2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe

2020 MODEL
$34,995 - $36,590
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2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: April 13, 2020
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Thriving well enough for nearly 50 years now, the Chevrolet Camaro is an icon not only of the American automotive industry but represents a physical portrait of the nation’s culture. A part of the holy trinity of American muscle cars, it is one of the few classics that have withstood the test of time. Over several generations of production, it has undergone so many redesigns that it is easily distinguishable from its classic roots. The SS and ZL1 Camaros are without a doubt the most famous. Yet, the newest addition to the family named the LT1 is here to prove its worth alongside its brethren.

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Pros

Powerful Corvette-sourced V8 engine

Quite nimble for its size and weight

A lot of performance features at a budget

Mean, masculine looks

Cons

Limited visibility, especially towards the back

Rear seats not suitable for adults

Interior quality is just about average

What's New?

The LT1 comes as a brand new trim added to the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro lineup


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34995

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

engine type

displacement

376 cu.in.

horsepower

455 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

455 lbs.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

110.7 in.

curb weight

3354 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

9.1 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.0 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/21/26 mpg


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Detailed Review video
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Styles

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe in Blue Metallic color 2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe in Red Hot color 2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe in Silver Ice Metallic color 2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe in Steel Gray Metallic color
Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

6.0

6.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Base

Base

power
455 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
19 combined

$34,995 - $36,590


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (6.2L 8cyl 6M) Starting at $34,995 MSRP (16/19/24) 455 hp @ 6000 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 4
2dr Coupe (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $36,590 MSRP (16/19/24) 455 hp @ 6000 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
10-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 4

Expert Review

6.8

Overall Rating


The Chevrolet Camaro LT1 provides a decent middle ground between the base Camaro and the wild SS. Packing in the same Corvette-derived 6.2L V8, you never feel shy of power. Even with more than 400 horses under the hood, the car never feels out of control thanks to its sports suspension and brakes. Unlike the Camaros of the ‘60s, the LT1 is well balanced and remains composed around corners. The inside of the car is quite decent as well, just don’t expect comfortable seating for four.

As history has been a witness, there are more than a few competitors that stand to take the new Camaro LT1 to the task. It may be the cheapest V8 muscle car on the block, but $40,000 would open up a lot of alternatives if you want a powerful muscle car. Both the Ford Mustang GT and Dodge Challenger R/T cost about the same, have a similar legacy and host an impressive powertrain. The Europeans are breaking ground as well, with the entry-level coupe in the Mercedes C-Class coming dangerously close to the Camaro in terms of performance.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Front View
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Rear View

7.0/10
Features

 

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Features

7.0/10

The 2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 comes as a single trim. It can be equipped with a coupe or convertible body style. The addition of the LT1 in the Camaro lineup makes it easier for shoppers to get their hands on the powerful V8 of the Camaro SS. There are several design tweaks on the outside, with a new grille with a grey bow tie emblem and several LT1 badges around the car. The interior is quite similar to the SS, although the option to top it up with premium materials is not available. The 1LE Performance Package is absent as well, though you still get Brembo performance brakes and a sports suspension.

Trim

Camaro LT1 Coupe

MSRP (RWD)

$34,995

Key Features

Brembo Performance Brakes

 

Sports-Tuned Suspension

 

20-inch Silver-painted Aluminum Wheels

 

Recaro Performance Seats

 

Leather-Wrapped Flat Bottom Steering Wheel

 

8-inch HD Touchscreen Display with Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System

What would we recommend?

With a single trim, you don’t get a lot of options but the options list is quite long and comprehensive. It is best to go with the 6-speed manual that gets you the best out of the small-block V8. Though the exterior has limited customization, the Wicker package with a rear spoiler makes the Camaro LT1 look even more sporty.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Engine and Performance

9.0/10

With a powerful fire-breathing V8 engine under its hood, the LT1 is anything but short on power. The Corvette-derived engine is capable of supplying 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. A 10-Speed Automatic transmission is standard, though if you really want to feel all those horses you are much better off with the 6-Speed Manual.

The engine is kept free of any supercharger or turbocharger interference, so the pedal response is immediate and to-the-point. It’s a shame that the 1LE Performance package has been shelved for the LT1. The car could do much better with it included.

