2021 Chevrolet Camaro Review: Expected Prices, Release Date, MPG And Performance

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John Bedrow 

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July 27, 2020  at 4:18 PM

The 2021 Chevy Camaro will mostly continue the same as the outgoing variant, however, it will receive minor updates. The car is set to get an improved feature list and new color options for its 2021 iteration. It will be priced from a little over $25K and will carry a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine under the hood.

Muscle cars were a rage in the ’60s and the Camaro was one of them. Driving people to the drag strip and setting the quarter-mile timings, the Camaro has always excited matters with a reasonable backing. By setting a reputation for being an everyday driveable performance car, Chevrolet’s flagship pony is one of the most recognized muscle cars, alongside Ford and Dodge. And with a price tag that doesn’t break the bank, the Camaro ends up being the most preferred one.

However, the Camaro has not been selling as much as it used to be. To address the situation, Chevrolet has made a few delectable additions and omissions. Most of these are aesthetic changes, the overall car will remain the same, including its engine.

What’s New with the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe?

  • Wireless charging
  • 10-speed automatic transmission on SS models
  • Wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto
  • New color: Wild Cherry Tincoat replaces Garnet red.

Expected Price and Release Date of 2021 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe?

Chevrolet and GMC have been following the same rollover sequence and as per their schedule, the 2021 Camaro will be launched in the third quarter of 2020. So, until winter the 2020 Camaro will be available for purchase in showrooms, until stocks last.

Prices of the 2021 Camaro has not yet been officially released, as far as the updates are concerned there really shouldn’t be much of difference. Prices will start from an MSRP of $25, 995 (LS), and will go through varying levels up to an MSRP of $65,590, (ZL1, 6.2L V8 with Paddle Shifts).

What engine will the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro use?

The 2021 Camaro line-up features four engines that are distributed amongst all trims. The LS, 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT trims get a standard 2.0L Turbo and 3.6L V6 engines as an option. The LT1 and SS trims get a standard 6.2L Turbo V8, aka LT1 V8, and he top-of-the-line ZL1 gets a standard 6.2L Supercharged V8 aka LT4.

As far as the power output of the above engines is concerned, the 2.0L Turbo and V6 produce 275 hp and 335 hp, respectively. The LT1 V8 produces 455 hp, whereas the Supercharged LT4 produces a massive 650 hp. All engines come mated to either 6-speed Manual or Paddle Shift Automatic transmissions, which are pretty quick in its business. But in 2021, the SS will get a new 10-Speed automatic transmission. The LT4 under the ZL1’s hood can propel the car to 60mph under 3.5 seconds, for it was developed on the Nurburgring circuit. The 2.0L Turbo is also credited with some impressive 0-60 timings.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe *

2020 Ford Mustang Coupe

2020 Nissan 370Z

2020 Dodge Challenger

Base MSRP

$25,995

$26,670

$30,090

$31,095

Engine

2.0Lturbo Inline-4

2.3L Inline-4

3.7L V6

3.6L V6

Transmission

6-Speed manual

6-Speed manual

6-Speed manual

8-speed automatic

Power (hp@rpm)

275@5600

310@5500

332@7000

305@6350

Torque(lb-ft@rpm)

295@3000

350@3000

270@5200

268@4800

0-60 (seconds)

5.4

5.0

4.6

6.3

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14

14.4

13.3

14.8

*2020 Figures used for reference

The 2.0L engine gives tough competition to its rivals and completes the quarter-mile flag in just 14 seconds which is among the fastest in the chart. The Nissan with its 3.7L V6 engine generates maximum power which helps it complete the 0-60 sprint in just 4.6 secs. Dodge falls last in the list with a 6.3 second time gap.

Ride and Handling

The Camaro is a pretty large and heavy car. Despite weighing more than 3000 lbs, the 2021 Camaro will handle and drive around corners pretty subtly. The Magnetic Ride Control works like bliss and balances out the Camaro pretty aptly and that was one of the most stand out features in the 2020 model. The 2021 iterations will not see any change as such on this front, for the Camaro is already a pretty well-equipped vehicle in this regard.

The steering wheel feels light and responds quickly to all kinds of scenarios. On highways, the Camaro feels much more engaging to drive and with standard 19-inch wheels, the car stays firmly stable too. There’s also a five-link suspension setup on the rear-axle which makes the Camaro a comfortable car to ride on long-distance trips too. 

Despite having an infamous streak in the past, like every other muscle cars in the market, the Camaro has come a long way from its lack of handling prowess days. Not that its reliance on technologies has smoothened out the ride quality a lot, but by making the right decisions from suspension set up, to wheel sizes, the Camaro now has far superior ride quality compared to yesterdays.

How fuel-efficient will the 2021 Camaro be?

With emission standards getting stringent every day, manufacturers have been scrambling around to find ways to extrapolate the most out of the minimum and Chevrolet seems to have found the winning formula. The 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder engine is one of the efficient engines in the lot, even though it might not read a lot on paper, for Muscle cars it's quite effective.

With an effective average consumption rate of 23 miles per gallon, the Chevrolet stands after the Mustang in terms of efficiency figures. But with the biggest tank in the segment, the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro will do the most number of miles with fewer fuel breaks.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe (Expected)

2020 Ford Mustang Coupe

2020 Nissan 370Z

2020 Dodge Challenger

MPG (city)

20

21

17

19

MPG (highway)

30

31

26

30

MPG (combined)

23

25

20

23

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

19

15.5

19

18.5

Range (city/highway) (miles)

380/570

326/465

361/494

352/555

*2020 Figures used for reference

Despite having a bigger capacity engine than the Chevrolet Camaro, the Mustang has a better fuel efficiency figures. Ford’s 2.3L Inline-4 Ecoboost engine weights less and uses special coatings that reduce frictions and boosts power. All this with less fuel as possible. Both the Americans have somewhere been able to solve the problems of making the most out of less. 

