Since the late 1960s, the muscle car has been loved and enjoyed as a simple and powerful car that is not designed for any average driver. One of the first and most successful companies in the sports car manufacturing game is Chevrolet. Chevy has been producing powerful V8 engines since the 1950s and this gave them a huge advantage in the muscle car world. In 1966, Chevy introduced the new Chevy Camaro in response to Ford’s new Mustang. Both cars were highly successful and the rivalry between the two cars created a cult following on both sides. In drag racing, competitive trans-am racing, and simple road car versions, the Camaro and Mustang have a rivalry that continues to thrive in the 21st century.
After the first Camaro launch in 1966, Chevy opted for new designs for each generation of new Camaros. After the fourth-generation Camaro, Chevy decided to change the look of the car again. This new design, however, would bring back the vibe of the original. In 2010, for the fifth generation of Camaros, Chevy designed a retro-inspired Camaro following the original lines and design of the original. He had a bold and aggressive attitude about it and it became an instant hit.
Now, Chevy has done it again. They have created a new beast, the 2012 Chevy Camaro. This Camaro continues the sixth generation just as they did the last 2 years, except now buyers have some new options.
Standard 2012 Chevy Camaro buyers have the following models available:
• LS 1LS
• LS 2LS
• LT 1LT
• LT 2LT
These “baseline” models feature the same version of the V6 engine that produces a 323 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. rubber drop. of torque. With so much power, the knee-jerk question any savvy shopper would ask is when it comes to fuel economy. The 2012 Chevy Camaro can proudly answer that question. Even with an engine that makes more than three hundred and twenty horsepower, the Camaro gets an EPA estimate of 30 miles per gallon on the highway. It’s a great compromise between power and efficiency with the added bonus of being a legendary symbol of American power.
Camaro extends to the buyer a V8 engine option that pushes the speed and power limit even further with the following models:
• SS 1SS
• SS 2SS
Anyone who knows the history of the Chevy SS badge knows that it stands for power. The SS logo, which stands for “Super Sport,” has appeared on Chevy stems, from the Nova and Chevelle to the Camaro. Today, the symbol means the same thing. The 2012 Chevy Camaro SS lineup shares a powerful V8 engine that produces a staggering 426 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. You can trust this power to be more than enough to get you to and from work on time.
For those who aren’t satisfied with being pulled over just once a day, there is another version of the 2012 Chevy Camaro. This new, barely legal, road-legal Camaro shares its engine design with that of the Chevy Corvette, the fastest car ever. Chevy has to offer. Producing 580 horsepower and 556 lb.-ft. of torque, this 6.2L supercharged V8 is no joke. The engine, of course, isn’t the only thing Chevy put its heart into. The car also comes with an improved suspension, gearbox, traction control and “Stabilitrak” stability control. Chevy announced that the car was designed and built to be racetrack ready from the showroom floor. This beast is definitely not for the weak, nor should it be taken lightly. Chevy has really done its homework and designed a car that gives the competition a run for their money.
The 2012 Chevy Camaro lineup has carried the Camaro name into the future with the same legendary pride and power expected from Chevy. Every year, Chevy seems to outperform itself at making cars that run both on the track and on fuel pumps and the Camaro is a very healthy compromise on both ends. It is not known how far the Camaro will advance in future generations, but Chevy will surely keep up the surprises. One can’t help but be impressed with the power, engineering, and impressive design that can be found in the new 2012 Chevy Camaro.