Wild. Aggressive. Handsome. Thrilling! Just some of the words your mind will be filled with once the heart palpitations from excitement relax, as a result of the look of the amazing 2018 Chevrolet Camaro. An amazing 3rd sibling of the revived Camaro, and the most handsome of them all! The drive is equally thrilling once you (even faintly) step on the gas, and the seats hug you, while making you feel like a superhero!
Now, for the Nitty Gritty of the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro
The Camaro is a gazillion configuration options. This review is mostly based on the 2018 Camaro 1LT with:
+ RS Package
+ Technology Package
This specific simple combination seems to be an extremely rare find. It took 4 months to find one, and eventually purchased 1 of only 2 remaining in all of Southers California.
All thanks to Pete “Pete in Fleet” Hernandez from Tom Bell Chevrolet!
FRONT / HEADLIGHTS / BUMPER
One of the best headlights on any of the American Muscle Cars out there in 2018, including the Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, and particularly, the 2018 Ford Mustang
HOWEVER, the title of “The Best Headlight” is earned ONLY with the RS package, which adds little appearance details that increases the Camaro’s appeal exponentially. Without the RS appearance, the Camaro would just be ordinary (or simply known as “blah”).
Here’s a comparison of the headlight and front grill with and without the RS elements:
- Chrome lines
- RS Logo
and most importantly,
- The addition of the bottom outline that makes the cobra-eye-look pop!)
The RS package also adds an extra piece to the bumper (bottom) which makes the overall front stand out and look meaner
As good as the headlights look (with the RS package), the tail lights are equally impressive, and the sexiest ones among its older sibling models. It’s also reminiscent of its cousin’s tail lights, the 2018 Corvette.
Comparing the 3 (recent) generations of Camaro tail lights, it’s no surprise why the 2016-2018 version is, by far, the best. My ranking from best-to-bland:
- BEST: 2016-2018 Camaro – great design
- 2010-2013 Camaro – had the advantage of being “new”. The newness factor gave it an edge
- 2014-2016 Camaro – pretty bland and not as exciting as a Camaro tail light should be. Fail!
The future 2019 Chevy Camaro seems to go back to an enhanced version of the 2010-2013 tail lights, but still doesn’t win against the 2016-2018 model
The Sporty side view of the 2018 Camaro is accented by elegant lines and enforced by the long wheelbase. The coupe’s top is very sleek, giving a jet fighter look that the convertible misses. The convertible will make you feel like you’re on a Southern California / Pacific Coast Highway vacation cruise. The coupe will make you feel like a “Top Gun, and sing “Highway To The Danger Zone!”
The back of the 2016-2018 Chevy Camaro is as impressive as the front. The way the back of the top narrows towards the trunk, making room for the side fenders to have incredible aerodynamic lines, again, akin to the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette
The 2018 Camaro has a very sporty and inviting interior. There are so many options available to customize, it would take ages to discuss each one. Overall, very comfortable setting, and, while you can’t tell from looking at the sideview of the car, there is ample space above the driver’s head.
Regarding the infotainment, if you’re buying a Camaro, do yourself a favor and get the version with the 8″ screen; it is worth it! It comes with the Smart Phone Integration, which is what you need for Android Auto / Apple Car Play “projections”.
Speaking of Android Auto (which is what I use), I have to say, it’s kinda buggy. It takes a little bit of time to start, and (this is more probably an APP issue), but at least the SiriusXM App doesn’t work as smoothly as you would expect (functional button on the screen something don’t show up)
Nothing like steering wheel paddle shifters to make you feel like you’re always driving on a track!
IN CONCLUSION – 2018 Chevy Camaro
The 2018 Camaro is the last year of the greatest American muscle car design since the introduction of the first horse and buggy. Looking at the future 2019 Camaro, I am faced with the age-old adage from Alfred Lord Tennyson (with some minor tweaks: ‘Tis better to have and love this Camaro and lose (to the future design, not as good), than never to have had and loved it at all.