Chevrolet is putting a great pony car well within your reach. With a sporty V6 engine that’s more affordable than ever, an entirely new trim level, redesigned front fascia, and new infotainment interface, there’s a lot new here and a lot to love. We have the skinny on the new 2020 model year, along with a lot of information about what makes this model great any year you buy.
What’s New for 2020?
Hot off the heels of a refresh, Chevy is already at it again. For one thing, there’s a brand-new trim level: the Camaro LT1. Starting at $3000 less than the SS model, but still sporting the coveted V6 engine, this is an easy in for a whole new crop of buyers. Get your V6 engine paired with a 8- or 10-speed automatic transmission this year. And finally, the front-end fascia is all-new this year on the Camaro SS and brand-new LT1 trim levels. Now the Chevy bowtie emblem sits in the top grille and the lines are all one color.
That’s really the question, isn’t it? We know it’s gorgeous, but will it quench of need for speed? With the base 275-horsepower alone, you can scoot from zero to 60 in a speedy 5.1 seconds. But upgrade to some of these superior engines, and you can max out at 3.5 seconds. That ought to soothe the speed demon in all of us. And remember that the affordable LT1 trim gets you that 455-horsepower V6 that really burns rubber.
What’s This New LT1 Trim?
The Camaro LT1 slots between the Camaro LT and SS. Imagine a mix of the features of each with the engine of a Camaro SS. Bam, that’s the LT1. The 2020 Camaro LT1 starts at $34,995, placing the 455-hp V6 engine in your grasp. That includes exclusive fender badges, the vented hood borrowed from the SS, and black bow-tie emblems, along with just about everything the 1LT trim level gives you. The bottom line is that the LT1 trim brings a brilliant engine to a previously unknown level of affordability.
We recommend the Camaro LT1 or higher if you have a need for speed. But any level of Camaro offers you a great pony car. The base Camaro LS starts at just $25,995, and still goes at a clipping pace. If you’re on a budget, the LS is a great car at a great price. But if money is no concern, we’d recommend the Camaro SS. With it, you get the 455-horsepower V6, just like the LT1, but you can also add the 1LE Performance package, which includes adaptive dampers, upgraded Brembo front brakes, electronic limited-slip diff, wider and stickier tires, and distinct interior and exterior enhancement. You’ll really notice a difference when you hit the gas or lean into curves.