Most of us, from time to time, have run into people who just have to make their presence known. They shout “Here I am!” through their bold and unusual clothing, loud voices and gobs of braggadocio. The Camaro does the same thing. Look at those all-American haunches. Listen to the loud burble of that exhaust. Take in the less-than-stellar, American-cheap interior. Then hit the gas, revel in the howl and smoke those tires. You just know you will turn heads. It’s a car that can easily transform an innocent Baby Boomer into a Bad Boy.
At the same time, though, the Camaro surprises with sophisticated suspension and steering that make it a star on the track and the twisties. In drives of the Camaro (1SS and ZL1 convertible) and the Corvette, on both back roads and the race course, I just felt the former gave me everything I wanted -- and more.
But perhaps that’s just me. Go for the Stingray if you must, especially with upper-level Camaros such as the ZL1 now heading north of $60K. But give me just a 1SS -- Bright Yellow will do -- and I’ll have fun-fun-fun all day across the U-S-A.
BY THE NUMBERS (1SS, ZL1 convertible)
Price: $34,350, $62,850
Horsepower: 426, 580
0-60: 5 secs (est.), 4.1 (Chevrolet)
Curb weight: 3,908 lbs, 4,374
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