2013 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible 2LT Road Test & Review: Introduction
If you were the sort of kid who liked to put firecrackers in mailboxes just to create mayhem, here’s the online equivalent of sticking a firecracker in a mailbox. Log into any Camaro Internet forum and start a thread asking what the word “Camaro” means. Then sit back and watch the explosion of insults fly, as know-it-all after know-it-all declares their interpretation of the meaning of the word to be the one.
Of course, that’s assuming you got nothing better to do with your time than read about cars on the Internet…
Oh, wait; you’re doing that right now—aren’t you? :^D
Seriously though, that people get so engaged around this topic is testament to the passions surrounding Chevrolet’s voluptuous pony car. For the record, there are many varying opinions. The word lines up pretty closely with a French word meaning “friend, or companion”. And, of course, there’s the famous quote often attributed to Pete Estes, Chevrolet’s general manager at the time the Camaro was introduced in 1967;
“Camaro is a small vicious animal that eats Mustangs.”
For 2013, a number of improvements were made to the Camaro, which should enable it to satiate its appetite for Mustangs (and Challengers) more readily than ever. Our test car, a Summit White 2LT convertible was a real head turner, outfitted in the livery of the 1969 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car (without the lettering—thank God). The combination of the bold orange stripes with the brilliant white paint and the orange leather interior proved to be a real retina arrester