Models

Chevrolet Camaro LT1

Ford Mustang GT Fastback

Dodge Challenger R/T

Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe

MSRP

$34,995

$35,630

$34,295

$45,950

Engine

6.2L Premium V8

5.0L Premium V8

5.7L Premium V8

2.0L Turbocharged inline-4

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Dual-Clutch Manual with Active Rev-Matching

6-Speed Manual

9-Speed G-Tronic Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

455@6,000

460@7,000

375@5,150

255@5,800

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

455@4,400

420@4,600

410@4,300

273@1,800

Even without the enhanced treatment, Camaro LT1 is quite capable to take on most of its competition head-on. Aside from the Ford Mustang GT that barely exceeds it for horsepower, it is the most powerful car you can get for less than 40 grand. The sheer size of its V8 grants the Camaro quite an advantage.

How fast is the Camaro LT1?

Those massive power figures are put to good use in the Camaro. The LT1 Coupe takes to 60 mph from a standstill in 4 seconds flat. Therefore, if there is to be a drag race between all the muscle cars of its segment, the Camaro LT1 is sure to come out victorious. The acceleration is something that is sure to please any petrolhead. Chevrolet has worked hard to make this Camaro adept for both overtaking morning traffic and making tons of smoke during burnouts.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro LT1

Ford Mustang GT Fastback

Dodge Challenger R/T

Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe

0-60 MPH (sec)

4.0 

4.4 

4.8 

5.5 

Quarter Mile (sec)

12.1 

12.5 

13.2 

14.1 

Top Speed (MPH) 155 N/A N/A 155

Engine

6.2L Premium V8

5.0L Premium V8

5.7L Premium V8

2.0L Turbocharged inline-4

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.9

8.2

7.7

5.5

Holding proud of its muscle car essence, the Camaro LT1 is the fastest muscle car in this price range. Not many coupes at this price range can do a sub-13 second quarter mile. Albeit the Mustang is not far behind. The Challenger is slowed down by the excess weight that costs 0.8 seconds on the drag strip. The entry-level Mercedes C-Class is surprisingly close, thanks to its refined powertrain and improved chassis.

How well do the brakes work?

Utilizing Brembo performance brakes that are standard on the front wheels and optional to the rear, the Chevrolet Camaro LT1 comes to a dead stop from 60 mph within 99 feet. It is something that most supercars are not even capable of.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Front Brake 13.6 in.

The Camaro’s lightweight all-aluminum chassis has quite a lot to contribute to this performance.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro LT1

Ford Mustang GT Fastback

Dodge Challenger R/T

Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe

Brake Rotors Front (in)

13.6

14.0

13.6

13.0

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

13.3

13.0

12.6

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

3619

4398

4190

3572

60-0 MPH (ft)

99

104

111

153(70-0 mph)

Other coupes in this segment simply fail to match up to the Camaro in terms of braking. For most, it is the heavy chassis, though the Mustang GT compensates for it rather well with its bigger brakes. The Merc is not that far behind, either. Equipped with a state-of-the-art Emergency Braking System and stability control, the Merc has quite a lot of traction that supplements its lightweight chassis.

Does it handle any good?

The 2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 doesn’t have the option for an adaptive suspension like the SS. Thus, it does suffer a bit on ride quality thanks to its sport-tuned suspension. You can feel each and every bump that you come across and traversing speed breakers is a challenge with the LT1’s low ground clearance. The cabin is well-built enough to keep a lot of the engine and road noise out, which depending on your preference might not be something you appreciate. For more serenity, you can always upgrade to the Bose Premium sound system that features active noise cancellation.

The Camaro handles very differently than what you would expect a muscle car to handle. It is nimble and precise around corners, so you can go into a hairpin bend full throttle and come out the other side without losing a lot of revs and a wide smile on your face. The suspension may not be comfortable on regular city streets but gives a lot of stability and traction on the track.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Fuel Economy

5.0/10

If you are really looking for a muscle car that grants you a lot of miles on the gallon, you are much better off finding the Holy Grail. Big V8s are very thirsty for producing all that power, that’s why the Mercedes-Benz C300 excels with its tiny four-cylinder engine in terms of fuel economy. Still, the Camaro does fare a lot better than most other performance cars with a combined EPA rating of 21 mpg.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro LT1

