Saturday, October 13, 2012

First Drive: Chevrolet Camero RS

The Camaro was Chevrolet's entry in the pony car wars. It competed against the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. In 2002, General Motors stopped production of the Camaro after four generations of the Camaro. In 2010, General Motors brought back the Camaro. I visited the local Chevrolet dealership and test drove a Chevrolet Camaro RS. This Camaro had a black interior, 1LT trim level, a 3.6L V6 engine with 323 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque, and a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The price for the car I test drove was $30,145.

The car has a retro muscle/pony car styling. The fifth-generation Camaro looks amazing. Inside, I had no visibility issues while test driving the car. There is plenty of head room and leg room in the front. Since this is a 2-door muscle car, this is very little head and leg room for rear passengers. What I really like is the heads up display for the driver. I was able to focus on the road and could see how fast I was going without looking down. However, the passenger cannot see the heads up display since it is directly in the driver's line of sight.

The ride quality for the Camaro is top notch. The Camaro drove smoothly over bumpy roads. I could not feel any bumps. Steering was very responsive. The brake and throttle petals were very responsive. I press down on the throttle and the Camaro goes. I had no issues using the paddle shifters to change gears while the car was in drive. The cabin was quiet with exception of the engine/exhaust. This is a muscle car so that is expected. The Camaro RS has great acceleration, even with the V6 engine. It takes the Camaro RS to go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. 

Overall, the Camaro RS is a great car. It is very fun to drive. It drives great, pedals and paddle shifters are very responsive, acceleration is good. There  is no room in the back, so the Camaro is not that practical as a family car. If you still desire more speed and acceleration, the Camaro SS comes with a 426 hp 6.2L V8 engine and the Camaro ZL1 comes 580 hp 6.2L V8. 

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