Chevrolet’s sixth-generation Camaro has just undergone a major mid-life update in the US, where it will have to do battle with the also recently upgraded Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger.
Under the skin the Camaro is largely unchanged, although SS models, which pack the 6.2-litre LT1 pushrod V8 engine under the new bonnet, are now able to be ordered with the ten-speed automatic gearbox that Chevrolet has co-developed with Ford. As before, turbocharged four-cylinder and V6 models are also available, whilst the madhouse 641bhp Camaro ZL1 remains unchanged.
First revealed in 2016, the then-new Camaro may have looked similar to its predecessor, but under the skin the Camaro was based on GM’s latest ‘Alpha’ platform, a compact premium rear-driven platform that was the foundation of the next generation of Cadillac models for the US. This change wiped hundreds of kilograms off the Camaro’s kerb weight model for model, earning it high praise as the most adept muscle car to drive.
This new model aims to further this, by spreading the availability of the ‘1LE’ handling package across the turbocharged four-cylinder models. The ‘1LE’ package consists of stiffer, higher-specification springs, dampers and stabiliser bars across the suspension mounting points. Larger Brembo brakes, slight changes to engine mapping and driver modes, and sportier interior trim, also mark out cars fitted with this option.
This article originally appeared at evo.co.uk
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