For raw power and thrilling acceleration, there is no better choice than the 2020 Chevy Camaro. The latest version of this iconic muscle car combines aggressive looks and exceptional performance to create a simply unbeatable experience. Available as either a hardtop coupe or as a power-retractable soft-top convertible, the Camaro is a fun and powerful ride that still makes for a surprisingly practical daily driver thanks to its four seats and reasonably large trunk.
The 2020 Chevy Camaro is also filled with advanced technology to enhance both comfort and performance. While on a relaxing drive, you can enjoy the modern infotainment system and feature-rich cabin, but when it is time to turn up the heat, you can take advantage of everything from launch control to magnetic dampers to help push the car to its limits. From the base LS trim to the supercharged Camaro ZL1, this all-American vehicle will make you look forward to every drive.
The 2020 Chevy Camaro has no fewer than four different engine options to choose between, ranging from a deceptively powerful turbo-four all the way up to a monstrous supercharged V8. But no matter which of these engines you choose, you will be rewarded with a true performance car that will leap off the line at your command. Further, all four of the Camaro’s engine options can be paired with either a traditional six-speed manual transmission or with a modern eight or ten-speed automatic. And even if you are not interested in rowing your own gears all the time, the automatic transmissions come with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters so that you can control gear shifts for maximum performance.
The base engine in the 2020 Chevy Camaro is a turbocharged 2.0L inline-four producing 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. And while this may be the least power option for the Camaro, it is still anything but weak and can accelerate the car from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds when equipped with the six-speed manual. The automatic transmission option for the turbo is an eight-speed automatic that sacrifices a tenth of a second on acceleration but boosts combined fuel economy from 23 MPG to 25 MPG. This good balance of performance and efficiency makes the base engine well worth considering if you are thinking about buying a Camaro for use as a daily driver.
The alternative to the 2.0L turbo is a 3.6L V6. This engine produces 335 horsepower and 284 lb-ft of torque, making a relatively small upgrade over the turbo, although it will make the car sound better. In terms of acceleration, the V6 paired with the six-speed manual transmission can propel the Camaro from 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds. However, the ten-speed automatic transmission option increases that time by two-tenths of a second even though it has additional gears. But while the V6 is marginally faster than the turbo-four, it is also noticeably less efficient. With the automatic, it produces 22 MPG combined, while the manual gives it 20 MPG combined.
To really make the 2020 Chevy Camaro come alive, you will need to upgrade to its 6.2L LT1 V8. This high displacement engine is shared with the Chevy Corvette and generates 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque, allowing the Camaro to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4 seconds flat. Unlike with the turbo-four and V6, the V8 gets its best acceleration with its ten-speed automatic transmission, while the six-speed manual has a slower but still impressive 0 to 60 time of 4.3 seconds. And while no one buys a V8 for its fuel economy, a Camaro with the LT1 can still achieve 20 MPG combined with the automatic transmission and 19 MPG with the manual.
Finally, there is the supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8 engine that is only found in the 2020 Chevy Camaro ZL1. This incredible engine unleashes 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, launching the ZL1 from 0 to 60 mph in a lightning-fast 3.5 seconds. As with the normal V8, the supercharged engine gets its best performance when paired with its ten-speed automatic, but if you are sufficiently skilled, then the six-speed manual will still achieve a 0 to 60 time of 3.7 seconds. But while this top engine gives the 2020 Chevy Camaro near supercar performance, any of the four engine options is sure to put a smile on your face whenever you have an open road in front of you.
While the classic muscle cars of the past may have had a reputation for only going fast in a straight line, nothing could be further from the truth for the 2020 Chevy Camaro. For the latest embodiment of this iconic vehicle, Chevy has taken every effort to make the Camaro as effective on the corners as on the straights. Not only did this involve the standard chassis and suspension tuning, but also significant weight reduction over past Camaro generations and the introduction of plenty of cutting edge performance technologies.
While many cars today have different drive modes, the 2020 Camaro takes this technology to a new level. Four different drive modes are available, including Snow/Ice, Tour, Sport, and Track. Changing between these modes will alter numerous aspects of the Camaro’s performance, including optimizing throttle feel, transmission shift points, power steering calibration, traction control intervention, and even suspension dampening and exhaust sound on properly equipped models. These modes help give the 2020 Camaro its dual nature as both a high-performance car and a comfortable daily vehicle.
The 2020 Chevy Camaro also comes standard with a mechanical limited-slip rear differential, helping it to put down all of its power even through corners and other low traction situations. This vital piece of equipment is actually surprisingly rare and is one element that separates the true performance cars from the merely sporty vehicles. The higher trims of the 2020 Chevy Camaro have an even more capable electronic limited-slip differential that uses computer-controlled clutches to optimize differential lock-up for different conditions.
Other advanced performance features include a launch control system that will help you get perfect acceleration off of the line every time and magnetic ride control for unbeatable and adjustable suspension feel. And while it does not technically enhance performance, the 2020 Chevy Camaro can also be equipped with a dual-mode exhaust that can alter its sound to make the car louder or quieter depending on your mood. Finally, there is an available performance data recorder that will give you real-time information that will help you hone your driving skills and improve your lap times.
The 2020 Chevy Camaro may be a performance-oriented muscle car, but that does not mean that it is not a comfortable ride. Inside the cabin of this beast, you will find all the amenities expected of a modern vehicle, from a cutting edge infotainment system to luxurious seating and advanced climate control. And on the outside, the Camaro is equally well equipped with advanced driver assistance features, keyless entry, and of course, the option for a power-retractable convertible top that can be activated at speeds of up to 30 mph. The Chevy Camaro might not technically be a luxury car, but when properly equipped, it can give even high-end vehicles a run for their money in comfort and performance.
For infotainment, the 2020 Chevy Camaro comes standard with the Chevy Infotainment 3 software and either a 7-inch or 8-inch central touch screen. This system is fully compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing seamless integration of smartphone apps for everything from music to navigation, and even supports simultaneous Bluetooth streaming from two different phones. A 4G LTE wireless hotspot is also standard on all trims for internet on the go. The more capable Plus system further adds in-vehicle apps, voice recognition, and cloud profiles to customize the system for different drivers, while the top Premium system includes built-in navigation as well.
When it comes to more basic comforts, the 2020 Chevy Camaro also does not disappoint. Seating options include adjustable power seats, heated and ventilated seats, and even RECARO bucket seats to hold you in place through the tightest corners. A dual-zone automatic climate control system is available to maintain a comfortable temperature, and can even be paired with a heated steering wheel to keep your hands warm on colder days. Finally, the 2020 Chevy Camaro is available with a nine-speaker Bose premium sound system for crisp, high-quality sound that can be easily heard even over the sound of a roaring engine.