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The Camaro Line Gets Mild Updates Otherwise

2019 2020 2021 2022 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE
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The 2021 Chevrolet Camaro will soldier on virtually unchanged, but there are a few items of note. Below is a list of minor changes:

– Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wirelessly across all trims, standard.
– Wild Cherry Tintcoat as a no-cost paint option, at the expense of the low-selling Rally Green Metallic and Garnet Red Tintcoat.

We’re sure that some of you will be happy to hear this news, especially about wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, but there’s more substantial news. For those who care more about performance, the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE will receive a 10-speed automatic transmission to compliment the six-speed manual transmission. Previously, the Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE featured a mandatory clutch pedal. Now customers will have a choice, and for those looking for marginal bragging rights, the 10-speed is said to be the quicker transmission of the two when pushed to the limit.

As for the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro, which recently launched, changes included a restyling of the SS front fascia, as well as the introduction of the LT1 trim level. Named after the 6.2L V8 engine under the hood, the Chevy Camaro LT1 is the most affordable V8 muscle car on the market right now. Even cheaper than the less powerful Dodge Challenger with the 5.7L Hemi V8 engine. The trim level will return on the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro.

The future of the Camaro has otherwise taken a major pivot. As we originally reported here at MC&T, the seventh-generation Camaro program that was in the works was put on ice, while sixth-generation programs such as a new Z/28 with a naturally aspirated LT3 V8 engine reminiscent of the legendary LS7 were canceled completely. Internally, the Camaro team has otherwise been disbanded, with a skeleton crew seeing out the lifecycle of the sixth-generation American icon until 2023. Most recently, GM teased a Camaro silhouette floating over a pack of batteries and a set of wheels, which is leading many people to assume the future of the Camaro is an electric one, but details of such a program remain non-existent. But whatever happens next, be sure to know that MC&T will report on it first.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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