• 2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven

    One of the few soft convertible car looking good with the top up. The Camaro design secret: the chop top aka ultra low windows.
  • The Camaro design still rocks. The facelifted front facia waters down the original design, but the SS trim still brings the goods.
  • Modest rear wing and transparent tail lights keep the design fresh. Big, real, dual exhausts are still here.
  • The high waist line of the Camaro still works its magic. A complex convertible mechanism allows the rear glass to be extremely slanted, and good looking.
  • The new headlights are cool but a little too thin. The black bumper insert from the 2019 facelift was not well received by Camaro fans.
  • Upclose on the headlghts, they feel premium. LED stripe, complex lens, on part with the industry.
  • The see trough bowtie, first seen on the Z28 is back on our SS trim. A cool details for the Z28 amateurs.
  • These bumper scoop add some sharpness to the design.
  • The Euro style taillights look great.
  • Even thought some may think they look a little too reminiscent of the 1990's.
  • The low profile rear wing, add a welcome bump to the Camaro rear bum. I think almost all rear wing look lame, but that one really felt cool.
  • A close up on the tail lights. Another surprisingly premium assembly on the Camaro, well done!
  • High waiste, slanted windshield. That's how and why the Camaro looks so good.
  • Top up, the slanted rear glass really works magic. Big wheels also help. Thank you SS trim!
  • Camaro profile is very aggressive. The facelift looks at its best on this profile shot.
  • The hood vents add that special muscle vibe. The Camaro is a bold muscle car and its nose is something to remember.
  • On the white paint, the black vents stand out in a good way.
  • The hood vents are 100% functional Who knew this was still legal in 2019!
  • No rain guard but the hole align right in front of the engine. Let's hope the engineer did their homework on that one.
  • The rear tonneau cover has a two bump design. Nothing is left to chance. nice.
  • The door panels are very busy. Complex look far from boring, but it takes a while to know where to grab the handle.
  • Mainstream buttons but the feel is good. quriky feature here, to lower the windows you have to make sure you have selected which of the front or rear windows you want to control.
  • Inside the Camaro top down
  • In the back of the Camaro top down, thing start to get crowded.
  • It is still surprisingly easy to get in and out for adults.
  • Behind the wheel, the magic happens. The sport car feeling is coming to you.
  • The whole interior screams 'Camaro baby!' Gone are the early days of cheap plastic, this is the new face of American interior.
  • The steering wheel is thick and leather wrapped.
  • The control buttons are one of my favorites.
  • Large button with a good plastic feel.
  • The engine start button could have been more fun, bit at least it is different. And the big square is easy to push.
  • The big V8 is what makes this car SPECIAL! Drive fast or slow, this is FUN!
  • The fuse box container show how much attention to details Chevy poured in the Camaro.
  • Tower strut feel solid, and the cross brace well designed.
  • The exhaust note is unbelievably good! MUST BUY THE V8! Blip, Bang, Bing, Roar!
  • Dash design is clear and sporty. This feels special, and fitted for a Camaro. LCD is crisp.
  • Gear change pedals behind the steering.
  • The transmission is fast, and rewarding.
  • Automatic would not be my first choice, but the fun factor remains. Stills offers a good fun / convenience compromise.
  • The different drive mode update many variables. steering feel is very different in each mode. My favorite, track mode of course.
  • The lower dash vents and buttons are very well designed. And again unexpectedly premium.
  • The Infotainment is fast and the display is high quality. Weirdly slanted downward, to eliiminate glare I guess.
  • Under the armest, a small storage.
  • VERY small storage. with USB.
  • A good angle showing the complex interior panel design and door trims. The modern camaro offers plenty of standout design features.
  • At night, the interior ambience is well coordinated. dash, infotainment and LED strip keep it fun.
  • The Camaro just looks awesome. I just could not leave it parked for too long...Must drive!
  • The modern Camaro is a proud heritage car. It fits in the American landscape like a good old vintage pickup truck.
  • The trunk has always been the low point on the camaro. The biggest problem being the small trunk opening.
  • Here with the separator in place. The separator need to be in position is required in order to lower the soft top.
  • With the separator flat on the trunk floor there is quite a bit of storage space.
  • Let's look at the convertible top in action. It is quite complex, but fast, silent, and works under 25mph speed.
  • you can stop the process at any time bu releasing the button. In this position you could actually store items that would not fit throught the regular trunk opening..
  • The windshield frame is very flat and clean. No risk of getting yoru hands dirty like in the old days.
  • A sticker reminds you not to rest your hand on the frame while bringing the top down. an easy mistake as the top operation button is located above the rear view mirror...
  • Convertible mechanism and complex but easy to access.
  • You can see the insulation of the cabin has not been neglected.
  • Head up display works well. But keep in mind the higher price of windshield replacement when you opt for a HUD.
  • I hated the seat belt anchor point... feel like bread crumb collector.

