The Chevrolet Camaro is one of those American cars that also has a lot of fans in Europe. It is not surprising, because the eight-cylinder engine with a displacement of 6.2 liters is a statement.
This also applies to the price of a sports coupé: with good equipment, it can be around 50,000 euros. No, we are not talking about a used car, but about a new car. What seems like a deal from 15 years ago is now. Chevy has and Camaro such a car in the model range. Is there a fish and if so, where is it?
First a little history. The Camaro first hit American pavement in 1966 and has sold more than five million vehicles since then. The sixth generation, based on GM’s Alpha platform, has been on the market since 2015. For example, the large sedan Cadillac CTS is also on. So the current Camaro is no longer a new car. But it was revised a year ago and updated in terms of communication, for example.
Interested in engines and designs
However, the Camaro is not defined by the Apple Car Play connection or the GM Onstar system – which, by the way, will be turned off at the end of 2020. Instead, anyone buying a pony car is attracted either by the design and/or the engine and, of course, by the price . In the sixth generation, Chevrolet has found a modern yet classic form for its budget sports car after a few optical errors. Narrow headlights, a pleasingly reserved radiator grille that has been enlarged after the facelift and a heavily revised bonnet dominate the front view.
At the rear are four tailpipes, four taillight units and a small spoiler that reveals the image. The 20-inch wheels also contribute to the overall beefy feel.
Yes, and then the engine. Eight cylinders from 6.2 liters, here the Camaro also beats its biggest rival on the German market, the Ford Mustang, which has to squeeze its eight cylinders from 5 liters. After the engine starts, the Camaro unit hums with self-satisfaction, and just leaves the rope as soon as the accelerator pedal is hit for the first time. The rear wheels then struggle quickly for traction. Anyone who pushes it will be pushed hard into their seats.
Big engine, lots of power
But the Camaro is a sports car, as the Americans define it: big engine, lots of power and fast forward. Even if the chassis is state-of-the-art today, you shouldn’t expect cornering like – say – in a BMW from a Camaro. Even high speed on German autobahns is not his thing.
It lacks agility and we as drivers do not trust its cornering stability. On the other hand, the exploiter feels good at 160 things on the highway or at a leisurely 100 km / h – here also on a hilly country road. Then you also hear something from the unfiltered sound of the eight cylinder. And the consumption of fat can also be restricted at least a little. Because if you always give pony spurs, you can easily reach consumption levels of around 20 liters per 100 km. With a disciplined driving style, we still needed about 15 liters on average.
High fuel consumption is included
Which brings us to the dark side of a good deal. A negligible part of the low price is taken back over the years by high fuel consumption and expensive insurance. At this point, the second available engine must be explained, because the Camaro is not only available in two body types (coupe and convertible), but also in two engines.
As an alternative, there is an average turbo gasoline engine of 2.0 liters with only four cylinders, automatic transmission and 275 horses. Of course, unlike the eight, it does not drive at a speed of 290 km / h, but only 240 km / h. On the other hand, the typical consumption is almost five liters less than that of the 6.2 liter manual unit. In fact, in practice it should be more like six to seven liters, which saves about ten euros per 100 kilometers, although it is admittedly not very pleasant to drive.
Check the location of the nearest dealer
And one more thing to check before falling in love with a Camaro: where is the nearest dealer? As far as we know, there are less than 20 people in Germany who are allowed to do inspections. It is worth checking the map beforehand. Once that is clarified, you can let your love run wild.
And that should not be accomplished either by speeding parties or by penny-pinching fuel-saving ideas. Chevrolet Camaro is not suitable for both. But when he goes very fast through the less curved landscape, the American promises a very unique experience, which is rarely found today in this constellation. (SP-X)