The Chevrolet Camaro was Chevy's answer to Ford's original "pony car," the Ford Mustang. While the Camaro has always been a direct rival of the Mustang, it has also forged its own path to become an iconic American muscle car. Manufactured by General Motors division Chevrolet, the Camaro is a mid-size American automobile classified as a pony car. The original Camaro shared its platform and major components with the Firebird, a sports car produced by Chevy's sister division Pontiac.
Four generations were manufactured before the Camaro's production ended in 2002. However, that didn't mark the end of the nameplate. Chevy later revived it on a concept car, which evolved into the fifth-generation Camaro for the 2010 model year. The Transformers movies also helped revive the Camaro as it starred as the Bumblebee character.
2016 - Present Chevy Camaro (6th Generation)
The newest generation of Camaro was introduced in 2015 for the 2016 model year at Belle Isle Park in Detroit. The sixth-generation Camaro offered LT and SS models and three engine choices, including the turbo 2.0-liter inline-four, a 3.6-liter V6, and a 6.2-liter V8.
For the 2017 model year, a performance-oriented Camaro ZL1 model offered an LT4 supercharged V8 engine with 650-horsepower (based on the Corvette Z06). Transmissions included a six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic.
For 2017, the 1LE Package returned. This package was available on both V6 and V8 Camaros and boosted the car's handling and track prowess. The 2017 ZL1 edition was one of the first cars available with a ten-speed automatic transmission.
In 2018, the 1LE Package joined the ZL1 Camaro model. The new Package introduced improved aerodynamics, lightweight forged aluminum wheels with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires, and a new racing adjustable suspension.
For 2019, Chevy gave the Camaro a mid-generation refresh. Changes included a revised front and rear fascia, a new infotainment system, additional safety equipment, upgraded LED headlights and taillights, and additional tweaks to the SS model. The SS also received an upgraded 10-speed automatic transmission.
For 2020, Chevy yet again updated the Camaro, responding to widespread criticism of the exterior tweaks it made in 2019. The exterior was again updated, giving the car a cleaner, more streamlined look. They created a cheaper version of the V8 model, and the 10-speed automatic gearbox was made available on all V6 models.
2021 welcomed different color options, wider transmission availability, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard features.
For 2022, the Chevy Camaro is one of only three cars keeping the muscle car segment alive together with rivals, the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. The 2022 Chevy Camaro is almost identical to its 2021 predecessor.
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2010 - 2015 Chevy Camaro (5th Generation)
Ford led the sports car market with their retro-style '05Mustang, so GM needed to step up again. After being off the market since 2002, Chevy resurrected the Camaro in 2010 and introduced the fifth-generation Camaro.
The new Camaro received an entirely new exterior design that took cues from the first-generation and was built upon a new platform. The body took on a beefier, boxier shape that contrasted heavily with the last two generations' sleeker appearance.
For 2010, the three included; the LS, LT, and SS. The first two trims featured a 3.6-liter V6 and either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The latter included manual shift capability.
The Chevrolet Camaro SS came with a 6.2-liter V8 engine mated with a six-speed manual transmission. An automatic SS was also available, but the horsepower was slightly reduced to 400 from 426-horsepower.
The 2011 model year introduced the return of the Camaro convertible. The convertible models shared the same options as the sports coupe.
The 2014 Camaro model year tweaked the body style slightly and reintroduced the Z28 model from the first generation, which featured a 7.0-liter V8 engine with 505-horsepower. This engine was the same as the one used in the C6 ZO06 Corvette.
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1992 - 2002 Chevy Camaro (4th Generation)
The fourth-generation Camaro came in both a two-door coupe and two-door convertible body style. The latter came in 1994 as a full option rather than the special edition from the previous generation.
The exterior was substantially redesigned and was sharper and more dramatic: the front end was wider, and the fast-raked windscreen gave the car a sleeker profile.
Engines offered on this generation included the 3.4- and 3.8-liter V6 and three different 5.7-liter V8 engines. This generation continued four-speed automatics and five-speed manual transmissions, but a six-speed manual was a no-cost option. Anti-lock brakes became standard on all Camaros in this generation, and rear and front suspensions were also improved.
