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Eric's Autos: 2018 Chevrolet Camaro

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cars, by tradition, are supposed to have V-8 engines. But what happens when a four-cylinder has as much (or even more) power than most muscle car V-8s used to? You go faster -- and get much better gas mileage.

That's the 2018 Chevy Camaro turbo.

What It Is

The Camaro is GM's iconic muscle car. It's still available with a muscle car V-8 if you prefer, or a very powerful V-6. But if you want V-8 power and performance without the gas bills -- or the higher price -- you might want to have a look at the standard coupe.

All models come with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 275 horsepower.

Just for reference, that's more horsepower than most V-8 Z28s of the '80s and well into the '90s - out of an engine with half as many cylinders, that uses only a little less gas than most current economy cars.

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Base price for the 1LS coupe is $26,900, whereas the V-8-powered 1SS base price is $37,900.

Camaro's most direct rival is -- as always -- the Ford Mustang, which also offers a very potent turbocharged four-cylinder engine as standard equipment. The Ford's base price is $25,585, and it's a bit more practical as far as back-seat room and trunk space.

What's New

Like many carmakers, Chevy is trying to encourage people to buy by offering lower-priced, less loaded versions of its cars. In the case of Camaro, that means a 1LS trim. But it doesn't mean you're getting a stripped-down shell, as it did mean back in the classic muscle-car era of the '60s and '70s.

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