* New front and rear fascias for LS/LT, RS and SS trim levels
* SS now gets optional 10-speed automatic with line lock (or “burnout mode”)
* Four-cylinder model available for first time since third-generation
Chevy has taken the wraps off the 2019 Camaro, and while the design is obviously evoloutionary and not revoloutionary, there’s still plenty of big news. And in a change from most recent muscle car news, it doesn’t involve a massive horsepower number, because the General has given the Camaro a four-cyclinder option for the first time since the early ’80s.
Now, we understand that there are plenty of Camaro fans who might not think the addition of a four-banger to the lineup is a good thing, but we think it’s actually pretty cool, and the reasons are simple.
Over the past decade or so, traditional muscle cars have gotten faster and faster at the quarter mile, but they’ve also make spectacular gains in an arena where their predecessors were generally considered hopeless — the road course. So while the Turbo 1LE version of the Camaro is only packing 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, it’s designed to tackle the bends, not slay at the drags. Since it’s packing a smaller engine, the 1LE is also lighter, and according to the General, it has a weight balance that’s a near 50/50 split between front and rear. It’s also set up with plenty of trick suspension bits, including beefy stabilizer bars and performance dampers, along with fat tires and Brembo brakes. And in a nod to the enthusiast nature of the car, it’ll only be available with a manual transmission. Do we have your attention yet?
All those elements should make it an absolute hoot to drive, and we can’t wait to get behind the wheel. For info on when you can do the same, contact your local AutoNation Chevy dealer today!