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Chevrolet Camaro (fifth generation)

The fifth-generation of the Camaro was manufactured by American automobile manufacturer Chevrolet from 2010 to 2015 model years.[6] It is the fifth distinct generation of the muscle/pony car to be produced since its original introduction in 1967. Production of the fifth generation model began on March 16, 2009[7] after several years on hiatus since the previous generation's production ended in 2002 and went on sale to the public in April 2009 for the 2010 model year.[8][9]

Chevrolet Camaro (fifth generation)
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Chevrolet Camaro SS (pre-facelift)
Overview
ManufacturerChevrolet (General Motors)
ProductionMarch 16, 2009–November 2015
Model years2010–2015
AssemblyOshawa, Ontario, Canada (Oshawa Car Assembly)[1]
DesignerSangyup Lee (2005)
Tom Peters (2007)
Body and chassis
Class
Body style
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel drive
PlatformGM Zeta platform
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase112.3 in (2,852 mm)
Length190.4 in (4,840 mm)
Width75.5 in (1,920 mm)
Height54.2 in (1,380 mm)
Curb weight3,750 lb (1,700 kg)
Chronology
PredecessorChevrolet Camaro (fourth generation)
SuccessorChevrolet Camaro (sixth generation)

Contents

DevelopmentEdit

 
The clay model of the fifth generation of the Camaro on display at the 2006 Washington Auto Show

By spring 2005, the first concept car of the fifth-generation of the Camaro was in development. Several sketches of both exterior and interior were drawn to resemble of how the car was going to look, these sketches were shown months later to the public. Once sketches were finished, the Camaro was constructed as a clay model which was complete by fall 2005 and was shown to the public in early 2006.

After the public introduction of the concept cars, Chevrolet started constructing several camouflaged test mules of the Camaro which were manufactured by Holden costing about US$250,000 each. These vehicles were used for crash testing, test driving, and to handle extreme weather conditions such as in Canada, Arizona, and Australia itself. By January 2008, Chevrolet announced that the test mules will not be camouflaged[10] and various images of the Camaro were released in the same year, including pre-production models.

Pre-production concept vehiclesEdit

Chevrolet Camaro Concept (2006)Edit

 
Chevrolet Camaro Concept

The Chevrolet Camaro Concept was designed by a South Korean-born designer Sangyup Lee.[11][12][13][14] The car was based on the Holden developed GM Zeta platform. It was powered by a 6.0-liter LS2 V8 engine rated at 400 hp (298 kW) with active fuel management. The engine was mated to a T56 6-speed manual transmission and the car was equipped with front and rear suspension featuring progressive-rate springs and gas-pressurized dampers, four-wheel vented disc brakes with 14-inch rotors, 21-inch front and 22-inch rear five-spoke cast alloy wheels, and 275/30R21 front and 305/30R22 rear tires. The wheelbase is 110.5 in (281 cm), which is 9 in (23 cm) longer than its predecessor, but an overall length of just 186.2 in (473 cm), 7 in (18 cm) shorter. The concept was inspired by the 1969 Camaro.

The Camaro concept was unveiled at the 2006 North American International Auto Show.[15][16][17][18]

AutoWeek editors unanimously awarded the Camaro Concept "Best In Show."

2007 Camaro Convertible ConceptEdit

2007 Camaro Convertible Concept

The 2007 Camaro Convertible Concept was announced on January 6, 2007 at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. Early speculation on the existence of the car by many automotive publications[19][20][21] proved to be true when an early embargo was broken on January 4, 2007.[22][23]

At a glance it would seem that the only difference between the coupé and convertible concepts would be the roof and Hugger Orange pearl tri-coat paint job with a pair of dark gray racing stripes, but this was not the case.[24] Besides the obvious convertible top, there were subtle changes to the exterior as well. Every surface was changed from the door-cut back. The rear fenderlines dropped off from the horizontal surface to the vertical surface a couple of inches farther out than on the coupé to maintain visual proportions. The rear spoiler was also reshaped. The 21 in (53 cm) front and 22 in (56 cm) rear wheels were redesigned and a thin orange line was applied to the outer edge, a nod to the redwalls available on the 1969 Camaro.

There were many interior changes that were incorporated into the new concept. The retro houndstooth-pattern seats of the coupé were replaced with modern leather and orange stitching. The metal finishes, accent panels, and seats were all in different colors. The rear seats were 6 in (15 cm) closer together to make room for the tonneau cover. The clarity of the circular gauges in square frames were improved by making the faces white with black chrome numbers and a red anodized needle. The deep-dish three-spoke steering wheel and four-pack gauge cluster were carried over from the coupé concept. Chrome seat-belt buckles were designed to look like the iconic belts buckles in late 1960s GM automobiles. This reworked interior of the Camaro Convertible Concept was a very close representation of what would be seen in the production version of the vehicle.

