The Camaro can be had with four different engines, which can be paired with either manual or automatic transmissions. The bottom of the range is 275 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-four cylinder, but it can be replaced with the optional 3.6L V6 which gives the Camaro 335 horsepower and a surprisingly awesome engine note. SS models get a 455 horsepower 6.2-liter V8 that's taken from the Corvette, and is really the sweet spot for the Camaro. If that's not enough, Chevy offers the supercar-fast Camaro ZL1 with a supercharged version of the V8 that cranks the power up to 650 horsepower, a breathtaking amount of power that is addictive and capable of insane speeds that will get you pulled over very quickly.
Unlike Camaros of yesteryear, this generation is no longer a muscle car, but a true sports car. The Camaro is built on GM's excellent Alpha platform, which it shares with the Cadillac ATS and CTS, giving it an advanced suspension and steering set-up that allows the driver to feel in complete control during dynamic handling. The Camaro is even better when equipped with the 1LE Performance packages that are available on all models, which heavily upgrades the brakes and suspension, while also improving the cooling system so the Camaro can spend a day chasing the engine's redline and carving apexes at the local race track.
The ultimate expression of the Camaro is the ZL1 with the 1LE Performance Package, which is capable of blitzing around the infamous 12.9-mile Nurburgring racetrack in Germany in 7 minutes and 16 seconds. The package most notably adds to the ZL1 a gigantic rear wing and front splitter for maximum aerodynamic downforce, along with weight reductions, exhaust upgrades, thick and sticky tires and a new suspension. The result is grip for days combined with more power than can be reasonably use at most race tracks, giving a fantastic amount of performance for a sum well short of six figures.