The Chevrolet Camaro is one of America’s iconic sports cars, and, with a base MSRP as low as $22,805 (on select trim levels) it’s also surprisingly affordable. It comes in several trim levels (LS, LT, and SS), and for the 2011 model year, there’s even a Camaro convertible.
The exterior of 2011 Chevrolet Camaro sports a retro look with a long hood and rather short rear deck that are reminiscent of past incarnations of the car, with a honeycomb grille up front and gill-shaped air intakes in the rear. As well, the back of the car is also home to four rounded tail lights which are not unlike the lights on the Chevy Corvette.
Standard features include power mirrors and dual exhaust pipes, but there are a host of exterior options, including wheels in sizes ranging from 18 to 21 inches, heating and dimming capabilities for the mirrors, and fog lights. There’s also an RS package that bundles a rear spoiler, 20-inch wheels and high-intensity-discharge headlights with integrated halo rings.
Inside the 2011 Camaro, you’ll find a steering wheel, radio unit and climate controls that are all unique to this model, and blend in with the retro feel. An auxiliary instrument panel located near the shifter is available, and, if installed, will monitor the temperature and pressure of the oil, the temperature of the transmission fluid, and the status of the car’s battery.
Standard features include air conditioning, power windows, power locks, a keyless entry system, and XM Satellite Radio, while the available optional features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a USB connector for your MP3 player, though OnStar is also a standard feature.
Under the hood of the 2011 Chevy Camaro, there are a variety of options. The LS and LT trims come with a V-6 engine, while the SS has a V-8 that has GM’s “active fuel management” system, which will cut power to four of the cylinders when they’re not needed. There are also two different suspension settings – the SS gets the performance tuning, while the LS and LT are sport-tuned. The tricked-out SS also comes with adjustable traction and electronic stability control settings, Brembo brakes, and even Launch Control on the manual version.
More specifically, the LS and LT models come with a 312-hp, 3.6-liter direct-injected V-6 engine pushing 273 lbs-ft of torque, while the SS model comes with a 400-horsepower, 6.2 liter V-8 providing 395 lbs-ft of torque when married to the optional six-speed automatic transmission, or a 426-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 providing 408 lbs-ft of torque when mated with the six-speed manual transmission that is standard across the line.
Safety features of the 2011 Camaro include side-curtain and front side-impact airbags, antilock brakes with a brake-assist feature, both electronic stability control and traction control, and daytime running lights. As well, OnStar is enhanced with a free year of GM’s “Safe and Sound” plan and six months of the automaker’s “Connections and Directions” plan.
The convertible has the same V-6 or V-8 engine options as the hardtop 2011 Camaro, with a choice of six-speed automatic or manual transmissions, and a choice of 18-, 19, or 20-inch wheels. To boost safety, Chevy has put a tower brace beneath the hood, braced the transmission, and added bracing to the underbody, as well.