The sixth-gen Chevy Camaro, which is Ford Mustang’s rival, has been with us since 2015 and has performed well up until now. This muscle car stays one of Chevrolet’s most dearly loved brands, even though it is not as remarkable as others in terms of sales figures. The good news to its fans and followers is that It isn’t going anywhere.
The production of the 2021 Chevy Camaro has begun, and it looks better than ever. The Camaro which was launched for the 2016 model year got an update in 2019 and again underwent a refresh for the 2020 model year. The GM factory remains the only plant in the world to produce the Camaro. This factory located in Lansing Grand River, Michigan is building the new 2021 model and started just last August 6.
The 6th-gen car will continue to be built until it will cease production in 2023, and we are not completely sure what will occur after that. It would be heartbreaking if Chevy decided to not continue with this legendary nameplate for a 7th-gen. However, rumors have been circling around that the company might be looking into building an electric version which might polarize its fan base. But with their rivals moving in that path it is a smart choice to go down that electric direction as well.
Prospect buyers will definitely love to know that the 2021 model offers new notable updates such as the addition of a 10-speed automatic transmission to the SS 1LE Track Performance Package. Before, it was offered exclusively with a 6-speed manual.
There are also some exterior updates with new color palettes. Rally Green metallic and Garnet Red Tintcoat are no longer offered but Chevy has a newly added color option dubbed as Wild Cherry Tincoat. The Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will now come standard in all trims.
Nothing beats the sound of the thrilling timbre of a pulsing exhaust note or feeling the satisfying feedback from an impressively tuned steering system while running down a twisty road. Only few affordable cars can give you both these gratifying sensations and Chevy Camaro is one of them. It does not stop in doing well in being loud and going high speed; it also delivers well in other aspects.
Chevrolet’s two-door pony car comes as a convertible or a coupe, and it offers abundant features and innumerable personalization options. While the 650-hp Camaro ZL1 is the most sharp version, every model from the base 4-cylinder to the V-6 to the V-8 can be upgraded for track duty with the metamorphic 1LE package. The inside can feel cramped and has many other idiosyncrasies, but the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro is mainly designed for those who love to drive.
Performance, Transmission and Engine
Camaro has the base 275-horsepower 4-cylinder and it is unexpectedly quick. However, it has uneven throttle responses and unlikeable, unathletic sounds along with its bland demeanor. What you can do is to upgrade to the 335-horsepower to get the character you’d want in a car. The gutsy six comes with its own unique searing soundtrack.
The Camaro LT1 and SS offer Chevrolet’s iconic small-block V8, having 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft torque. Its immense low-end torque, chest-compressing acceleration, and linear power delivery are made more powerful by the optional dual-mode exhaust which explodes with a sharp bark at startup and roaring sounds during wide-open-throttle blasts. The standard 6-speed manual transmission has the same enthusiasm. (Cars that do not have the 1LE package, the 6-speed transmission is standard.) An 8-speed automatic is available as an option with the 4-cylinder engine, and the 10-speed automatic can be coupled with the V6 and V8.
The Camaro’s impressive chassis offers a car-and-driver connection that cannot be matched among pony cars. Its solid structure results in accurate handling and a quality feel. Its well-balanced ride is solid enough to be nimble on twisty roads yet still compliant on rough roads. When it’s paired with the 1LE setup, the coupes that perform beyond their class, competing with cars that are much, much more expensive.
The 1LEs are tight on the track yet at ease on regular roads. Chevy Camaro’s electrically assisted power-steering systems have reasonable efforts and highly precise responses. The sizzling Chevy has impressive brakes. The brake pedal is consistent in providing progressive and assuring responses. The 1LE models come with even more potent, track-ready Brembo brakes.
Interior, Comfort and Engine
The latest Camaro comes with a better interior than the previous generation. It has finer materials and a more contemporary look. It has comfortable front seats and a straightforward layout. However, its small rear seat and compromised visibility sets back livability. There’s an optional head up display which is useful, and not found in the Ford Mustang or Dodge Challenger.
You can also add customizable ambient interior lighting that adds a cool look to the 2021 Camaro. The Chevy outperforms its competitors on the track and in how engaging it is to drive. However, the rear seat is basically unusable for adult passengers. Rivals also have bigger cargo space and interior storage, holding the least amount of carry-on luggage in comparison to space-stingy competitors and has an absurd small trunk opening.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Every Camaro comes with an intuitive touchscreen that supports Chevrolet’s Infotainment 3 software. The bigger 8.0-inch touchscreen fills the space better but the plastic bezel appears cheap, and the downward angle is awkward. But other than that, its combo of controls and organized menus is appreciated. Chevrolet’s setup has everything standard–user-friendly controls, responsive feedback, attractive menus, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (accessible without the need to plug a smartphone into a USB port), and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA and Chevy have not yet announced fuel-economy ratings for the 2021 Chevy Camaro, but the 4-cylinder should remain having the highest city and highway estimates in the Camaro lineup. The V6 and V8 as expected are less frugal but they do well upon testing. When testing Camaro’s three available engines paired with the manual transmission, they were all within 1 mpg (plus or minus) of their government highway ratings.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not crash tested the 2021 Camaro yet, but the mechanically similar 2020 model got a five-star rating. Likewise, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not yet tested the 2021 Camaro. The previous year model did not get a Top Safety Pick, however.
Despite the Chevy pony car having less driver-assistance tech than either of its competitors, it’s available with many pieces of safety equipment. Key features include: available forward-collision warning, available blind-spot monitoring, available rear parking sensors and rear cross-traffic alert
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Chevy provides a limited and powertrain warranty that is comparable to Ford’s and Dodge’s. The Bow Tire brand offers the first maintenance service free of charge, too. The limited warranty has 3-year coverage or 36,000-mile coverage. The powertrain warranty has a 5-year or 60,000-mile coverage. The first visit for complimentary maintenance is covered.