2008 SEMA conceptsEdit

 
Camaro Black Concept at the 2008 SEMA show

General Motors showed several concept variants of the production version of the Camaro on November 3, 2008 at the 2008 SEMA show.[25][26]

Camaro BlackEdit

The Camaro Black Concept featured a matte black hood, tinted glass, HID headlamps with red "halo rings," a darker grille, dark-tinted taillight lenses, and 21 in (533 mm) wheels with a darker finish. The interior also featured the same black theme as the exterior. It was powered by the 304 hp (227 kW) 3.6 L (220 cu in) V6 engine.

Camaro LS7Edit

Inspired by the COPO Camaros of the late 1960s, the Camaro LS7 Concept was built from the 2010 Camaro SS with the LS3 engine replaced with a GM Performance Parts 7.0-liter LS7 crate motor having a power output of 550 hp (410 kW). The heritage of COPO's performance history was reflected with the inclusion of a high performance exhaust and improved headers, air intake system, and camshaft—all developed by GM Performance Parts. Other modifications included a Tremec six-speed manual transmission, Brembo brakes, Hurst short-throw shifter, 20-inch custom wheels, and a lowered ride height. The exterior of the car was finished in Victory Red with accents of matte black on the "LS7" badges, front grille slot, rear headlight panel, and hood. The LS7 logo was repeated in Victory Red on top of the hood cowl. The interior had a matching the color scheme with red panel trim on the doors, dash, and gages. Gloss black replaced every trim that came in silver in the final production Camaros, such as on the steering wheel, shifter knob, vent trimings, and center console clusters.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. CamaroEdit

The Camaro Dale Earnhardt Jr. Concept was produced with input from NASCAR Race driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. The Camaro started life in SS trim and was tuned to run on higher-octane E85 fuel. It featured a gray and white paint scheme with orange trim. Additional features included 21 in (533 mm) five-spoke wheels, a dovetail spoiler, alternate grille, and other official GM accessory modifications.

2010 Chevrolet Camaro GS Racecar ConceptEdit

The Camaro GS Racecar Concept design was inspired by Mark Donohue's blue-and-yellow Trans Am Series Camaro. It features a carbon fiber hood, trunk lid, doors and fenders to keep weight down and is powered by an LS3 V8 engine mated to a Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission. Additional racing modifications included a 3 in (76 mm) exhaust with Coast Fab mufflers, C&R racing aluminum radiator, and coolers for the engine oil, transmission, and differential. It was designed for use in the KONI Challenge Series.[27]

The concept vehicle went on sale by Mecum Auctions during the 2013 Monterey Car Week.[28][29][30]

2010 model yearEdit

As evidence that we're not completely brain-dead, GM will build the Chevy Camaro.

Rick Wagoner, General Motors CEO[31]

On August 10, 2006, GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner announced that the company would build an all-new version of the Chevrolet Camaro based on the award-winning concept that debuted at the 2006 Detroit auto show in January 2006. The new Camaro was originally scheduled to begin production in 2008 and to go on sale in the first quarter of 2009 for the 2009 model year,[6][32][33] but General Motors stated in March 2008 that production would be delayed until February 2009 with the Camaro going on sale in the spring of 2009 for the 2010 model year.[8][9]

Chevrolet General Manager Ed Peper stated that the new Camaro "will appeal to both men and women, and unite customers with fond memories of previous Camaros with those who first experienced a Camaro" when the concept was unveiled in January 2006.[34] Bob Lutz's post on the GM FastLane Blog for August 10, 2006 thanked everyone in the blogosphere who commented and offered feedback on the Camaro.[35]

Following the development of the Zeta architecture and because of its position as the GM global center of RWD development, GM Holden in Australia led the final design, engineering, and development of the Camaro. Original plans for the car included sharing the chassis with the Impala, which was to be switched to the Zeta platform. However, a 2007 energy law drastically changing the Corporate Average Fuel Economy forced GM to scuttle plans for replacing the W-Body platform of the Impala.[36] The new Camaro was produced at the Oshawa Car Assembly manufacturing plant in Canada.[37] 2,750 jobs would have been lost at the Oshawa manufacturing plant which had been originally scheduled to be closed in 2008; some of these jobs were saved due to the new Camaro's production.[38] This new product program and conversion of the Oshawa plant to a state of the art flexible manufacturing facility represented a US$740,000,000 investment.[39]

Camaro (2009-2015)Edit

 
Interior (automatic model)

The Camaro was made available as a coupé in five different trim levels; the LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1SS, and 2SS. The LS and LT trim levels are powered by the 3,564 cc (217 cu in) GM LLT V6 engine having a power output of 312 hp (233 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 273 lb⋅ft (370 N⋅m) of torque at 5,200 rpm. The SS with manual transmission is powered by the 6.2 L (6,162 cc or 376 cu in) GM LS3 V8 engine rated at 426 hp (318 kW) at 5,900 rpm and 420 lb⋅ft (569 N⋅m) of torque at 4,600 rpm while the SS with automatic transmission is powered by a new variant of the LS3 called the GM L99 which produces 400 hp (298 kW) at 5,900 rpm and 410 lb⋅ft (556 N⋅m) of torque at 4,300 rpm. The L99 V8 engine, not to be confused with the earlier LT-series L99, uses Active Fuel Management which enables the engine to run on only four cylinders during urban driving conditions, such as highway cruising, to improve fuel economy.

