The 2000 Chevrolet Camaro is a four-generation muscle car with a history that goes back to the late 1960s. The first Camaro went on sale in 1966 as a 1967 model year vehicle, and it was designed and marketed as a direct competitor to the then-popular Ford Mustang. Each generation of the 2000 Chevrolet Camaro has been unique in its own way, and the current version remains one of the last few muscle cars, performance-enhancing cars that have been on the decline for several decades.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6, 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual, four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Camaro Z28, Chevrolet Camaro Z28 SS
The 2000 Chevrolet Camaro is available with a number of different interior fabrics and color schemes, new alloy wheels, redundant steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and a new exterior color. The V-6 and V-8 engines available in the Camaro now meet the low emission vehicle or LEV standards of California.
The 2000 Chevrolet Camaro is available as a hatchback coupe and a convertible. Both body types have a distinctly aggressive and muscular styling to reflect the almost 40-year heritage of the muscle car. The overall length of the Camaro is 193.5 inches, making it just a few inches longer than the Chevrolet Malibu sedan. However, the Camaro is six inches shorter than the Malibu with a height of 51 inches. The convertible is fitted with a power top and a glass rear window, complete with a defogger. The coupe can be fitted with an optional removable T-top.
The low stance of the 2000 Chevrolet Camaro makes it difficult to enter and exit the vehicle, and the wide and heavy doors need more than the average room to open fully. The front bucket seats have enough space for two tall adults to sit comfortably, but the high beltline, low roof, and the bathtub-like seating may be uncomfortable for some people. Chevrolet claims the rear seats in the car can seat two people, but even children would find themselves cramped in them. This, however, is a problem in most other sports coupes as well. All models of the Camaro have air-conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, folding rear seatback, and a cassette player as standard. The cargo space is big enough to accommodate two golf bags, but the high rear liftover negates the utility of the trunk.
Performance & Handling
The base model Camaro comes with a 3.8-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 200 horsepower. The Z28 models get a 5.7-liter V-8 that delivers 310 horsepower, which is quite similar to the engine used in the Chevrolet Corvette. This, of course, is in keeping with the Camaro tradition. The optional SS package comes with a 5.7-liter, V-8 engine that delivers 320 horsepower. The V-6 engine comes with a five-speed manual transmission as standard and a four-speed automatic transmission as an option. The V-8 engine is combined with the automatic transmission as standard and a six-speed manual gearbox is available at no extra cost.
The V-6 engine offers brisk acceleration and decent enough fuel economy, but the V-8 engine is the one that delivers the maximum acceleration. Both engines make no effort to conceal its power either. It's loud and unrefined, but that is part of the appeal of the Camaro. All models of the 2000 Chevrolet Camaro have sporty and responsive steering and stable handling. The stiff suspension may make the ride a bit harsh, but the V-6 versions offer a softer tone.
The 2000 Chevrolet Camaro is available with anti-lock brakes and airbags as standard safety features. The car received four out of five stars in terms of driver safety and a full five-star rating for passenger safety during frontal impact collision tests conducted by the NHTSA. During side-impact collision tests, the Camaro received three stars for driver safety and four stars for rear passenger safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Camaro: 15/23 mpg city/highway
- Amazing performance
- Aggressive nature
- Great handling
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
- Lack of interior quality and space
- Difficult entry/exit
American muscle in the 21st century.
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