The Chevrolet Camaro looks sensational, and with a brash 6.2-litre V8 under the hood, it sounds great and goes well, too.
It doesn’t feel as fast as a muscle car should, while the ride and handling is clumsy. Interior quality isn’t great, either.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
With a 426bhp 6.2-litre V8 under the bonnet, the Camaro promises rip-snorting performance. Thing is, it never really delivers. You have to really work the engine to get the best out of it, and even when you do, the forward thrust you feel isn't quite as devastating as you'd like. Still, the mammoth torque means it’ll pull sixth gear at stupidly low speeds.
Ride & Handling
Throw the Camaro into a corner, and the body slopes sideways in a dramatic manner, which is really off-putting. You’re always aware of the Camaro’s immense size, too, and the steering doesn’t help the car’s agility, because it’s too light and woefully vague. The ride is also decidedly uncivilized too, with a knobbly quality to the ride at all speeds, while the body feels unnervingly floaty over crests and dips in the road.
Leave the manual gearbox alone - the shift is so clunky and vague that you often find yourself selecting the wrong ratio. The V8 sounds glorious when you push it hard, but it doesn’t die down enough on the motorway. Wind- and road noise are surprisingly well contained, though.