Ford Mustang GT Fastback

Dodge Challenger R/T

Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe

MPG (City)

16

15

15

22

MPG (Highway)

26

25

23

31

MPG (Combined)

21

20

18

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19.0

16.0

18.5

17.4

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi) 304/456/399 240/384/320 278/426/333 383/539/435

Combined with a 19-gallon fuel tank, the Camaro LT1 has a good range. So you can do more than a few laps of the track without refueling. It also enables the car to have fewer refills than the Mustang GT or the Challenger R/T if you fancy a trip through the empty back roads.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Interior

6.0/10

Its cabin allows the Camaro LT1 a lot of head and legroom in the front, though the back seats are better suited for children. The build quality is nice and there are very few panel gaps that actually come to the notice of the occupants. What they would notice is a lot of LT1 badges that proudly hone the inside of the car.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Front seats

The doors open wide, making it easy to get in and out of the car. There is not a whole lot of visibility, though. So, you would find yourself using the rear-view camera more often than not when backing out of the driveway. The LT1 does not get leather upholstery for the seats but the Recaro buckets would get you the perfect balance of comfort and convenience.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro LT1

Ford Mustang GT Fastback

Dodge Challenger R/T

Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe

Seating Capacity

4

4

5

4

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.5/55.0/43.9

37.6/56.3/45.1

39.3/58.5/42.0

38.8/54.8/42.0

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

33.5/50.3/29.9

34.8/52.2/29.0

37.1/53.9/33.1

35.6/51.7/32.0

How good is the Infotainment System?

Look towards the center of the dashboard and you find a 7-inch diagonal touch screen that runs the latest Chevrolet Three Plus infotainment system. It gives the user a swift and intuitive system to use, while also incorporating smartphone compatibility. The screen can be upgraded in size to 8 inches. The connectivity is pretty standard, covering all the basics such as USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspot, etc.

The default sound system consists of 6 speakers that deliver an average listening experience. While most would be content with the roaring tune of the V8, there is another option for die-hard music fans. Chevrolet offers the option of a premium Bose surround sound system that contains 9 high-definition speakers. The system hosts Active Sound Management that minimizes interference and excessive noise, allowing high-quality music to fall onto the ears of everyone inside the car.

Can it carry some cargo?

For a lightweight body, there had to be sacrifices made in some places. With a sport back shape, the Camaro has a constricted back end, limiting the space for cargo and rear passengers. With a modest 9.1 cubic feet of storage in the coupe, and even less in the convertible, it is best to carry just the essentials when traveling in an LT1 Camaro. The trunk is not operated remotely and has a queer entry lining. This would allow quite a bit of effort if you try to store in lengthy cargo.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro LT1

Ford Mustang GT Fastback

Dodge Challenger R/T

Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

9.1

13.5

16.2

10.5

Nor is the small-item storage that impressive. There is the glove box, couple of cupholders, and door-side slits which cover the basics. And that’s about it. There is not a dedicated smartphone stand or much space in the center console. The cupholders never get in the way of shifting but struggle to hold large beverages. The side pockets are good for nothing more than weekend literature.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Interior
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Interior
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Interior
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Interior
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Interior
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Interior
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Seats
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Seats
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Front Seats
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Front Seats

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Exterior

The design update of the previous year made a lot of fans furious. Thus, Chevrolet decided on another update that took the styling back to the late 1960s. The front grille is wider and fits boldly to the new front. The headlights merge elegantly with the side edges. The narrow streaks of the hood run cleanly towards the back of the car, without disrupting any curves.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Front View

LT1, in particular, has plenty of features that let the bystanders know the car’s true identity. The yellow bow tie emblem has been changed to gray and LT1 badges inhabit the rear and the sides. Though a couple of exterior options can be chosen, the Wicker package is the most appealing. It grants the Camaro some exclusive color schemes and a spoiler that makes the car look even more badass.

Is it huge and heavy?

The Chevrolet Camaro LT1 is not a very large and heavy car. It has changed over time to mold itself into a dedicated sports car, therefore has many differences with other contemporary pony cars. A couple of those include a low ground clearance and very little difference in the front and rear track width. The Camaro may look quite beautiful, yet it is never overtly imposing. Even with a long wheelbase, the Chevy relies more on the engine noise and its reputation to announce its arrival.