Other features include a fully independent four-wheel suspension system, variable-rate power steering, four-wheel disc brakes standard on all models (four-piston Brembo calipers on SS models), a StabiliTrak electronic stability/traction control system, Competitive/Sport modes for the stability system offered on SS models, launch control on SS models equipped with the six-speed manual transmission, and 6 standard air bags that include head curtain side-impact air bags and front seat-mounted thorax side air bags. An RS appearance package was available on LT and SS trim levels which included HID headlamps with integrated halo rings, a rear spoiler, and RS-specific taillamps and wheels. Rally and hockey stripe packages were made available in several colors as well.

The Camaro was unveiled at the Warren Technical Center,[40] followed by GM Holden's Melbourne headquarters,[41] Yokohama Red Brick Park,[42] and Summer Sonic 2010.[43][44]

US models went on sale in the first quarter of 2009.[45]

Japan models included the LT and SS, and went on sale in 2009-12-05.[46][47]

Transformers Special EditionEdit

 
A 2010 Camaro SS with the Transformers Special Edition appearance package

On July 22, 2009, GM announced a Transformers Special Edition appearance package for the 2010 Camaro at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con.[48] The US$995 appearance package (RPO code: CTH) could be applied to LT and SS trims with or without the optional RS package and could only be applied to orders made in the Rally Yellow exterior scheme. The package includes an Autobot shield badge on the driver and passenger side fenders underneath the Camaro nameplate, Autobot shield on each of the four wheel's center cap, Autobot shield embroidered on interior center console, Transformers logo on driver and passenger doors' sill plates replacing the original "Camaro" labeled plates, and high-gloss black center rally stripes with the Transformers ghost logo embedded. This then made the 2010 Camaro resemble the Bumblebee Camaro from the 2007 movie, often referred to as T1 Bumblebee.[49] Production of the add-on package ceased on January 12, 2010 with an estimated 1,500 units produced.[50] 1,916 units were finally produced at the end of 2010.[51]

Japanese models of the ten package went on sale on in February 2010.[52][53]

2009 SEMA conceptsEdit

Jay Leno CamaroEdit

A customized Camaro was built by GM for TV presenter Jay Leno,[54][55] and is powered by the 3.6 L (220 cu in) direct-injected V6 similar to the unit that resides in standard LS and LT models, but has an additional pair of Turbonetics T-3 turbochargers. The engine has a power output of 425 hp (317 kW) with the help of a custom air-to-air intercooler that feeds 7 pounds of boost pressure into the engine. The extra performance is added with virtually no penalty in fuel economy. Besides the power upgrades, the vehicle also gets an upgraded Centerforce clutch and pressure plate for the six-speed manual transmission, an upgraded Be-Cool radiator, Brembo 6-piston brake package, a Pedders coil-over lowering kit, and a bodykit that includes a new rear diffuser as well as a revised front fascia and hood with additional vents for the brakes and engine.

Synergy CamaroEdit

The Synergy Concept Camaro was one of two concepts that showcased GM accessories that could be applied to the Camaro, previewing a new Synergy Green production exterior color[56] which featured the latest in Camaro appearance accessories offered through Chevrolet dealers in 2009 and demonstrated the personalization possibilities that were open to Camaro owners. The Synergy Concept included Cyber Grey rally hood and rear deck stripes, new ground effects kit consisting of a new rear diffuser, a front spoiler, a new rear bumper with integrated exhaust system and a rear high wing. All accessories that were displayed on the concept Camaro were finished in the production Cyber Grey exterior color. The concept vehicle also included 21 in (530 mm) wheels with a black center finish and polished rim. The concept was further enhanced with a Pedders coil-over lowering kit and a set of large Brembo brakes. The interior is color-coordinated with Jet Black and Synergy Green accent stitching, piping, interior tim kit and green ambient lighting that run along the door panels and speedometers. The production version of the concept Camaro, the Synergy Special Edition would eventually be made available in February 2010 through May 2010 in limited numbers.[57]

Japanese models went on sale in February 2010 through May 2010.[58]

