[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he 2015 Chevrolet Camaro is the last version of the fifth generation of the popular muscle car. It was completely redesigned on a new platform for the 2010 model year, won the World Car Design of the Year at the World Car of the Year awards and has been hugely popular.
Over the years some auto writers have knocked the Camaro for poor visibility and a low-quality interior, but most have lauded it for great overall performance. Camaro fans have raved about the car and lovingly praised it for living up to the GM definition of its name — a vicious Mustang eater.
The 2015 Chevrolet Camaro lineup includes:
2LS Coupe and Convertible — powered by a 323-hp V-6, gets up to 30 mpg on the highway.
1LS Coupe and Convertible — come with Chevy’s legendary small-block 6.2-liter 426 hp V-8 that delivers 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
LE — is the most affordable, track-capable Camaro in the lineup, starting at$37,350. Offered only on SS coupes with a manual transmission and optimized for the track with unique gearing, suspension tun-ing and tires.
L1 Coupe and Convertible — is equally at home on the race track, the drag strip or daily commuting. It is the most powerful Camaro ever from Chevrolet with a super-charged 6.2-liter V-8 with 580 hp and 556 lb-ft of torque. It is also the most techno-logically advanced Camaro, with standard Magnetic Ride Control and (on coupe mod-els) Performance Traction Management.
COPO — limited to just 69 cars produced this year; is a hand-built race car designed exclusively for drag racing — the first purpose-built Camaro race car from Chevy and the quickest Camaro ever from the factory.
Z/28 — returned iconic Camaro to its road-racing roots; features exterior elements designed to produce downforce that presses car against the track for greater grip — up to 1.08 g in cornering acceleration — and faster lap times. Camaro Z/28 logged a 7:37 lap on Germany’s legendary Nürburgring track, reportedly faster than published times for the Porsche 911 Carrera S and Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.
Chevrolet upgraded the Camaro lineup in 2014 with a refreshed body style, a slimmer grille with a larger lower fascia and new fog lights and numerous upgrades. But, just last May, Chevrolet introduced the all-new sixth generation of the Camaro to coincide with the legendary muscle car’s upcoming 50th birthday.
It rides on the same A plat-form currently used by the Cadillac ATS, weighs 200 pounds less than the current Camaro and 70 percent of its architectural components are unique to it and not shared with any other GM vehicle.
It will go on sale late this year, so no doubt you’ll be able to negotiate a great deal for a 2015 fifth generation model, which has a base MSRP $23,555.
[author image=”http://www.samaonline.org/Ron.jpg” ]Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to LetsTalkCars@aol.com.[/author]