Drivers have felt a need for speed, power, and performance since the introduction of the automobile in the late 1800s. By the 1960s, that need reached a new level when Ford introduced the Mustang and forced manufacturers like Chevrolet to answer the call and enter the competition. Chevrolet did exactly that with the debut of the Camaro in 1967. Fast forward five decades, and the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro remains the Mustang’s fiercest competitor. But what exactly makes the Camaro so special?
With over five million sold since its introduction, it’s no surprise that the Chevrolet Camaro is an icon of American culture. It’s often included in the class of pony cars and muscle cars thanks to its prowess on the road, which is exactly what’s found in the sixth-generation models. Here’s a closer look at everything that makes the 2021 Camaro truly remarkable, from its powertrain and performance to its technology and safety features.
Chevrolet raised the bar with the powertrain on the 2021 Camaro. Instead of offering a single, standard engine across all trim packages—LS, LT, LT1, SS, ZL1—Chevrolet gives drivers a choice between four powertrains. The LS and LT trims come standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The LS, which starts at $25,000, also comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission with an available 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission.
The LT, which starts at $25,500, offers more power by giving drivers an optional upgrade to the 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 335 horsepower and 284 lb-ft of torque. Like the LS, the LT’s standard 2.0-liter engine comes with a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic transmission. The V6 engine offers a third alternative with an available 10-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission.
Additional upgrades to the LT include the 2LT and 3LT packages that take the Camaro’s comfort and convenience features up a notch. The 2LT package includes heated and ventilated leather-appointed front seats in addition to offering drivers the Wild Cherry Design Package II. The 3LT package includes everything from the 2LT package as well as a wireless charging station, enhanced safety alerts, interior spectrum lighting, and a cutting-edge head-up display.
The LT1 gives drivers even more power and performance thanks to its 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivers 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque. The LT1, which starts at $34,000, comes with a standard 6-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching or a 10-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. While the LT1 offers plenty of power and performance, drivers can upgrade to several available packages, including the Wild Cherry Design Package I, the Redline Edition, the RS Package, or the Satin Black Appearance Package.
The next step up from the LT1 is the SS, which is priced at $37,500 and comes with the same V8 engine and transmission. The SS also includes four-wheel antilock, four-wheel disc brakes as well as available Brembo four-piston or six-piston front calipers that deliver improved handling and performance. The 2SS package is an upgrade to the standard SS and includes heated and ventilated leather seats, interior spectrum lighting, a head-up display, and enhanced safety alerts. Like the LT1, drivers can upgrade the SS with packages like the SS 1LE Track Performance Package, the Redline Edition, the Satin Black Appearance Package, or the Wild Cherry Design Package I.
The ZL1 is the top-of-the-line Camaro and starts at $63,000. It’s what Chevrolet calls “the supercharged crown of the Camaro family” with its 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. The ZL1 comes with a standard 6-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching or an available 10-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. It also features Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers that can be upgraded to match the 1LE Extreme Track Performance Package.
The 2021 Chevrolet Camaro delivers the latest technology to ensure drivers stay connected once they’re behind the wheel. At the heart of the Camaro’s connectivity is the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. This allows drivers to sync their smartphones to access their music, messages, maps, apps, and more. The system also includes several in-vehicle apps like Spotify, The Weather Channel, Marketplace, Fox Sports, USA Today, and Pandora.
The Camaro’s built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot ensures drivers stay connected wherever the road takes them. The available Sirius XM and Connected Navigation ensure drivers have plenty of entertainment and data at their fingertips. But Chevrolet didn’t stop there! Chevrolet knows that life goes on even when drivers get behind the wheel, which is why the manufacturer teamed up with Amazon to add Alexa to the Camaro’s technology suite. This allows drivers to stream their favorite music, connect with their smart home devices, and add to their Amazon shopping list.
Another impressive feature on the Camaro is the MyChevrolet app that gives drivers more control over the vehicle at the touch of a button. This smartphone app is a mobile command center for the Camaro and boasts a variety of capabilities depending on the trim package. For example, drivers can use the app as a remote key fob to remotely start and stop the vehicle, unlock and lock the doors, and sound the horn. The app also allows drivers to locate the vehicle on a map and check stats like fuel range, oil life, and tire pressure.
The MyChevrolet App also makes vehicle ownership easier by allowing users to set a preferred dealer, schedule service and repairs, and check for recalls within the app. It also includes the vehicle’s owner’s manual as well as resources like how-to videos, the marketplace, the My Rewards program, and Smart Driver insights about driving behavior that can potentially lead to annual savings on automotive insurance.
The Camaro’s technology doesn’t stop with connectivity. It also extends to convenience features like the customizable head-up display that shows an instant reading of speed, fuel level, and other vital information on a transparent screen on the windshield. Technology like Drive Modes allows drivers to customize their experience behind the wheel by selecting the best mode for the driving condition—Sport, Tour, Snow/Ice, and Track.
The SS and ZL1 models feature even more tech features for drivers with a need for speed. Both models offer Launch Control, which optimizes the Camaro’s acceleration and performance on the track by allowing the driver to adjust wheel slippage and launch rpm. Custom Launch Control takes this one step further by allowing drivers to warm up the tires prior to a race by locking the front wheels and letting the back tires spin. Speaking of racing, there’s also an available Performance Data Recorder that records the Camaro’s performance, which is ideal for drivers looking to take the Camaro to the track!
Chevrolet’s commitment to innovation extends beyond technology to the Camaro’s safety suite. There are a variety of standard and available safety features on the Camaro that are designed to give drivers even more confidence behind the wheel. For example, the rear vision camera comes standard on all models and provides drivers with a clear view of the rear of the Camaro when it’s shifted in reverse. This feature works hand-in-hand with the available Rear Cross-Traffic Alert system that activates when the vehicle is in reverse and alerts the driver of vehicles crossing behind the Camaro.
Rear Park Assist is another available feature that, like the rear vision camera and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, works when the Camaro is in reverse. This safety feature makes parking easier by scanning the rear of the vehicle for potential hazards or obstacles. If anything is detected, the system alerts the driver to prevent a potential collision.
Fortunately for drivers, Chevrolet didn’t stop at reverse-oriented safety technology. They also added a Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and a Forward Collision Alert as available updates to the Camaro. The Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert takes the guesswork out of changing lanes by scanning the perimeter of the vehicle for moving vehicles. The Forward Collision Alert works in a similar way by monitoring anything to the front of the vehicle, whether the driver is following another vehicle too closely, or if the traffic ahead suddenly slows. An alert will then flash if a collision seems imminent.