Vehicle Profile: 2013 Chevrolet Camaro

America’s most popular sports car features powerful engines options and excellent fuel economy

The only thing more American than apple pie is the Chevrolet Camaro. Offering coupe and convertible body styles, a track-ready performance package, more standard features and additional audio, technology and convenience choices, the 2013 Chevy Camaro, on sale now here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, maintains a strong hold on its status as the most popular American sports car.

Automotive journalists love the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro (MSRP starting at $23,345), too. Kelly Blue Book awarded the 2013 Camaro SS “Best Resale Value – High Performance” and the Camaro V6 “Best Resale Value – Sports Car.” Consumer’s Digest chose the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro as a “Best Buy” for the fourth year in a row thanks to outstanding four-passenger comfort, ergonomics, styling, safety and value.

New for 2013, a special 1LE Performance Package––available on SS coupe models––features unique gearing and suspension, plus ZL1-sourced 20-inch wheels with Goodyear Eagle Supercar G:2 tires. The package makes the Camaro SS

Coupe capable of pulling more than 1 g of lateral acceleration – a feat many rear-wheel drive cars costing twice as much as the Camaro can’t achieve.

 Camaro drivers have three powerful and efficient engine choices, depending on trim choice. For the ultimate blend of muscle and fuel efficiency, the 3.6-liter direct-injected V6 engine in LS and LT trims delivers 323 hp while returning a remarkable 30 mpg highway. In comparison, the larger, 3.7-liter V6 standard in the 2014 Ford Mustang produces 305 hp. Depending on your shifting preferences, the V6 in the Camaro can be outfitted with either a Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic transmission with TAPshift clutchless manual shifting or an Aisin six-speed manual. For 2013, all Camaro models equipped with a manual transmission also come with standard Hill Start Assist, to help prevent roll-back when starting off on an incline.

The Camaro SS features two 6.2-liter V8 powerplants: a 400-hp version with Active Fuel Management, paired with a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission; and a 426-hp version paired with a Tremec six-speed manual specially designed to manage the high torque produced by the V8. A 6.2-liter V8 that produces 580 hp is also available in the ZL1 (the ZL1 will be the topic of a separate article). All V8 models equipped with a manual feature standard Launch Control, which controls wheel-spin for maximum off-the-line traction and acceleration.

The SS 1LE includes a special Tremec six-speed manual transmission with air-to-liquid cooling and close-ratio gearing optimized for road racing. Exclusive monotube rear dampers deliver enhanced body-motion control for high-speed maneuvering without compromising ride quality.

Additional SS 1LE Performance Package equipment includes the flat-bottom steering wheel from the ZL1, covered in sueded microfiber; larger front and rear stabilizer bars; functional front splitter and rear spoiler; matte black hood; a strut tower brace that provides enhanced steering response and feel; and a high-capacity fuel pump with extra fuel pickups for better delivery under hard cornering. The Camaro SS 1LE is a bona-fide racing machine designed to dominate any track it sets rubber onto.

Unlike traditional muscle cars, the 2013 Camaro features a fully independent front and rear suspension to minimize body roll, improve cornering and enhance ride quality. SS trims also come with custom suspension setting adjustments for road and track performance. Four-wheel disc brakes are standard on all trims, and the SS comes with more powerful Brembo four-piston calipers.

A new, variable-ratio, variable-effort electric power steering system is standard on all SS trims, delivering light-input maneuverability at low speeds while increasing resistance and feedback at higher speeds for a more direct steering sensation.

Of course, every Camaro benefits from one of the most iconic designs in muscle car history, with classic cues from what many consider the ultimate muscle car – the 1969 Camaro. For those who love the sensation of open-air motoring, the Camaro Convertible is available in two LT trims and two SS trims. Specifically designed to be a convertible (not just a coupe with a different roof), the Camaro Convertible benefits from special bracing and a stiffened body structure to prevent unwanted flex, road noise and body sway.

Inside the 2013 Camaro, classic design blends perfectly with modern technology, like the popular Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system and color-touch radio, standard on LT and SS trims for 2013. Special LED ambient lighting; remote vehicle start; a nine-speaker, 245-watt Boston Acoustics sound system; turn-by-turn navigation; heated, leather-trimmed seats; a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a Head-Up display are among the many luxury and convenience features that are standard or available depending on trim.

In addition to its outstanding reputation as a sports car, the Camaro has an equally impressive safety record. Featuring a protective “safety cage” design, six standard airbags and standard StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control, the 2013 Camaro was the first passenger car to receive the revised federal quadruple “5-Star” safety rating. For added safety and visibility, a Rear Vision Package is standard on 2LT and 2SS models.

Boasting head-turning design, powerful and fuel-efficient engines, advanced technology, industry-leading safety, and a special package for hardcore driving enthusiasts, not only is the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro one of the best sports car values in America, it’s also one of the best automotive values, period. If you’ve always wondered what it would be like to own an American icon, don’t wonder any longer; stop in today and get behind the wheel of the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro.

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