Chevrolet Launches Redesigned 2019 Camaro LS, LT, RS and SS Models
All 2019 Camaro trim Models receive an exterior face lift, and some get performance enhancements.
Progress is a constant, and Chevrolet has progressed the Camaro line one step further with an all-new design for the 2019 Camaro models. Every model from the turbo 4 cylinder to the V8 SS receives a sleeker, less chunky front end, and more sculpted, defined tail lights.
For our purposes, we’ll focus on the SS, which GM says is re-designed in order to achieve better aero, reducing both drag, and lift. GM has a blacked out bumper design for SS models. This is a departure from the mouth-agape design of the 2018 model but in line with current design trends in the industry. The revised Camaro SS will incorporate the unique “flowtie” front Chevrolet emblem, as well.
Mechanically, the SS will retain the LT1 V8 with 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of twist. However, power can be sent to the rear wheels via a new 10L80 10-speed automatic with line lock and launch control, replacing the prior automatic which housed two fewer gears. A 6-speed manual will still be available.
Tech improves inside include a better rear view mirror/camera, 8-inch color touch screen with available nav and all the connectivity you could ask for. Oh, and sweet ambient lighting, and even collision alert systems are available.
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Speaking of transmissions, Camaro will remain stoic with 6-speed manuals and performance models. The 1LE package is now available on the turbo 2.0 4 cylinder model, dubbed Turbo 1LE. No automatic transmissions are on offer with this package. Advantages of the Turbo 1LE include a near 50/50 weight distribution, and less weight overall working those tires and brakes. All of which should have it be a great on-track performer.
As with any change in appearance, there will be conflicting opinions on whether GM nailed it, or whether they screwed the whole thing up. However, looking back at the Camaro lineage, it has been a standard procedure to completely throw away the old model, and start from scratch with each new redesign. GM has certainly done that with this refresh. Only time will tell if it truly hits the mark.