What to expect from the 2021 Chevy Camaro’s interior?

The 2021 Camaro’s cabin layout will remain more or less the same, with a mix of both old and new touches. Modern equipment like heated seats, touch-screen infotainment screen does make it relevant. But the Camaro’s low seating, high-window set up still feels a bit claustrophobic at times. Simultaneously, comfort features are in abundance and the 2021 Camaro will continue its streak with the same interior.

The optional Recaro front sports seats are big and can easily seat two people comfortably. They also have heated and cooling options and are available as standard from 2LT trim onwards. The dashboard has many soft touches and the Carbon Fiber style gear shift knob just adds the right amount of dash in the new Camaro. This Chevy does outshine its opponents at times, but the rear seat continues to remain unusable for adults still now. The 2021 Camaro likewise gets outmatched in terms of trunk capacity and other storage availability. It holds the least amount of cargo space in the lot.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe (Expected)

2020 Ford Mustang Coupe

2020 Nissan 370Z

2020 Dodge Challenger

Passenger Capacity

4

4

2

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.5/55.0/43.9

37.6/56.3/45.1.

38.2/54.4/42.9

39.3/58.5/42.0

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

33.5/50.3/29.9

34.8/52.2/29.0

N/A

37.1/53.9/33.1

Cargo Capacity (cu.ft.)

9.1

13.5

6.9

16.2

*2020 Figures used for reference

Without the second row, Nissan has a similar front space like the Camaro. But the Nissan has lesser cargo space than the Camaro. Camaro’s cargo space is smaller than both the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. This rival duo also offers fairly more amount of rear space for the very young passengers as well. 

Some of the noteworthy features of the 2021 Camaro are:

  • Rearview Camera
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable passenger seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

Yes and No.

So, the 2020 Camaro was almost in the league of S-Class vehicles with its ambient lighting. It enhanced the cabin aura with its 28 customizable light options to choose from and this year, Chevrolet has decided to get done away with their LPO level spectrum lighting options. The standard Navigation upgrade is also not available with the new 2021 Camaro. The navigation upgrade kit used a portable SD card that would easily install the navigation to the system, which will now have to be separately bought from the dealership.

However, on the brighter side, the 2021 Camaro will finally get Wireless Phone Charging. In fact, the infotainment screen will now like a smartphone display where Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will come pre-installed. The bigger 8-inch touchscreen on the dashboard fills the space better and its mix of controls is easily operational.

Intuitiveness is still in sync with all General Motor cars and the Camaro is no different. And with the 2021 Camaro, Chevrolet has ventured into the right direction.

Some of the noticeable features of the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro in general are:

  • Bluetooth Connectivity.
  • USB Port.
  • AUX cable input.
  • AM/FM/HD Radio.
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
  • 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot.
  • Heads-Up Display.
  • Rearview HD Camera.

Will there be any changes to the exterior of the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro?

The sixth-generation Camaro will continue its muscular silhouette from the 60’s itself. Sturdy lines continuing from the front through the doors to the back and that matching hood still stands out. The 3D taillight further shows upmarket stance and looks better than most of its rivals, in our opinion.

However, the 2021 Camaro has been slated to get a new Wild Cherry Tintcoat red color that will replace the Garnet Red Tintcoat. The Rally green metallic which was introduced last year is not present this year. 

Furthermore, Chevrolet has made several packages available for trims that were not available last year. Both the Redline Package and RS package will be available to the 1LS and LT1 trims. These two packages give dark-tinted LED tail lamps, 20-inch Grey Aluminium Wheels. However, the more radical - Shock and Steel Special Edition Package and Insignia packages are no longer available. But, there are enough custom paint options that will be part of the Camaro’s build-up.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe (Expected)

2020 Ford Mustang Coupe

2020 Nissan 370Z

2020 Dodge Challenger

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3351

3542

3333

4057

Length (in.)

188.3

188.5

167.5

197.9

Width (in.)

74.7

75.4

72.6

75.7

Height (in.)

53.1

54.3

51.8

58.4

Ground Clearance (in.)

4.5

5.7

4.8

5.2

Wheelbase (in.)

110.7

107.1

100.4

116.2

*2020 Figures used for reference

The 2021 Camaro will not see any dimensional changes. The overall appearance will remain the same. This will further ensure that the Camaro will drive like its 2020 iteration also. Sharing almost the same length with the Ford Mustang, the Camaro obviously looks meaner without the obvious shortcomings, which come in the form of ground clearance and width.

Will the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro be worth your money and time?

This tiny muscular Chevy is on par with almost all modern cars. Even the mid-range trims are equally capable with more than a sufficient amount of the power output, compared to its rivals.

It radiates the right vibes to take it out on long drives and with the biggest fuel tank in its competition, the Camaro is a go-getter that requires minimal fuel breaks. But off late, Camaro’s have not sold that well. Chevrolet witnessed a drop of 46% in Q2 2020 compared to Q2 2019 sales. Question is: Will Chevrolet continue the Camaro badge? If no, then will the 2021 iteration be the last of the Camaro’s? A lot of questions are there but as far as this muscle car is concerned. It has a heritage and a reputation to keep. Does the 2021 Camaro live up to that? Yes, it does.

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