Sekou rediscovers the Chevrolet Camaro
My first car was a Camaro. Well, technically my first car was a Volkswagen Rabbit that I bought for one hundred bucks, but that’s another article.
Barely a month after buying the Volkswagen, I decided to upgrade to a jet-black Chevrolet Camaro with a loud engine and a trigger-quick gas pedal and I never looked back. Me and my Camaro had the best of times, which is why when I got the opportunity to test drive the 2011 version, I was more than a little excited.
First seen in the 2007 movie Transformers as Bumblebee (the non-talking robot bodyguard of Shia LaBeouf’s character), the new Camaro is everything mine was and then some. If you saw the movie, or even a passing Camaro, you already know that the exterior styling is as sleek and aggressive as a car can get. What you may not know, unless you’ve had the opportunity to get inside one, is that the 2011 Camaro is nothing if not retro.
Sure, it’s got lots of the current bells and whistles, but it also has a distinctly throwback feel too. Almost all of the buttons and gizmos are a little clunkier than modern standards demand, making the interior a study in remixing the old to look new. Of these old-school-looking doodads, my fave was the cluster of four square gauges just beyond the gearshift. Sure, average car drivers (like me and you) won’t use them, but they sure do add a bit of flair to the driving experience.
Speaking of the driving experience, you can’t buy a sports car with a V6 engine and not expect to have some get-up-and-go. The Camaro is a responsive little number that picks up speed faster than Carrie Bradshaw picks up Manolos. It’s a sports car that feels like, well, a sports car. Whiplash included. Makes me miss mine.
Why he’ll like it: It’s got “swag” by the bundle.
Why she’ll like it: The aforementioned swag is quite affordable in this case.
2011 Chevrolet Camaro
Starts at $22,680
City/Highway MPG starts at 17/28