So why subject a Chevrolet Camaro to a full road test, and why now? After all, we first drove this iconic American muscle car in the UK two years ago, almost to the week, and in similar mechanical specification. 

Then, however, it was available only as a grey import, whereas now the Camaro is officially offered for sale directly through Chevrolet’s resurgent dealer network. Priced at £35,025, it looks conspicuously good value, too. 

Unlike other modern Chevrolets, there is nothing ‘designed for Europe’ about the Camaro. It is a brawny muscle car in the truest sense: a two-door coupé in left-hand drive only and equipped with a 6.2-litre V8 engine.

We’re not road testing this car in the belief that it’s going to sell in large numbers in the UK. Ultimately, it is the mechanical spec that gives us the most compelling reasons to assess it. That engine, a six-speed manual gearbox, rear-wheel drive and a limited-slip differential sound like an absolute giggle, giving all the reasons we, or you, should need to lavish attention on it. We’re testing it in its standard guise, apart from optional 45th anniversary badging.

Top 5 Sport coupes

  • Porsche Cayman
    The Porsche Cayman is now in its second generation

    Porsche Cayman

    1
  • The stated criteria for the GT86 read like a purist's manifesto: rear-drive, no turbo, ordinary tyres

    Toyota GT86

    2
  • BMW M235i
    The BMW M235i is a rear-wheel-drive turbocharged coupé which rivals the likes of the Porsche Cayman

    BMW M235i

    3
  • Costliest car gets the deftest chassis to ever underpin a TT - the best reason yet to buy into Audi’s coupe.

    Audi TTS

    4
  • Peugeot RCZ R
    The front-drive RCZ R packs a 266bhp turbocharged engine

    Peugeot RCZ R

    5

First drives

Videos

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • First Drive
    2 September 2015
    Kia facelifts its Cee'd and drops its six-speed torque converter in favour of a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox in the process. We drive it for the first time
  • First Drive
    1 September 2015
    Kia has developed a better-mannered, more sophisticated Sportage for 2016
  • First Drive
    31 August 2015
    Thought the 3 Series was losing its edge? Well it's back, with a facelifted version that offers improved performance and dynamics. Does it reclaim its top spot after our drive on UK roads?
  • First Drive
    27 August 2015
    BMW gives its flagship 7 Series an extensive overhaul in a bid to tempt buyers of luxury cars away from the Mercedes S-Class, Audi's A8 and the Jaguar XJ
  • First Drive
    26 August 2015
    New Qashqai rival majors on practicality and usability and benefits from a long warranty, but lower-specification versions are the better bet