Hopefully, the visual upgrades will lure more customers away from the Challenger and Mustang.
One of America's muscle cars, the Chevrolet Camaro, will be a very different prospect in the not-too-distant future, with rumors that an electrified powertrain will be used and, more recently, confirmation of a mid-engine layout. Until then, the current Camaro will continue largely unchanged as it tries to stay in the conversation with the strong-selling Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. In an attempt to entice more buyers, the 2021 Camaro will now be offered with a new Wild Cherry Design Package, a discovery made by Muscle Cars & Trucks.
This latest tidbit follows news of more comprehensive updates, such as the expanded availability of the 10-speed automatic within the range and the addition of wireless charging to more trim levels. While the Wild Cherry upgrade will be new, the Shock and Steel Special Edition package falls away. Official images of this new package have yet to be made available, but it can only be paired - unsurprisingly - with the new and optional Wild Cherry Tintcoat paint job.
According to the fleet order guide, two versions of this package will be available. The first version adds black metallic hash mark stripes, 20-inch polished forged wheels, a Camaro fender badge emblem, and special floor mats with the Camaro logo. This package requires adding the RS Package as well. The 1LT and ZL1 coupes can't be equipped with this package, and the same goes for the ZL1 convertible.
Going for the more comprehensive version of the Wild Cherry Design Package adds all of the above features, plus sueded knee pads in black, a fuel filler door with a carbon fiber insert, and a center stripe in either silver, black, or metallic black. Carbon Flash metallic ground effects are included as well. Only the 2LT, 3LT, and 2SS trims have access to this version of the Wild Cherry pack.
Other package changes will see the option of adding the RS Package or the Redline Edition Package to the LT1 trim with the V8 engine. Further feature tweaks anticipated for the 2021 Camaro include the ability to use both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wirelessly. While we welcome the improvements to the upgraded Camaro, we're not sure they'll be enough to close the sales gap to the Dodge Challenger, let alone the Ford Mustang. Still, at a starting price of around $25,000, the Camaro is one of the best bang-for-buck offerings on sale.