Model

Chevrolet Camaro LT1

Ford Mustang GT Fastback

Dodge Challenger R/T

Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe

Curb Weight (lbs)

3619

4398

4190

3572

Length (in)

188.3

188.5

197.9

184.5

Width (in)

74.7

75.4

75.7

79.4

Height (in)

53.1

54.3

57.5

55.3

Ground Clearance (in)

3.5

5.4

5.2

3.5

Wheelbase (in)

110.7

107.1

116.2

111.8

The other muscle cars are far more characteristic of their roots. The Ford Mustang GT sits the best in this regard with its heavy and tall-riding chassis. The Dodge Challenger is the one that caters mostly to the classic muscle car fans. It carries the same boxy design and rounded headlights in its body, giving it a mean attitude instead of an alluring shell.

Exterior Features

  • 20-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • Black wheel lug and locks
  • Body-color outside mirrors
  • Body-side spear stripes
  • Rear wing spoiler with carbon black metallic finish
  • Spider stripes
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Side View
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Side View
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Front View
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Front View
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe 3rd Rear View
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe 3rd Rear View
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Rear View
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Rear View
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Side View
2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Side View

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Safety

The 2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 has the same chassis as the Camaro SS. Thus, it can be considered just as safe. The SS received near perfect scores from the IIHS and NHTSA. Both the organizations commended the car for its excellent safety structure. Though, it must be noted that the roof of the Camaro was susceptible to breakage if exposed to a load greater than 3,400 lbs.

As far as collision prevention is concerned, the Camaro LT1 relies heavily on the driver to be responsible. It does offer a few safety features such as forward collision warning to let the driver be aware of any imminent threat, yet it is the driver’s skill and reaction that constitutes the last line of defense for the Camaro.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control(ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact beams
  • Dual-Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Airbags
  • OnStar Emergency SOS
  • Forward Collision Warning System
  • Dual-Stage Front and Knee Driver Airbags
  • Dual-Stage Front and Knee Passenger Airbags
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Trunk Emergency Release Handle
  • Configurable Teen Driver Mode
  • Daytime Running LED Headlamps
  • 3-point Seat Belts with Pretensioners
  • LATCH System
  • Rear-View Camera

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Competition

Chevrolet Camaro LT1 vs Ford Mustang GT

Both Chevrolet and Ford have toughened it out on the grid since the Mustang posed the first serious threat to the Chevelle in the 1960s. A lot has changed since then, and the Camaro is the one that has taken it the best to change. Whereas the Ford Mustang has retained some of its predecessor's legacy. The Mustang GT Fastback may be a feat of modern automobile technology but it still retains some essence of the classic Fastback that made it so classic. The Camaro, on the other hand, has focused more on being a sports car than a muscle car. That doesn’t make it any less fun to drive, though.

2020 Ford Mustang GT

Chevrolet Camaro LT1 vs Dodge Challenger R/T

If the Ford Mustang has kept one foot in the past, then the Dodge Challenger has given merely a hand to the future. This is one proper muscle car that refuses to let go of the tradition set so admirably by its forefathers. It is big, loud, and pain in the butt to steer around corners. The R/T stands for ‘Road/Track’. The ‘Track’ in the name is valid as long as it is a drag strip. While it may never match up to the Camaro LT1 for its performance, it is a far more practically feasible car that can seat five adults comfortably with their luggage.

2020 Dodge Challenger R/T

Chevrolet Camaro LT1 vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The Merc has been increasing its power game for a few years now. The latest-generation C-Class is suited to take on a variety of performance cars. Out of all the varying trim levels, the C300 Coupe comes closest to the Camaro LT1. It may not be as powerful with its 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine but doesn’t shy behind in performance by much. Moreover, the Merc offers much better technology both for safety and interior comfort. If you’re looking for a car more suited for a laid-back cruise than a blistering lap, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is well worth the extra 10 grand.

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

 

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Coupe Final Verdict

Overall, the LT1 is a welcome addition to Chevrolet Camaro lineup. It is a robust performance car that makes it easier for those who desire a V8 to get closer to their dream. It comes well-loaded with a lot of features that are shared by its more expensive SS cousin. While it may not retain the dynamics of a 1969 Camaro, it is well suited for a modern, more logical automobile era.