Chroma CamaroEdit

The Camaro Chroma Concept is based on an LS3 SS/RS model in Summit White and uses a combination of accessory components that showcased future GM accessories for the Camaro which would become available during the 2011 model year.[59] The Chroma concept was the preliminary design of what would become later known as the "Synergy Series Camaro" that would debut at the 2010 SEMA Show. The accessories package included a new silver stripe package, 21 in (530 mm) wheels with silver-painted spoke centers with a Victory Red stripe painted along the edge of the wheel, "Blade” rear spoiler, color-matching ground effects package, rear fender vent graphics, and "Heritage" front grill with body-color outer frame. The interior comes with black and gray leather seats which feature red accent stitching that is also applied to the steering wheel and shifter boot that is surrounding a Hurst short-throw shifter as well as an interior trim kit painted in Silver Ice that incorporates the door panels and dash trim. Mechanically, the car is equipped with a combination of General Motor Performance Parts off-road shorty headers, Pedders' suspension kit, off-road exhaust and Brembo Calipers painted in Victory Red.

Camaro DuskEdit

The Camaro Dusk Concept offers a contemporary tuner aesthetic featuring an aggressive look, a lowered ride height, 21 in (530 mm) BBS wheels, the rear spoiler from an SS model and a custom ground effects package.[60] The ground effects package includes a front splitter, rocker extensions, and a rear diffuser. The car is painted in Berlin Blue while the ground effects are painted a contrasting color. GM added a new exhaust system and Brembo brakes from a Camaro SS. The interior is trimmed in Jet Black and Sedona. Other interior features including footwell lighting and premium door sill plates. The concept also features advanced technology and premium audio options such as a Boston Acoustics sound system, WiFi connectivity, and cradle for an iPhone.

Chevrolet launched a graphics campaign in October 2009 asking Camaro enthusiasts to vote for their favorite design from several accessory graphics packages. The top four designs were produced and brought to the SEMA Show. The Camaro Graphics Concept wore those designs in different days.[61] When the convention ended, another round of voting would be conducted and the winner was considered for future production. Brent Dewar, vice president of Chevrolet, said that "Camaro has thousands of fans on the social media sites and that this is one way for the company to stay connected to its customers."

Synergy Special EditionEdit

On January 14, 2010, GM announced the production version of the Synergy Concept Camaro originally shown at the 2009 SEMA show. The Synergy Special Edition (RPO code: GHS) for the 2010 model year is based on the Camaro 1LT/2LT model and features the limited Synergy Green exterior color scheme.[57] Though the edition is from the SEMA concept there are certain accessories that did not come on the production unit such as the high wing spoiler, 21 in (530 mm) Black painted wheels and ground effects kit. The production units came accented by Cyber Grey Rally Stripes running the length of the Camaro hood and rear deck. Other exterior features include a standard rear spoiler found on RS and SS packages replacing the high wing and standard 19 in (480 mm) Sterling Silver painted wheels wrapped with P245/50R19 tires. The color scheme is carried over on the interior with a Synergy Green instrument panel and door inserts. Synergy Green stitching also accents the Jet Black cloth seats, steering wheel, shift knob, and center console. Other standard features include the Convenience and Connectivity Package which offers Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port for MP3 players, and remote vehicle start for models equipped with an automatic transmission. Though this edition of the Camaro has certain accessories that come available with the RS package, the RS package itself was not available to purchase with the Synergy Camaro order. The Synergy Special Edition was available in limited production from February 2010 to May 2010.

2010 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Special Edition (RPO Z4Z)Edit

 
Camaro Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Special Edition

In April 2010, General Motors and the Indianapolis Motors Speedway announced limited production of the Pace Car that was introduced to pace the 2010 Indianapolis 500. The Indianapolis 500 Pace Car replica is based on the 2010 Camaro 2SS Automatic 400 hp 6.2 L V8 model with RS package which includes the Inferno Orange exterior paint scheme with White Diamond rally stripes that run from front to the rear of the entire body of the car. The event and organization logos of the Indianapolis 500 Speedway are decaled on both driver and passenger doors with special badging placed underneath both front quarter panels of the Camaro nameplate. Special event stitching of the 2010 event replaces the "SS" stitching on the headrests of the front interior seating, with special premium accented floor mats and Inferno Orange accented interior trim kit. The front grille is replaced with the heritage grille that was made available as an aftermarket accessory from GM, with the addition of an Inferno Orange trimmed engine cover. Production was limited to 294 units, the majority of which were produced in automatics and a few had manual transmissions (Mostly Canadian). Out of the 294 units, 50 were sent to the Indianapolis 500 event (Festival cars) which could be seen during Pole Day prior to the event with each darning a license plate reflecting its number from 1-50. 45 other units were sent to Canada and 199 were sent to the 186 top Camaro selling dealerships based upon retail sales in the United States.

Production of the 2010 Camaro Z4Z began half-way through the 2010 model year. The production of the 2010 Camaro was temporarily halted in April 2010 when all 294 of the Z4Z models were produced. After the 294 Z4Z models were produced, production of the standard models resumed.

