The Muscle Car, Revisited
When General Motors redesigned the Chevrolet Camaro last year, a few sceptics, including yours truly, didn’t hesitated to ask if a new version of such a famous car would find its way into the hearts of drivers. Well, we got our answer. Last year, more Camaros were sold than its eternal rival, the Ford Mustang.
That being said, the Camaro isn’t perfect – far from it. But I have to admit that it’s a stunning drive, and the potent SS version manages to produce a few delightful goose bumps.
I won’t waste precious seconds of your time gushing about the Camaro’s looks. Freely inspired from the late 60’s model, the modern Camaro’s aura of power is immediately perceptible.
Its belligerent frown, aggressive grille and sharp angles are without a doubt a smashing success. The 20-inch wheels and raised hood of my tester increase the visual punch and lend the Camaro truly macho airs.
But there’s a downside to everything, and in this case it’s found cabin-side. Despite the relatively comfortable seats, the cabin as a whole seems to have been put together in a rush. While the designers intended to remain true to the original, they barely stuck to the formula. The result is somewhat slapdash and the theme is difficult to pin down.
Take the dials on the bottom of the centre console. They’re almost rectangular, in the image of the original Camaro. The problem is that you get the impression that they’re made from the original materials too, and the little glass panels jitter annoyingly to the rhythm of the car. I won’t go on about the random ergonomics either.
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