It’s often said that there are few absolutes in life, but that doesn’t hold true when it comes to pony-car brand allegiance. Chevy guys would sooner be seen in a Mary Kay pink Mazda Miata, complete with leopardskin velour seats, than in a Ford Mustang. Ford guys, for their part, would cheerfully jump feet-first into a wood chipper before they’d drive a car with a bow tie on the grille.
Luckily for both automakers, a large segment of the car-buying population isn’t brand loyal, since both build an astonishing variety of pony cars. In the case of the Camaro, the product line includes LS, LT, 1SS, 2SS, 1LE and ZL1 trims, most of which come in coupe or convertible body styles. Base models can be had with either a 323-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 or a 6.2-liter V-8 that puts out up to 426 horsepower if you opt for the six-speed manual. Go for the six-speed automatic (also available throughout the range), and V-8 output in SS models drops to 400 horsepower.