The 2010 Camaro 2SS Indy 500 Pace Car (Z4Z) is the second lowest production number Camaro pace car has been made available for public purchase since its debut at the Indianapolis 500 in 1967.[62]

SLP Performance ZL550/ZL575 Special EditionEdit

The SLP Performance ZL550 and ZL575 are limited production versions of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS from SLP Performance. The ZL550 would have a supercharger attached to the 6.2 L V8 boosting power from 426 to 550 hp. The 550 hp variant was mated to the 6-speed automatic transmission. It would also include 20-inch 5-spoke red line machined spoke face with ZL center caps. A decal on the rear tail light in flat black. Heritage style SS badges on the front grill and rear panel, three ZL550 or ZL575 OEM-styled exterior badges, ZL550 or ZL575 logo embroidered in the headrests and floor mats. It also included a 1-250 numbered plaque on the dashboard and numbered key fobs. It also sported a cold air induction system and an axle-back exhaust system with unique tips. A tweaked suspension lowered the front by 1-inch the rear by 0.8-inch. The hood of the car utilizes an RTM hood with a functional heat extractor. The ZL575 used the same 6.2 L V8 upgraded with the ZL550's supercharger rated at 575 hp. The ZL575 models came mated to the 6-speed manual transmission found in the normal Camaro but was tweaked to be able to handle the increased power. An option for the ZL575 was the 6-speed manual transmission would be installed with the clutch off of a Corvette ZR1 for sportier gear changes. Also, an option for the ZL550's transmission was being equipped with a 3:45 gear ratio. Brembo brakes were also an option. Sales began at Chevy dealers in mid-2010.

Styling Special (2010-)Edit

The Camaro Styling Special is a version of the 2010 Camaro LT RS and SS RS for the Japan market. It features a rally stripe, front grille, door sill plate (standard on SS RS).

The vehicles went on sale in 2010-09.[63]

MotorsportsEdit

Stevenson Motorsports have entered two Camaros in the Continental Challenge Gran Sport class.[64] They entered one Camaro in the 2009 race at Virginia International Raceway.[65] It was driven by Jeff Bucknum and David Donohue, sons of Ronnie Bucknum and Mark Donohue. Ronnie and Mark were the drivers of the original Trans Am Camaro. John Stevenson confirmed during the Montreal round of the 2009 Rolex Sports Car Series season that Pratt & Miller are working on GT Camaros to replace the Pontiac GXP.R.[66] Stevenson Motorsports will be entering Camaros in the 2010 Rolex Sports Car Series season.[67] The drivers will be Andrew Davis, Robin Liddell, and Jan Magnussen for the #57 machine and Mike Borkowski and Gunter Schaldach for the #97 machine.

TC Motorsports have entered two Camaros in the Continental Challenge for the 2010 season.[68] Also entered is the aforementioned Sunoco Camaro, which debuted in the final round of the 2009 season.

NASCAR uses the Camaro in one of its three national touring series, the Xfinity Series. Drivers who race the Chevrolet SS in the sport's top level, the Sprint Cup Series, also drive the Camaro in the Xfinity Series, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. The Xfinity Series also uses the Ford Mustang and Toyota Camry.

ProductionEdit

Assembly of the fifth generation Camaro took place in Canada like it's predecessor. Production, however, was shifted from Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec to Oshawa, Ontario.

Chevrolet started taking pre-orders for the 2010 Camaro on October 13, 2008, however sales to rentals and orders made after the pre-order period, were processed before many of the pre-orders. By the end of 2008, General Motors confirmed more than 10,000 advanced orders[69] and that all pre-orders would be completed by October 2009.[70] Camaro sales began in April 2009.

On January 17, 2009, the first production Camaro (VIN #100001) was auctioned at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in an American Heart Association charity lot.[71] The vehicle was purchased by Hendrick Motor Sports CEO Rick Hendrick for US$350,000.[72]

By late June 2009, Chevrolet dealers were reporting that the Camaro sales were exceeding availability, with prices running about US$5,000 above the MSRP. It was suggested that this may be influenced by the prominent presence of the vehicle in the Transformers movie sequel that was released worldwide through the month.[73]

General Motors sold 61,648 Camaros in the 2009 calendar year.[74] Sales of the Camaro did not start until April 2009.

