It was the muscle car that stole the hearts and imaginations of people everywhere, providing subject matter for wall posters, T-shirts, and songs for four decades. Now it’s back, better and mightier than ever and ready to reclaim its place of honour on European roads. And bedroom walls.
The all-new 432PS V8 Chevrolet Camaro has returned to Europe after a decade-long absence with a design that is at once instantly recognisable and entirely modern. The contemporary 21st-century design, an expression of the Camaro’s rich heritage, features a V-shaped nose wide, planted stance; and broad rear shoulders, all distinguishing features that acknowledge the legendary past while claiming the Chevrolet Camaro’s place as a contemporary design icon.
The car makes its presence felt from afar, its deep, low-frequency rumbling V8 motor delivering an unequivocal message of its impending arrival. The European Camaro is similar in content to the 2SS model offered in North America. The new model, Europe’s first, features an all-new FE4 suspension that was developed specifically for this side of the Atlantic. The set-up characterised by optimised stiffness and lateral stability for high-speed performance and manoeuvrability has proven so popular that it will be also offered in the US. The FE4 suspension package features retuned front and rear dampers, plus new solid front (23mm) and rear (24mm) stabiliser bars.
Power is transferred to the road through 20in wheels wearing Pirelli P-Zero tyres, while the Brembo four-piston anti-lock disc brakes combine with StabiliTrak and traction control ensure effective braking and quick cornering. The wheels are positioned to be virtually flush with body surfaces for an agile, planted appearance.
An array of sound-insulating applications ensures occupants transported to a different world as soon as they sit inside a Chevrolet Camaro, although a hint of the burble of the V8 penetrates the interior by design. It’s just enough to enjoy without becoming intrusive. In homage to the spirit of its heritage, the new Camaro’s interior conveys simplicity and refinement while incorporating contemporary details in the dials, switches and ambient lighting. The integrated centre console combines stereo and climate controls into a single piece of modern electronics, while the use of rubber and chrome matches the character of the evocative Camaro name. Chevrolet Blue Ice ambient light runs across the doors and the same colour illuminates the speedo and rev counter, with further driver information displayed in between. Optional orange ambient lighting is available with the Inferno Orange Interior Trim.