The muscle car dream is alive and well. God Bless America, again!

Mustangs and Camaro are so common these days, that one may think their commercial success is more about cheap pricing than real merit. The truth could not be farther and the Chevy Camaro SS is here to remind everyone, especially those of German origins, that American muscle icons are not only alive but Reborn.

The Camaro/Mustang fratricide competition has pushed each generations further in terms of handling and overall build quality. The 2019 Camaro is now a very mature, modern sport car. The high displacement V8 rumbles above the turbocharged imports, and the many years of testing at the Nurburgring is paying of large dividends. Add to the mix a newly found interest for quality interior and you have a car Europeans would dream to put their hands on. So let’s go ahead and dive into this ’Americana driving machine’.

Exterior

2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
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One of the few soft convertible car looking good with the top up.
The Camaro design secret: the chop top aka ultra low windows.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
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The Camaro design still rocks.
The facelifted front facia waters down the original design, but the SS trim still brings the goods.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828537
Modest rear wing and transparent tail lights keep the design fresh.
Big, real, dual exhausts are still here.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828536
The high waist line of the Camaro still works its magic.
A complex convertible mechanism allows the rear glass to be extremely slanted, and good looking.
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The new headlights are cool but a little too thin.
The black bumper insert from the 2019 facelift was not well received by Camaro fans.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
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Upclose on the headlghts, they feel premium.
LED stripe, complex lens, on part with the industry.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
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The see trough bowtie, first seen on the Z28 is back on our SS trim.
A cool details for the Z28 amateurs.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
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These bumper scoop add some sharpness to the design.
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The Euro style taillights look great.
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Even thought some may think they look a little too reminiscent of the 1990’s.
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The low profile rear wing, add a welcome bump to the Camaro rear bum.
I think almost all rear wing look lame, but that one really felt cool.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
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A close up on the tail lights.
Another surprisingly premium assembly on the Camaro, well done!
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High waiste, slanted windshield.
That’s how and why the Camaro looks so good.
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Top up, the slanted rear glass really works magic.
Big wheels also help. Thank you SS trim!
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
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Camaro profile is very aggressive.
The facelift looks at its best on this profile shot.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
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The hood vents add that special muscle vibe.
The Camaro is a bold muscle car and its nose is something to remember.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828510
The rear tonneau cover has a two bump design.
Nothing is left to chance. nice.

Engine

2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
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On the white paint, the black vents stand out in a good way.
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The hood vents are 100% functional
Who knew this was still legal in 2019!
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The big V8 is what makes this car SPECIAL!
Drive fast or slow, this is FUN!
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828428
No rain guard but the hole align right in front of the engine.
Let’s hope the engineer did their homework on that one.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
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The fuse box container show how much attention to details Chevy poured in the Camaro.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828427
Tower strut feel solid, and the cross brace well designed.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828461
The exhaust note is unbelievably good! MUST BUY THE V8!
Blip, Bang, Bing, Roar!