MarketingEdit

A 2010 Camaro was shown while the main character was driving in the NBC series My Own Worst Enemy, which premiered on October 13, 2008, as part of a marketing arrangement between GM and NBC.[75][76]

As part of the 2010 Camaro launch in Japan, a special GM-made T-shirt was made available between 2009-07-09 and 2009-08-31.[77]

As part of the 2010 Camaro launch in Japan, a promotion movie for Camaro was premiered in Altavision Ginza between 2009-11-01 and 2009-11-08.[78]

As part of the 2011 Camaro launch in Japan, new members joining Hooters Tokyo between 2010-10-25 and 2010-11-30 could win a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro LT RS.[79]

2011 model yearEdit

Camaro coupe (2010)Edit

 
Camaro SS coupé

For the 2011 model year, the Camaro V6 engine was rated at 312 hp (233 kW) and 278 lb⋅ft (377 N⋅m), an increase of 8 hp (6.0 kW) and 5 lb⋅ft (6.8 N⋅m) from 2010. No engineering changes were made for the increase as GM claimed the 304 hp (227 kW) in the 2010 Camaro's engine was a conservative rating.[80]

The Synergy Green color from the 2010 Special Edition would be available on all 2011 model trim levels. A head-up display (HUD) with most of the instrument panel's information would be offered. The HUD is a modified version of the Chevrolet Corvette's display. The main difference is that the version in the Corvette is able to display lateral g-forces, while that amenity is not available on the Camaro.

The Japanese model was unveiled in golf courses in Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka.[81] Japanese models include LT RS and SS RS with 6-speed automatic transmission and the choice of 9 body colors (including new Red Jewel).[82]

Camaro SSX (2010)Edit

 
Chevrolet Camaro SSX

Unveiled at the 2010 SEMA show, the Camaro SSX concept car is a variant of the Camaro SS converted into a closed-course track car, built to showcase new performance parts. The car was developed with input from Pratt and Miller, Chevrolet's partner in Corvette Racing, and Riley Technologies using parts proven in the Grand Am racing series.

Changes over the standard Camaro SS included low-gloss Icy White Metallic body color with red accents and door graphics, carbon fiber hood, fenders, door and deck lid; exposed carbon fiber front splitter, rockers and adjustable rear wing; unique lower grille and brake ducts, removal of carpeting, sound deadening and rear seats; Ace suede-covered racing steering wheel and shifter, SCCA-approved roll cage and window net, racing driver's seat with five-point harness, racing pedals, fire suppression system, racing fuel cell, a video camera system mounted on the roll cage, the LS3 6.2 L V8 engine enhanced with Chevrolet Performance Parts' camshaft, cylinder heads and dry-sump oiling system; six-speed manual transmission equipped with a twin-disc clutch shared with the Corvette ZR1, low-restriction air induction and exhaust systems, 4-wheel disc racing braking system with six-piston front/four-piston rear calipers with drilled and slotted rotors, modified production suspension with Pfadt licensed components and 20-inch racing wheels and tires.[83][84][85]

The car received two awards at SEMA: The SEMA Award: Hottest Car and the Gran Turismo Award: Best Domestic.

Neiman Marcus EditionEdit

On October 19, 2010 at 12pm EDT, orders of the Neiman Marcus Edition Camaro Convertible were opened through Neiman Marcus and sold out within three minutes becoming one of quickest-selling special edition vehicles that General Motors has put out in the market.[86] A total of 100 units were produced and deleveries began in early 2011. The NM Camaro was based on both the 1SS and 2SS models and was equipped with the 6.2 L V8 engine in both options of either manual or automatic transmissions with the equal fuel efficiency and power output of the 2011 Camaro. Accessories that separated this edition from the rest were noticeably that of the exclusive tri-coat exterior paint called "Deep Bourdeaux" with ghosted rally stripes spanning across the hood to the rear deck along with a separate "Silver" painted windshield surround. A two-toned interior leather trim also separated the special edition from the rest with basic black leather with "Amber" interior accents on the front and rear seats as well as on the armrests all with accented "Brilliant Red" stitching on the aforementioned including the center console, steering wheel, and shift knob. A black interior trim kit placed upon the doors panels and dash which replaced the standard "Midnight Silver" that came in standard 2LT and 2SS models. 21" five spoke wheels that were not yet released to the general public for separate purchasing until late 2011 were placed wrapped with Pirelli P-Zero tires that also contained a Brilliant Red strip flowing along the outer edge of the wheel to follow that stitching in the interior. This edition of the Camaro was the only batch of units that were to follow trimming keys of that from the 2007 Camaro Convertible Concept with the Silver painted Window surround, interior leather trim placements, and wide spoke wheels. No Camaro Convertibles produced from the factory ever provided a different color windshield surround other than the produced body color.

Convertible (2011-2015)Edit

 
Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible

Production of the 2011 Camaro Convertible began on January 31, 2011 in Oshawa, Ontario, where the coupé was assembled.[87] It arrived in dealerships in February, and is available in both base and SS versions like the coupe.