Outgunned on the street by a lighter 5.0-liter Ford Mustang, Chevy upgraded its lineup to include a 275-horsepower LT1 small block engine. This engine offered 60-horses more than its Mustang rival.
For the 1996 model year, a new SS Package added fresh-air induction through a hood scoop, a less-restrictive exhaust, and power upgrades up to 305-horsepower.
This generation lasted for ten years, and then the Camaro saw its end due to low sales.
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1982 - 1992 Chevy Camaro (3rd Generation)
Chevy gave the third-generation Camaro a thorough exterior redesign. The front grille disappeared entirely, and two rectangular headlight holes with two lights in each socket replaced the grille. The car assumed a wider appearance, despite being 500 pounds lighter than before.
The third generation offered fuel-injected engines for the first time, enabling a fine balance between efficiency and performance. This wasn't the only first; Chevy also introduced a four-cylinder engine to the Camaro's lineup for the first time. The main engine choices were between a 2.8- and 3.1-liter V6 engine and a 5.0- or 5.7-liter V8 engine.
Transmission choices included a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual. In 1987, a convertible body style was offered again as a special edition, which wasn't the case since 1969.
The iconic Camaro IROC-Z entered the lineup for 1985 and continued through 1990. This new model was based on the race cars used in the so-named racing series.
The 1988 model year welcomed the 1LE Package, while 1991 welcomed the B4C or Police Package, which created a Camaro Z28 with more subtle RS styling.
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1970 - 1981 Chevy Camaro (2nd Generation)
The 1970 model year welcomed a heavily styled and larger second-generation Camaro and ear-marked its longest generation. Chevy redesigned the exterior to feature a longer and wider body as well as a different grille. The headlights remained circular, but they were located outside of the grille rather than on it.
The new Camaro, based on the F-body platform, remained similar to its predecessor with a unibody structure, front subframe, and the same inline-six and V8 engines. However, in 1980, a 3.8-liter V6 engine was introduced for the first time. In 1972, the RS SS Package came to an end, only to reappear later in 1996.
The body style changed slightly nearly every year during this generation; however the most significant visual change happened in 1979: the car took on a distinctly more modern look with ground effects in the front, a streamlined body, and a prominent spoiler. For 1974, the Camaro gained prominent aluminum bumpers to meet new bumper and safety standards.
For the 1980 and 1981 model years, the Camaro Z28 models included an air induction hood scoop with an intake door.
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1967 - 1969 Chevy Camaro (1st Generation)
The first-year Camaro debuted at a press preview in Detroit in 1966. Chevrolet realized that the sport version of their existing compact rear-wheel-drive Corvair wouldn't meet the runaway success of the Ford Mustang, so to actively compete against the Mustang, the Chevy Camaro was born. The first Camaro debuted at a press preview in Detroit in 1966.
The first-generation Camaro only lasted through three model years before a complete redesign welcomed the second-generation. It was offered as a two-door coupe or convertible and featured a base 3.8-liter inline six-cylinder engine or one of five different sized V8 engines, with the largest a 6.5-liter engine.
Three trim levels welcomed the first-gen Camaro, namely the Super Sport, Rally Sport, and later the high-performance Camaro Z28. The body style of this generation eventually became the inspiration behind the fifth-generation redesign. The success of T-tops spread to the Chevy Camaro in 1978.
In 1969, a unique ordering system, COPO (Central Office Production Order), produced several Camaros with unique cast iron engines. The rarest option was the Camaro ZL1, an all-aluminum version of the 427 engine.
The first-generation Camaro was heavily involved in the raging muscle car and drag racing wars. To entice race car enthusiasts, several dealers began ordering Camaro SS 350 models and 396 versions. They would pull the existing engine and drop in a Corvette-based 427 big block engine.
The Camaro was one of the cars in the SCCA-sanctioned Trans-Am series and won the title in 1968 and 1969. It was also a pace car for the Indianapolis 500 seven times through the years, starting in 1967.
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