The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro is a muscle car in the finest, most unapologetic tradition.
It is in this specification, anyway. The Camaro is also offered with a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, but it’s this 6.2-litre V8 version that best pays tribute to the 1966 original.
Getting under the Camaro’s muscle car body
It may be faithful to the time-honoured muscle-car blueprint, but this is undoubtedly the most technologically advanced Camaro yet. The car’s body is both 91kg lighter and 28% stiffer than that of the previous version, making for a much better basis for a high-performance car.
The suspension, meanwhile, uses aluminium components to reduce unsprung weight, and although the underlying platform is shared with Cadillac's ATS and CTS saloons, Chevrolet says 70% of components in the Camaro are bespoke.
The rear suspension uses a multi-link arrangement, rather than a crude live rear axle, while Magnetic Ride Control continuously adaptive dampers are available (and fitted to this test car). There are switchable drive modes and a brake-based torque vectoring system that helps pivot the car into a bend.
So the Camaro is laden with very up-to-date performance-car tech; but, up front, the power unit is perfectly old-school. It’s a 6162cc normally aspirated V8 that develops 447bhp and 455lb ft of torque.