US models include a choice of V6 and V8 (SS only) engines, Tremec TR-6060 6-speed manual or Hydra-Matic 6L50 6-speed automatic transmission, and went on sale in 2011-02.[88][89]

Japanese models include a choice of four base (silver ice metallic, black, victory red, summit white) and two premium (rally yellow, inferno orange metallic) body colours. They went on sale on 15 July 2011.[90]

2011 Synergy SeriesEdit

From concept to reality, the 2011 Synergy Series Camaro first made its debut at the 2009 SEMA event as a concept under the tag of Camaro Chroma. This concept was to display a combination of various parts from the Chevrolet Camaro's accessories catalog of both current and conceptual pieces to provide a different appearance from the other Camaro models. In 2010, the car would pop its face again however under a different exterior paint scheme of "Cyber Gray Metallic" and new nameplate of Synergy Series. It was made known that the Synergy car being shown at the 2010 SEMA event was not just going to be a concept but that it would be made available to the general public to purchase for the 2011 year model run. On May 5, 2011 orders were open to those who desired to purchase the appearance package on top of the price of either a 2LT or 2SS in either a coupe or convertible plus purchase of the RS package was required. Only the exterior colors of Victory Red, Summit White or Black could be made with purchase.[91] Upon ordering the Synergy Series Camaro people had the option to choose between two different packages:

Level One (RPO: AJA): Red interior stitching on gray leather-appointed interior seats, center console, steering wheel, shifter boot and knob, and armrests on the doors. Switchblade Silver interior trim kit on dash and door panels with accented red light piping in door trim, footwells, and cup holders. Body colored ground effects, Heritage grille, Blade spoiler, and antenna. Red engine cover and red colored Brembo brake calipers. Premium floor mats with red edging and Silver stripe Yenko enspired decals on hood, mailslot, rear deck, and side gills.[91]

Level Two (RPO: AJB): All Content from Level One package with the addition of dealer-installed 21” wide five spoke wheels with "Blade Silver" inserts and "Red Flange" stripe along the edge of wheels.[91]

Only 500 units of this package incorporated into the Camaros were to be produced for the 2011 model year run, however only 400 were actually ordered.[92] The name Synergy was decided by Chevrolet to be not only known for the green color of the first run of special edition Camaros in 2010 but to be a yearly special edition Camaro offered by Chevrolet for their determination to release at least two special edition Camaros every year. So the word "Series" was added to reflect the editions as an annual special edition.

XM Accessory Appearance PackageEdit

The XM Accessory Appearance Package (RPO: ABN) was introduced at the 2010 SEMA event providing an option that would differentiate the 1LT model from the rest as special editions were being offered towards the SS models. Ordering of the appearance package began on February 17, 2011 until the end of the 2011 model and were only limited to the following exterior colors of Black, Cyber Gray Metallic, and Imperial Blue Metallic. Integrated with the purchase of the XM Accessory Appearance Package were front body colored Heritage Grille, 21-inch diameter 5-spoke polished aluminum wheels, Silver strip running along the side of the Camaro following the contours of the shoulders to the front with pinstriping, premium capeted floor mats, rear spoiler without the need to purchase an RS (RPO: WRS) package and a 12-month free trial subscription to XM Satellite Radio.

ProductionEdit

Production of the 2011 Camaro began on 2010-06-07.[93]

MarketingEdit

As part of the 2011 Camaro launch in Japan, a Camaro 2-DAY campaign took place between 2010-07-01 and 2010-09-30, featuring a 2-day test drive chosen by raffle from Chevrolet dealers.[94]

After the 2010 version incarnation of Hawaii Five-0 was picked up by CBS for broadcast, starting with the second episode (September 27, 2010), a Chevrolet product placement deal includes a Camaro RS used by Danny Williams (Scott Caan) used for the first three seasons, with a 2014 Camaro replacing it for Season 4.[95] A second Camaro (an SS variant), in yellow, is used by Max Bergman (Masi Oka), starting in the second season.

2012 model year updateEdit

Camaro, RS, 45th Anniversary Special EditionEdit

 
The refreshed interior for the 2012 model year, note the redesigned steering wheel

Changes to the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro include the introduction of the 323 hp (241 kW) 3.6 L direct injection LFX V6 engine engine replacing the outgoing V6 engine, a new FE4 suspension package for SS coupe (retuned front and rear dampers, new solid front (23 mm) and rear (24 mm) stabilizer bars, 20-inch aluminum wheels with P245/45R20 front and P275/40R20 rear tires (from the SS)), a revised instrument panel appearance (new instrument graphics and trim), a new steering wheel design with improved ergonomics, a power lift feature for the front passenger seat, a new Rear Vision Package (a rearview camera system and an auto-dimming mirror to the existing Rear Park Assist feature), a new rear spoiler as standard, taillamps from RS appearance package option becomes standard for all vehicles. Crystal Red Tintcoat replaces Red Jewel as an exterior color.

Changes to the RS package include a new, body-color 'sharkfin' antenna.

