Chevrolet Camaro – The American Classic
Chevrolet Camaro is the purest, most uncompromising expression of the performance breed, allowing it easily to carry off the title of „America’s honest sports car.“ It is a superb value option to the European driver in search of a different kind of sports car. Whether with the standard 3800 V6 engine or the brilliant Corvette-inspired 5.7 liter LS1 V8, Chevrolet Camaro is eager to perform.
The Chevrolet Camaro is also roomy, comfortable and spacious. The 3.8 liter V6 engine comes with 193hp/142kW under its hood, along with sequential fuel injection which gives superb torque and muscular top-end power. Fuel economy on the automatic for 2001 is a combined cycle figure of 13.4l/100km. The figure is 10.6 l/km with the manual transmission. But the V8 all-aluminum, sequential fuel injection power pack of the Z28 Camaro adds more – and some! The Chevrolet Camaro comes in with 288hp (212kW) at 5200rpm and a torque of 322 lb ft at 4000 rpm.
The engine revs like clockwork while keeping hold of its huge low-end torque which is one of the trademarks of the classy Z28. Electronic traction control gives enhanced grip even on low-traction surfaces. In manual form, the Z28 brings 13.5l/100km, an improvement of 0.5l/100kms over the 2000 model year. It also reaches 254kph. All in all the V8-powered Z28 is a car to savour. And Chevrolet Camaro is not ashamed to say it is the next best thing to a Corvette — offering the potential buyer an affordable choice while staying in the Chevrolet sporty car stable.
Europe has a choice of Chevrolet Camaro models: the V6 powered coupe or convertible, and the stunning Z28 with the T-Top removable roof panel. Unlike some convertible models which give the clear impression that they were an afterthought, the strength of the Camaro convertible is that it was designed and engineered as such from day one. Camaro coupe models offer removable roof panels — another open-air option that is an exclusive in this segment. And a three-piece hard tonneau cover contributes to the convertible’s spectacular top-down appearance.
Comfort and convenience
Chevrolet Camaro comes with a long list of standard equipment items. Coupe and convertible include features such as the award-winning 3800 V6 engine with sequential fuel injection, a 5-speed manual transmission, power-assisted 4-wheel antilock disc brakes and rack-and-pinion power steering. Inside the list includes a tilt-steering column, air conditioning, a center console with four cup holders, two for front and two for rear seat passengers, auxiliary power and storage room for cassettes and CDs, automatic exterior lamp control, cloth front buckets with four-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, fold-down rear seats and a firm ride and handling suspension. Z28 Coupes get all of the above and more, including the Corvette-inspired LS1 V8 engine. It is available with either a 6-speed manual or 4-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission, and a limited-slip axle is included. Standard equipment on convertibles includes power windows and door locks, fog lamps and cruise control. Standard safety and security items include dual front air bags, battery run-down protection, a passive theft-deterrent system, and engine oil life monitoring. The vast expertise of General Motors’ safety engineers is used to ensure Camaro is safe in every aspect of both passenger and vehicle safety. So, for example, doors are fitted with a steel crossbeam to project passengers from side impact. In 2001, every Camaro model includes retuned shock absorbers to aid ride and handling and optimize the isolation of road noise and vibration. An addition to the Camaro color pallette for 2001 is Sunset Orange Metallic. The Chevrolet Camaro comes as standard with a comprehensive three years/100,000 km warranty and six years anti-perforation warranty.