Personable power provided by the cool Camaro


2017 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe
• Small coupe, RWD
• 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine
• 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift
• Remote vehicle start
• 4G LTE OnStar Wi-Fi hotspot
• 8” Chevrolet MyLink touchscreen infotainment system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible
• Bose audio system
• Keyless open and start
• 8-way power driver seat
• Sport suspension
• 5 Year/60k Powertrain Limited Warranty. 3 Year/36k Bumper to Bumper. Roadside assistance. Two maintenance visits.
• 25 mpg (22/31 city/hwy)
MSRP: Around $28.9k, pictured, with dealer-installed options
As always, check with dealer for details

There’s been, now, over 50 years since the Camaro has first graced the roads.  It’s rebirth in the past decade has been fueled by both nostalgia and an upgrade to a modern sensibility, but at the end of the day, Camaros are just plain fun to drive (and it really helps that they look pretty cool, too).
It’s been a few years since my Dad bought his Camaro (around 49). He loved the looks of his cool car, but lamented not purchasing the heavy-duty radiator for an extra $2.50.  That 1968 Camaro rang in with a final price of around $2,000. 
Modern Camaros aren’t quite that affordable, but there are models that fit almost any budget.  I’ve driven the Camaro SS before, with its 455 horsepower engine, and it’s undeniably a blast, but for considerably less, the 2.0 liter turbo four-cylinder engine can provide one heck-of-a-drive.
It still puts out 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, which, with the Camaro’s size and footing, means it picks up and pushes you back in the seat.
The 2.0 liter is what I drove this week, and it is a very hot car.  Both from being black with a black interior on an exceptionally hot day, and also for being so cool looking despite that fact.
By adding a callback to the Camaros of yesteryear with its deeply inset grille and headlights, they managed to add a touch of retro-cool to a sleek modern car.
It hugs the ground comfortably and feels like a much larger vehicle when you first drive it, probably because it’s so low-slung. 
The 2.0 liter engine doesn’t quite roar. I think it might be too refined for that, but it does purr aggressively, and still provides a satisfying sound when accelerating. I might describe it as ‘gentlemanly.’
I’ll be honest when I say the entrance might be a little low for my 6’10” frame, but once inside, it’s not a bad fit.  There technically is a back seat, but unless the driver or passenger is much smaller than I, you might not want to sit there. This isn’t a new phenomenon to the lineup, as my siblings were the reason my father parted ways with his other baby so long ago.
Space is tight up front, too, with the aircraft cockpit-inspired dash and turbine-fan-style air vents. It feels close-together, perfect for the racing-feeling that the Camaro inspires when you drive it. 
The dash holds plenty of convenience technology, with a Bose audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible system and a driver information center with a cool g-force readout (though during maneuvers that cause excessive G, you definitely want someone else to pay attention to the readout).
Summer is here, and what better time to look cool (even if it’s pretty hot under the sun) than to drive the 2017 Camaro. Check them out for yourself and find the engine and trim level that fits your budget, at Ed Bozarth Chevrolet Buick.

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