Words & Photos by Mike Tucker, Jr.
Though the Transformers fetish has weaned the Camaro still has a deceptively strong appeal. It’s a muscle car with personality; one you can take to the track and flex and feel equally at ease stepping out on the town.
I have tested both V6 and V8 SS version and in the Camaro’s case unless you have driven both or need speed like caffeine, the base engine is ample. The Camaro’s strong lines, wide stance and sexy curves sitting on 20 inches of rubber grabs attention and once inside the retro gauge cluster makes you feel with one shift you’ll go back to the future.
Not a lot of refinement to speak of; the leather seats aren’t plush and backseat can only be used if seated horizontally. The Boston Acoustics sound system is rather soft. The ability to shift gears manually from the steering wheel, helps make up for the lack of stick shift in this automatic coupe.
Luckily the Camaro’s strengths outweigh its weaknesses making it the most universally appealing of its muscle-bound competitors.
Price tested: 31,485
Engine: 3.6L direct injection V6
Horsepower: 304 hp
Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/ TAPshift
Fuel Economy: 18 city/ 29 highway