CHANGES FOR 2013:
– 1LE performance package available on SS with manual transmission
– New ZL1 Convertible model available
– Dual-mode exhaust available on SS
– Electric power steering developed for the ZL1 is standard on SS
– Chevrolet MyLink and colour-touch radio standard on LT, SS, and ZL1 models
– Chevrolet MyLink and colour-touch radio with GPS map navigation (late availability)
– Hill start assist now standard on all manual transmissions
– ZL1-style shift knob standard on all manual transmissions
– Remote vehicle start now included on 1LT and 1SS with automatic transmission
– Blue Ray Metallic exterior colour available
– New frameless inside rearview mirror
– New 18-inch and 20-inch wheel designs
– Mojave leather interior trim
Now into its fourth year, Chevy’s resurrected icon with the show-car body still cuts a striking profile. You pay for those looks inside where the high beltline and chopped roofline seriously affect outward visibility. The interior design is retro-cool but cheap in execution and the wide-spoke steering wheel is an ergonomic misstep. The V6 engine is strong and relatively fuel efficient while the 426-hp SS V8 model storms like a proper pony car. If that’s not enough, the ZL1 sports a 580-hp supercharged, 6.2L LSA V8, making this the most powerful Camaro ever. And it handles too.
The Camaro with the flip-top gives pony car fans one other choice besides the Mustang Convertible for top-down frolicking. The car sports a simple cloth top with a glass rear window and small quarter windows. There have been some structural improvements to keep the chassis stiff. Rear seat room suffers marginally, but with the top down, the coupe’s terrible outward visibility is a distant memory. For 2013 we get a ferocious ZL1 version with a heavily reinforced chassis to handle those 580 ponies. Hats with chin straps recommended.
Available as coupe and convertible, Camaro has a choice of four engine options (the naturally-aspirated V8 in the SS is available in two different states of tune depending on transmission choice – LS3 and L99), in no less than seven trim levels. A 3.6-litre V6 is used in the 1LS, 2LS, 1LT and 2LT trim lines, with a six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic. Two 6.2-litre V8 engines are available in the Camaro 1SS and 2SS; a 400-horsepower version (L99) with a six-speed automatic, or 426-horsepower version (LS3) with six-speed manual transmission. The L99 engine includes Active Fuel Management, which shuts off half the cylinders under light load for improved fuel economy. The ZL1 uses a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 with six-speed manual transmission.
The coupe comes in 1LS, 2LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1SS, 2SS, and ZL1 trims. Convertible models are available in 1LT, 2LT, 1SS, 2SS, and ZL1 trims.
Features on 1LS include 3.6L V6 engine, six-speed manual transmission, 18-inch black painted steel wheels, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio with satellite radio, steeling wheel mounted audio controls, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, speed sensitive steering, airbags (front, front seat, side curtain), OnStar with complimentary six-month subscription, stolen vehicle tracking, automatic headlights, illuminated entry, remote keyless entry, power locks, 3.27 rear axle ratio, dual power mirrors, front lip spoiler, body colour bumpers, variable intermittent wipers, air conditioning, compass, cruise control, metal-look interior treatment, power windows with express up/down, driver information centre, TPMS, exterior temperature gauge, map lights, tilt steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, and cloth seat and door trim.
2LS trim adds six-speed automatic transmission with TAPshift and 2.92 rear axle ratio.
1LT adds (to 1LS) limited slip differential, 18-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights, leather shift knob, leather and metal-look steering wheel, MyLink, TheftLock, and 1st row LCD monitor. The convertible adds a power cloth roof, Ultrasonic parking assist, front and rear express up/down windows, and seven-speaker audio system.
2LT adds 19-inch aluminum wheels, nine-speaker Boston Acoustics premium stereo with amplifier and equalizer, Ultrasonic parking assist, heated mirrors, auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, metal-look door panel inserts, HomeLink, oil pressure gauge, volt gauge, auto-dimming rear view mirror, head-up display, and heated leather seats. The convertible adds a power cloth roof, front and rear express up/down windows, and eight-speaker audio system.
1SS adds 6.2L V8 engine, Brembo brakes, sport suspension, 3.45 rear axle ratio, and 20-inch aluminum wheels; removes Ultrasonic parking assist, metal-look door panels inserts, oil pressure gauge, volt gauge, auto-dimming mirrors, head-up display, heated leather seats, Boston Acoustics audio (replaced with six-speaker audio), amplifier, and automatic equalizer. The convertible adds a power cloth roof, front and rear express up/down windows, and UltraSonic parking assist.
2SS adds Ultrasonic parking assist, heated mirrors, auto-dimming driver’s mirror, metal-look door panel inserts, HomeLink, oil pressure gauge, volt gauge, auto-dimming rear view mirror, head-up display, heated leather seats, Boston Acoustics audio with nine speakers, amplifier, and equalizer. The convertible adds power cloth roof, front and rear express up/down windows; removes one speaker.
ZL1 adds 6.2L supercharged V8, HID headlights, Magnetic Ride Control, 3.73 rear axle ratio, composite body materials, rear wing, 20-inch black forged aluminum wheels, and simulated suede/leather seating. The convertible adds power cloth roof, front and rear express up/down windows; removes one speaker.