2011 Chevrolet Camaro - Video Transcript

H: Hi I’m Ryan Lee

E: and I’m Vanessa Leigh

H: You’re watching AutoTrader’s new car video review of the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro.

Although the Camaro was discontinued after 2003, it returned in 2010 with class leading performance and a completely modern look that hints at the past. Because the Camaro was all new in 2010, the 2011 model remains largely unchanged receiving only minor changes.

E: And though its styling is inspired by the 1969 Camaro, this is a fully modern pony car. Unlike the Camaros of the 80’s that had a truck-like solid rear axle, this new Camaro has independent rear suspension, giving it better handling and a more comfortable ride..

H: And this Camaro,actually has a usable back seat, unlike previous Camaros….Although not as roomy as a sedan,  there’s enough room for two smaller adults or children.

E: The cockpit, dash and instruments take their inspiration from the first generation Camaro, especially with the two deep-well gauges. SS models also get auxiliary gauges in the center console, just like the first-generation Camaro.

H: Right, but like you said, it’s also fully modern, complete with  digital readouts and vehicle information displays.  The materials used in the cabin are high quality… and these seats are both comfortable and supportive.

While this car is definitely an exercise in muscle car styling, there is one drawback: Visibility isn’t so great, especially out the rear  window. One way to help with that is with the available reverse-sensor package that lets you know if you are getting too close to something. 

Ok let’s get down to the whole point of a car like this: the engine. What sort of muscle is the 2011 Camaro packing under the hood?

E: Believe it or not, the Base, LS, and LT models like this one feature a V6. Yah, I know… in the past, the V6 Camaro’s were slow and forgettable..  Thankfully, modern V6 engines are more powerful and fuel-efficient than  in the past.   For 2011, the Camaro’s 3.6-liter V6 makes an impressive 312 horsepower while still getting 18 miles per gallon city and as much as 29 miles per gallon on the highway with the automatic transmission.

H: Not bad at all. That’s about the same as the Mustang V6, which has 305 horsepower and gets about 31 miles per gallon on the highway.

E: Right, and this is just the base Camaro. If you want more grunt, opt for the SS. It packs a 6.2-liter V8 with 426 horses on the 6-speed manual model and 400 horses on the automatic version, which, by the way, still gets a reasonable 16 miles per gallon, city and 25 on the highway.

H: No matter which engine you choose this car is going to move… just depends on how fast you want to get up and go. The V6 goes from 0-60 in about 6 seconds, while the V8 does it in just 4.6 seconds. .

!...But all this performance comes at a price. At $22,680, the base Camaro is over $500 more than the base Mustang. And if you want V8 power, it’ll cost you $1300 more for a base SS Camaro versus a base Mustang GT.

E:  True, you spend a bit more, but you also get a bit more:  The Mustang still uses a very dated solid rear axle setup, putting the ride and handling of the independently sprung Camaro well above that of the Mustang.

H: If a 2011 Camaro is in your future, we’d recommend the base Camaro with the Convenience and Connectivity package that adds a great iPod/radio interface AND Bluetooth hands free calling.  Go for the RS V6 package and add bold 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels, xenon headlights, parking sensors, and a Boston Acoustic stereo.

E: When it comes right down to it, if you need a large  back seat , or do a lot of parallel parking, the Camaro may be too impractical.  But if you are a driving enthusiast and want Corvette V8 power at just over $30,000, the Camaro could be the ride for you.  I’m  Vanessa Leigh

H: and I’m Ryan Lee.  Thanks for watching this new car video review of the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro, right here on AutoTrader- The Ultimate Automotive Marketplace.


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