Interior

2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828460
The door panels are very busy.
Complex look far from boring, but it takes a while to know where to grab the handle.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828458
Mainstream buttons but the feel is good.
quriky feature here, to lower the windows you have to make sure you have selected which of the front or rear windows you want to control.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
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Inside the Camaro top down
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
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In the back of the Camaro top down, thing start to get crowded.
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It is still surprisingly easy to get in and out for adults.

Driving impressions

Let’s start with the not so obvious fact that the Camaro is a real sports car. Yes, even after all these years of rules and regulations, rental fleet duties and tree huger trend, the V8 still rumbles like it did in the old days and the engineers at Chevy even took some magic lessons to make the heavy weight muscle car handle like its german rivals. The SS trim, featuring the V8 engine is so much fun to drive, it is addicting! This is the kind of vehicle that makes me love cars. Some will tell you Miata power is all you need if you want to keep your license, but that is not true. The V8 torque is just as fun under 35 mph as it is far above speed limits. The engine sound is a big part of the show, and kuddos to GM for finding the right balance between comfort and fun. It is loud want you want it to be and quite when you have to be. The steering is crisp in all driving mode, but the track mode is just perfect, not too heavy, not too light. Sure the car is a big heavy and the suspension has to be quite firm to keep it in check, but you get a nice commanding feeling from the steering. The Camaro is a big muscle car, with all the good coming with the badge, and very little of the old drawbacks. Gone are the days of straight line only performance, the Camaro learned it way around the Nurburgring, like its German friends and it shows at every turns.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
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Behind the wheel, the magic happens.
The sport car feeling is coming to you.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828524
Dash design is clear and sporty.
This feels special, and fitted for a Camaro. LCD is crisp.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828526
The whole interior screams ’Camaro baby!’
Gone are the early days of cheap plastic, this is the new face of American interior.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828525
The steering wheel is thick and leather wrapped.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
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The control buttons are one of my favorites.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828448
Large button with a good plastic feel.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828523
The engine start button could have been more fun, bit at least it is different.
And the big square is easy to push.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828522
Gear change pedals behind the steering.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828521
The transmission is fast, and rewarding.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828519
Automatic would not be my first choice, but the fun factor remains.
Stills offers a good fun / convenience compromise.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828444
The different drive mode update many variables.
steering feel is very different in each mode. My favorite, track mode of course.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828446
The lower dash vents and buttons are very well designed.
And again unexpectedly premium.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828447
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828520
The Infotainment is fast and the display is high quality.
Weirdly slanted downward, to eliiminate glare I guess.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828443
Under the armest, a small storage.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828442
VERY small storage. with USB.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828440
A good angle showing the complex interior panel design and door trims.
The modern camaro offers plenty of standout design features.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828540
At night, the interior ambience is well coordinated.
dash, infotainment and LED strip keep it fun.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828542
The Camaro just looks awesome.
I just could not leave it parked for too long...Must drive!
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828423
The modern Camaro is a proud heritage car.
It fits in the American landscape like a good old vintage pickup truck.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828495
The trunk has always been the low point on the camaro.
The biggest problem being the small trunk opening.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828517
Here with the separator in place.
The separator need to be in position is required in order to lower the soft top.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828516
With the separator flat on the trunk floor there is quite a bit of storage space.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828469
Let’s look at the convertible top in action.
It is quite complex, but fast, silent, and works under 25mph speed.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
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you can stop the process at any time bu releasing the button.
In this position you could actually store items that would not fit throught the regular trunk opening..
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828477
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
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2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
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The windshield frame is very flat and clean.
No risk of getting yoru hands dirty like in the old days.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828464
A sticker reminds you not to rest your hand on the frame while bringing the top down.
an easy mistake as the top operation button is located above the rear view mirror...
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
- image 828471
Convertible mechanism and complex but easy to access.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
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You can see the insulation of the cabin has not been neglected.
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Conclusion

The Camaro offers an extremely fun yet versatile vehicle at an attractive price point. Sure it gets expensive in the SS trim, but similar power with a German badge would set you thousands more and don’t get me started with the reliability of the over engineered German cars. Buying a Camaro is living a fun car life without buyer’s remorse!

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