2018 Chevrolet Camaro: A Trim Comparison
Camaros have gutsy engines that make them fun to drive. The 2018 model was fully redesigned to be even more so!
With a variety of engines, it can be hard to choose between them, but we’re breaking down each trim to find out what Chevrolet gave us this year. Each of these options is available as a coupe or convertible, but we’re listing the pricing of the coupe for this article’s purposes.
The 1LS is the base trim and starts at $26,900. This muscle car uses a 2.0-Liter Turbo SIDI engine that’s capable of 275 horsepower and 295 pound-foot of torque. Those who want more power can pay more to upgrade to the 3.6-liter V6 DI engine that gets 335 hp and 284 lb-ft of torque. Buying the Chevrolet Camaro also includes two-year scheduled maintenance on your vehicle.
Even though this is the base trim, it has a six-speaker entertainment system that includes SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Like most Chevrolets, the Camaro also comes with Chevrolet MyLink, which includes a seven-inch color touch screen, Bluetooth streaming audio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The 1LS trim even has voice-activated technology, so you never have to take your hands off the wheel.
The Chevrolet Camaro 1LT trim starts at $27,695 and has one major improvement from the 1LS trim: a better transmission. It uses an eight-speed paddle shift automatic transmission to offer smooth control with quick, precise shifts. This transmission further has remote start, which comes in handy on cold days. Other than this change, there are no differences between the 1LS and the 1LT.
The 2LT resembles the 1LS because it comes with the same engine but retains the standard manual transmission of the 1LS. However, the 2LT is designed for those who love entertainment to accompany their powerful vehicle. Rather than the standard six-speaker entertainment system, the 2LT is equipped with a Bose premium nine-system sound system. The 2LT trim furthers its upgrades by adding a Dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, and heated driver and front passenger seats.
The Chevrolet Camaro 1SS looks more rugged to accompany the powerful engine under its hood. The price of the 1SS jumps to $37,995. That’s because it has a 6.2-liter V8 DI engine that’s capable of a whopping 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque. Other mechanical changes include the addition of a limited-slip rear differential, rear differential cooler, and rear axle with a 3.73 ratio. The cooling system for the 1SS includes an extra-capacity cooling system, auxiliary engine coolant, and external engine cooler.
The only drawback is that the entertainment system doesn’t include the Bose premium sound system. The 1SS includes the six-speaker system, but who needs music when you can just listen to the purr of your engine?
If the luxurious features of the 2LT spike your interest but the 1SS motor is more your style, then the 2SS is for you. This trim comes with the powerful 6.2-liter engine and includes the upgraded audio system. It gives the 2SS heated and ventilated front seating, heating steering wheel, head-up display, and wireless charging. You can get all of these great features for a starting MSRP of $42,995.
Are you still looking for more power? The ZL1 is for you. It starts at $62,495 and is the complete package. This trim has an insanely powerful 6.2-liter supercharged V8 DI engine that has 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. To help you stay in control, the ZL1 has Magnetic Ride Control. This feature monitors each wheel independently during your drive and adjusts vertical suspension every millisecond to maintain smoothness.
On the inside, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 also comes with all of the luxurious features found in the 2SS, including heated and ventilated seating, a Bose premium audio system, and more. However, one standout is the inclusion of RECARO performance front bucket seats that feature a design specifically for high g-cornering. The steering wheel is covered in sueded microfiber and features a flat bottom to increase legroom.
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