime running lamps. The Camaro comes standard with 18″ rims but you can upgrade to 20″ options. With the addition of the RS package you\’re looking at these 20″ 5-split-spoke grey painted aluminum rims. And in the rear you have a dual exhaust with bright tips. The Camaro also has 258L of cargo space. And now, moving on to the interior.
The Camaro has remote start and keyless entry which makes it incredibly convenient. This has jet black cloth bucket seats but leather options are available and so are performance bucket seats from Recaro for the ZL1. The driver’s seat is 8-way power adjustable and the front passenger seat is 6-way power adjustable. Heated and ventilated front seats are available on some of the other trims. The Camaro has a leather wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel with a leather-wrapped shift knob. You also have steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. A lot of brands are doing digital instrument clusters but I still like the traditional analog gauges and that is what the 1LT has although a digital configurable display is available. Here are your controls for air conditioning and heat as well as the controls for the 7″ touchscreen display which supports AM/FM radio, Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This Camaro also has a six-speaker audio system and a head-up display is available on some of the higher trims.
Let’s talk about how the Camaro performs on the road it’s rear-wheel drive and it is a lot of fun and handles really nicely. It also has a sport suspension so when you’re taking a corner or a ramp with vigor, it stays tight. The Camaro also comes with a limited slip differential for enhanced handling and on the higher trim it becomes an electronic LSD if you’re interested in adding a touch of performance you’ll definitely want to go for the Track Package. which includes features like a dual mode performance exhaust system, a performance suspension, and engine and LSD coolers.
You have a few different drive modes: Snow/Ice, Tour, and Sport, and for fuel consumption the 2.0L turbocharged inline-four gets 10.9L/100km city, and 7.7L/100KM highway. If you’re someone who’s mindful of fuel economy just know that the bigger engines will be a little less efficient. When it comes to safety the Camaro comes standard with the OnStar Safety & Security Plan. Chevrolet is also offering something called Teen Driver mode which activates or deactivates certain features associated with a certain key fob.
You also get an in vehicle report which can help you monitor your teen’s and driving habits. There are so many options when it comes to configuring your dream Camaro. While the 6.2L supercharged V8 would be incredible to have in the garage the inline-four is still incredibly fun to drive and it’s significantly better on fuel economy. Whichever Camaro you decide to go for will definitely depend on your driving style, your habits, and your preference. We encourage you to take it for a test drive at your nearest Dilawri dealership. Start your journey at Dilawri.ca.
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