S HELTON, Washington – Chevrolet early in the fall of 1966, Camaro introduced the 1967 model year, and even an 11-year-old who, at that time, could see that it was the answer, better late than never, to the Ford Mustang.
The first Camaro had a meaningless name and cat cat look. In 1969 it became a more tasty and formidable car. Did anyone say that at 50 years I would be keen to drive a four-cylinder version called Camaro Turbo 1LE, and to drive it on a racetrack on it, I would have disbelieved them. Great V-8s were overall these days.
Today's sixth generation Camaro, introduced in 2016, included the choice of a turbocharged 2.0 liter four that made 275 hp and 295 lb-ft torque. It has represented about 35 percent of sales. You can also get the 1
As if infecting alphanumeric, Turbo 1LE contains the FE3 suspension. It means larger diameter stabilizer rods, upgraded dampers and stiffer bushings. Brembo rear brake with four piston (single piston rear) and powerful engine oil, transmission and differential cooling are also part of the agreement. Forged 20-inch wheels carry the Goodyear Eagle F1 driving tire, it's a unique front splitter and rear spoiler, and the black vogels and mirror hoods provide a striking signature. Recaro seats, a head-up display and a slim performance data recorder are possibilities.
The forecast is forearmed and on a recent sunny afternoon I was in the mines at Ridge Motorsports Park, buckling into a Simpson helmet and HANS unit and took me in place behind the suede-wrapped, flat-bottom wheel. Instructor J.D. talked over the car-to-car radio. JD, who is home to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, was here to lead journalists around Ridge's brushed 16-turn, 2.47-mile layout.
I started the engine, plugged an SD card in the PDR, plonked the six-speed manual gearbox into the first and launched behind JD After a feisty warming layer we hammered down straight and beat 115 mph before scrubbing 35 mph for turn One, one left hand. Entering Turn Two, which is tighter, says JD, "Hard on the brakes, down to third gear." The car was set up as a beggar terrier.
By associating the next three turns along with subtle steering entrances, I kept the revolutions over 3000 rpm, where peak moments were delivered. Direct injection DOHC fire with variable valve timing impressed with smoothness. It provides a robust air through the midfield but approaches high horsepower at 5,600 rpm. It was like Eddie Vedder. We got into one of the hardest parts of the track, a 180 degrees right followed by a dump in the Twisted Turn Eight.
"The car is compacting." Now JD said, "We had further proof of the composite chassis." There was no squirming. sharp for nine. When I induced a wiggle by opening the throttle prematurely, Camaro Turbo's weight of 3,354 pounds came to mind. "If you cross the border, it's easy to catch," engineer Michael Tung said. "It's a pleasure to drive. "The respiratory damper straightened the car, and we were looking for more continuous bends, another hairpin, a right-hand side and Ridge's version of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca's cork screw.
The track highlighted the car's beautiful balance and uneven attitude. The coupling requires only light inputs, the control is fast and precise, and the brake response is like being delivered a bag full of $ 100 bills. Body rolls are non-existent thanks to the FE3 spring components.
With 90 percent of the engine's moment is available at less than 2000 rpm, guaranteed a strong driveway. Ridge's ups and downs made me realize that a bonobo can make a quick run in a 455 hp Camaro SS, but Camaro Turbo rewards the artwork. Maintaining momentum got me around there fast enough to get quite entertained. The rear axle ratio of 3.27: 1 helps, and the third gear fits the most.
For $ 30,995, Camaro Turbo represents a nice value. In addition to all that has already been mentioned, the buyer buys a driving mode selector that includes a track setting with readouts. The optional head-up screen shift light was useful. And with PDR, Camaro Turbo has the coolest media device since Chrysler's Highway Hi-Fi. At the end of the race, SD cards had an entire video (the camera was at the rear) with overloaded data on speed, revolutions, side forces and track placement – all but a General Motors share readout. "What kind of camera was it?" Asked a friend. "I want one! Very cool!"
For 2019, all Camaro models benefit from a light refreshment, with new front and back front and back and different grills. "The face is the most dramatic part of this new look," said designer John Mack and walked around Camaro Turbo. New LED headlamps with double element like a cyborg under a reshaped hood. And the LED backlights represent the latest development of Chevy's dual-element design.
Chevy's warranty also extends to the track as long as the car is unmodified. When it was time to leave, I called OnStar for turn-by-road directions to the hotel in Renton. The OnStar person thought I said "Retina." The Camaro Turbo will go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 flashes, but it will not lie in the direction of the retina.
On the road it can annoy. The high cap over the instrument cluster prevents the driver's sight. The tire shelf even exceeds a bonobo decibel limit. The suspension is rigid. Buying this car for everyday use is a big commitment, and the in-laws can ask one's character. But Camaro Turbo's incredible black looks kill, the car is good at the stoplight, and visiting the track is more fun than an 11 year old boy who has ever dreamed.