A well-equipped V6, a track-ready V8, and a monster supercharged model.
Some rumors are spreading, claiming that Chevrolet will discontinue its legendary Camaro sports car after 2023. At least for now, GM's Mustang rival is safe and the 2023 Chevrolet Camaro configurator is live. As we learned a few months ago, pricing for the 2023 Camaro is up compared to last year's model. The base coupe retails for $26,100 (plus a $1,395 destination fee). Pricing for the convertible starts at $32,600, so unless you really, really prefer a drop-top experience, we recommend getting the coupe.
Now that the configurator is available, we've taken the liberty of building the Camaro in a few different ways to suit a variety of budgets. Here's how we would order it.
The Camaro is offered with four different engine options, and we happen to love the middle option. A base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces a stout 275 horsepower, but we recommend stepping up to the 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 with 335 hp. It sounds great, reaches peak power at 6,800 rpm, and develops more power than an E46 M3. As a roughly $1,500 upgrade, it's a no brainer.
For a budget enthusiast build, we'd opt for the 2LT trim with the V6 and the six-speed manual (starting at $28,600). From there we'd add Rapid Blue for $395, the Technology Package for $900, 20-inch Carbon Flash wheels for $800, and the dual-mode exhaust for $995. Sadly, Chevy dropped the track-focused 1LE package for the four-cylinder and V6 engines. As-described, a nicely equipped V6 manual Camaro will set you back $31,690 excluding destination.
If you're the type of driver who lives on the racetrack during the weekends, we'd configure a Camaro 1SS with the 10-speed automatic transmission ($41,195). Why the automatic instead of the manual? Simple answer, it's quicker. We'd go for a no-cost color like black to hide the road rash, but then spend a chunk on the $7,000 SS 1LE Track Performance Package.
It's not cheap, but the package includes Recaro seats, a rear blade spoiler, a satin black hood wrap, Magnetic Ride Control dampers, an electronic limited-slip differential, a front splitter, Brembo brakes, a head-up display, and 20-inch wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. With no other options, this 455-hp track weapon will run to $48,195.
Assuming you have unlimited funds and want to purchase the ultimate Camaro before the model possible goes away again, go for the supercharged, 650-hp ZL1 model. We'd get the six-speed manual model ($67,000), not because it's the fastest or most expensive, but because we believe it will be worth more as a collector piece. A showpiece car deserves an eye-popping like like Chevy's Radiant Red Tintcoat for $495 with some $195 red seatbelts to match.
There is only one major option to select, the $7,500 ZL1 Extreme Track Package. It includes much of what we mentioned on the SS, but adds visible carbon fiber on the hood, a massive carbon wing, and a rear bench seat. If you want to achieve the highest sticker price possible, go for it, but we don't believe it's necessary if the car will never be tracked. Fully-loaded with these and other extras, a ZL1 costs over $75,000.