Pricing, Trims and Additional Packages
LS price starts at $25,000
LT price starts at $25,500
LT1 price starts at $34,000
SS price starts at $37,500
If you want to fully experience the latest Camaro, the best way to go is with the optional 1LE Track Performance package. It offers distinct look pieces like the black-painted 20-inch wheels and satin-black exterior accents. Then there’s unique interior bits including microsuede trim and also has more supportive front seats (for SS trims only). But the most significant upgrades are those that enhance the performance. Every 1LE comes with special suspension tuning, a dual-mode exhaust system, more powerful brakes, powertrain-cooling components and a limited-slip differential.
Here Are More 2021 Camaro Packages
- Satin Black Appearance Package: Satin Black Appearance: Satin Black outside mirrors and rear spoiler (Spoiler is RPO D5Z).
- Adrenaline Red Interior Package: Black interior with Adrenaline door inserts, seat inserts, and stitching on steering wheel, center console, front seats, and doors (This package is not available with exterior color Crush, Shock or Riverside Blue Metallic.
- Ceramic White Interior Package: Black interior and adds Ceramic White door inserts, front seat inserts and stitching on center console, steering wheel, front seats, shifter and doors.
- LPO, Winter/Summer Floor Mats Package: (VAV) All-weather floor mats and (VYM) Premium carpeted floor mats.
- LPO, Black Wheel Lug Nuts and Locks Package: LPO, (SPZ) Black wheel locks, and Black lug nuts. Black Wheel Lugs Nuts and Locks Package Black finish for a smooth look that lifts your car’s appearance.
- LPO, Camaro Logo Package: LPO, (SH1) Embroidered center console lid that has the Camaro badge, (VYW) premium carpeted floor mats with Camaro logo, and Camaro logo fender badge (RIN).
- LPO, Black Interior Appearance Package: (WGT) Black Interior Trim Kit, door accent trim, (S0U) Black sueded knee pads and LPO.
- LPO, Dark Tint Rear Lighting Package: (SCY) Dark Tint finish tail lamps, (62O) Clear CHMSL, LPO and Clear Center High-Mounted Stop/Brake (CHMSL) lamp
- Technology Package: (IOS) Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus system, (UQA) Bose premium speaker system and 8″ diagonal HD color touchscreen
- LPO, Body-Color Spoiler with Wicker Package: LPO (Not available with any RPO stripe option (5ZU), Body-color blade spoiler, LPO and (SIA) Wicker bill, or (D88) 1LE Hash Mark Decal.
- LPO, Red Accent Exterior Package
- RS Package: RS-specific grilles, Black front and rear bowties, dark tint LED tail lamps, (also includes (RQ9) 20″ 5-split spoke premium Gray-painted, and (D80) decklid-mounted lip spoiler, machined-face aluminum wheels. Upgradeable wheels to RTJ/RTH/WR1/5K9, or upgradeable to package specific wheels.)
- LPO, Satin Black Front Splitter/Side Rockers Package
- LPO, Suspension Handling Package, 1LE Track Pack – V8
- Redline Edition: (2F5) Red knee pads and (VYW) Premium carpeted floor mats, (SRI/58E) 20″ Black-painted aluminum wheels with Red accents, (CG6) Black Camaro fender badge with Red outline, (3F9) Red seat belt color.
- LPO, Black Accent Exterior Package: includes 20″ 5-split spoke Satin Black wheels, (PCR) Satin Black Front Splitter/Side Rockers Package, LPO and (5JX/57S) LPO (Requires (WRS) RS Package.
The Most Talked About Wild Cherry Design Packages
The 2021 Chevrolet Camaro gets new Wild Cherry Design Packages. The Wild Cherry Tintcoat on the Camaro’s exterior color palette is definitely an eye candy. It replaces the previous Garnet Red paint option. If you want to get the most out of the new color, you can select one of two Wild Cherry Design packages. The Wild Cherry Design package 1 is available for the Camaro LT and LZ trim levels. This package includes black metallic hash mark stripes on the fenders, special forged aluminum wheels in a polished finish with Camaro shield emblem center caps, Camaro floor mats with silver edging and Camaro fender badges. Getting this package will cost you $2,145.
The Wild Cherry Design package 2 costs $5,595. This package is available for trim levels: 2LT, 3LT and 2SS. This package also has what the first package has and adds black suede interior trim, unique ground effects, a carbon-fiber insert for the fuel door, and a center stripe in black or silver. These two packages are available for both convertible and coupe models painted in the new shade of red. The base Camaro 1LS and the 650-horsepower ZL1 are the only 2021 Camaros where the Wild Cherry Design package is not offered as an option.
- Wild Cherry Design Package 1: 20″ 5-split spoke polished forged wheels and (VYW) premium carpeted floor mats with Camaro logo, (RY2) Black Metallic Hash Mark Stripes, LPO, (WR1/57W), LPO Also includes (CG3) Camaro fender badge emblem and LPO (5ZB) Camaro logo wheel center caps. Requires exterior color (GSK) Wild Cherry Tintcoat and (WRS) RS Package. Wheel RPO is WR1.)
- Wild Cherry Design Package 2: Wild Cherry Design Package 1, (VQL) Fuel filler door in Black with visible carbon fiber insert, LPO, (VTD), LPO and (DUU/DUV/DW8) Center Stripe (Requires exterior color (GSK) Wild Cherry Tintcoat, Carbon Flash Metallic, second generation Ground Effects, and the selection of either (DW8) Black Metallic Center Stripe or (DUV) Silver Center Stripe.