General Motors has announced that the current Chevrolet Camaro which has been in the market for three years has received its mid-cycle update and will be offered with a revised appearance and new options this year.
The refresh exercise attempts to smarten up the car’s appearance besides inculcating distinct front-end styling features for the LS/LT, RS and SS models in particular by playing with jewellery like grille and headlamps. As a result, the 6.2-litre V8 powered SS-specific front face features a functional ‘flowtie’ open bowtie grille emblem with larger air-flow enhancing curtains and package-specific headlamps and a new extractor-style bonnet.
The lesser RS spec model also focuses on an appearance package which includes a unique polished black grille with Galvano Chrome lower inserts, an LED signature bar and 20in wheels. The RS and SS get specific rear diffusers to match their optional dual-mode exhausts and the taillamps are dark-tinted on RS, SS, and ZL1 variants.
For track-oriented enthusiasts, GM has introduced an entry level forced fed 1LE edition which adds to the existing V6 1LE, SS 1LE and ZL1 1LE line-up.
The new 1LE edition gets six-speed manual transmission and is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine which offers healthy 275hp and 295 pound-feet of torque. It also gets upgraded suspension derived from the FE3 set up which means it comes with larger diameter front and rear stabilizer bars, specifically tuned shock absorbers, stiffer rear cradle bushings and cross-axis ball joints in the rear tow links to enhance lateral stiffness. As a serious track entry model, drivers will be able to choose Driver Mode Selector with Sport Mode and new Track Mode; Competition Mode (within Sport and Track Modes) besides access to performance instrument readouts, launch control and shift indicators. That’s not all. Standard suede-lined flat-bottom steering wheel and shift knob and Recaro seats are also offered. The car rides on asymmetric rim/tyres [P245/40R20-front and P275/35R20-rear] and stopping performance comes from Brembo brakes. Meanwhile, the SS gets 10-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission featuring custom launch control and line lock.
Cabin improvement details are awaited from GM and it is expected that the 2018/2019 line up will benefits from latest infotainment systems, with optional rear camera mirror and forward collision alert.
The convertibles also get facelifted with many styling features from the hard tops.