 
Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition coupe
 
Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition convertible

The 45th Anniversary Special Edition is based on 2LT and 2SS for both coupe and convertible body styles, with unique rally stripe in red and silver at hood and deck, Carbon Flash Metallic body colour, badges located beneath the front fender emblems, new-design 20-inch wheels in dark silver, fog lamp and taillamp bezels finished in dark silver, RS-style taillamp lenses, standard rear spoiler and HID headlamps, body-color roof molding, Jet Black interior with leather-trimmed seats featuring the 45th Anniversary logo, white instrument panel and door trim inserts with the 45th Anniversary logo on the instrument panel, red, white and blue stitching on the seats, steering wheel, shift knob/boot, door armrests and console lid; 45th Anniversary logo on the steering wheel and sill plates.

The 45th Anniversary Special Edition was unveiled in Camaro5 Fest II in Arizona.[96]

Japanese models went on sale in 2012-01-20. Early models included coupe (LT RS, SS RS), convertible, 45th Anniversary Special Edition.[97][98]

2011 SEMA concepts (2011)Edit

The COPO Camaro Concept is a factory-built Stock Eliminator race car and the spiritual successor to the legendary special-order models from 1969, with provisions for two engine configurations (7.0L LS7 or 5.3L LS9), provisions for 3 transmission types (Powerglide two-speed automatic, 3-speed automatic, 5-speed manual), high-rise cowl-induction hood, custom Aeromotive fuel system with a fuel cell and integral high-pressure fuel pump, full chromoly roll cage, coil-over front suspension with Strange Engineering adjustable struts, custom rear suspension based on NHRA requirements (Strange Engineering shocks, Panhard bar and stabilizer bar), Strange Engineering S-9 solid rear axle (aluminum third member, 35-spline spool, 35-spline axles and 4.10 gear set), COPO-specific racing wheels, 29x9-inch rear radial racing slicks and 4.5x28x15-inch front tires, manual steering system, Strange Engineering lightweight racing brakes system with standard line lock, removal of sound deadening and power accessories, 2 racing bucket seats (and deletion of the rear seat), a safety harness for the driver, a competition floor shifter and Chevrolet Performance gauges by Auto Meter.[99][100]

The Camaro Hot Wheels Concept is a concept vehicle based on the Camaro SS coupe with a Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission, inspired by the "Custom Camaro" 1/64-scale model that was part of the original Hot Wheels collection released in 1968. It was designed by General Motors' Design studio in Michigan and the Hot Wheels Design studio in California. Changes include Over Chrome Green body colour (created using Gold Touch Inc.'s Cosmichrome product) with ghosted Hot Wheels logo on the quarter panels, Satin black ground effects (splitter, rocker and rear fascia-side extensions), Satin black wheels with milled face and Torch Red stripe: 20x10-inch (front) and 20x11-inch (rear), ZL1 grille with Hot Wheels badging, Hot Wheels badge on the decklid, Euro-style taillamps with new inner smoked lens, Euro-style rear fascia with new diffuser and exhaust bezels, ZL1 rear spoiler, Chevrolet Accessories Modified Satin Black Stripe, black aluminum "CAMARO" fender badges with milled face, black aluminum hood insert with milled hood vent extractors, Chevrolet Accessories Synergy Series gill decals, Black leather-wrapped IP and door inserts with Torch Red accents, and cut-and-sew flames; Hot Wheels sill plates, Hot Wheels cut-and-sew embroidered logos in the front seatbacks, Chevrolet Accessories pedal kit, Chevrolet Accessories footwell and cup holder lighting (red), Brembo brakes: six-piston front with two-piece rotors and four-piston calipers, suspension lowering kit by Pedders Chevrolet Accessories strut tower brace, Chevrolet Accessories black engine cover, Chevrolet Accessories exhaust system.[101][102]

The Camaro Red Zone Concept is a version of the 2012 Camaro designed by Adam Barry. It features a black convertible tonneau cover, Chevrolet Accessories 21x8.5-inch silver/polished-face wheels, silver heritage stripe, Chevrolet Accessories body-color grille and convertible wind screen, suspension lowering kit by Pedders, concept polished strut tower brace, concept "RS" underhood liner, Titanium leather interior with Silver Ice accents, Black soft instrument panel insert, Chevrolet Accessories Silver Ice door and instrument panel inserts and Chevrolet Accessories floor mats with silver "CAMARO" logos.

The Camaro Synergy Series Concept is a version of the Camaro with Silver Ice body color with black Synergy stripes on the hood, with decklid and "mail slot" decals with red line inserts; Synergy gill decals and no SS or RS exterior badges, Chevrolet Accessories body-color ground effects and grille, Chevrolet Accessories 21-inch wheels in black with red stripe, Suspension lowering kit by Pedders (Chevrolet Official Licensed Product), red Brembo brake calipers, Chevrolet Accessories red engine cover, Concept "SS" underhood liner, Concept polished strut tower brace, Chevrolet Accessories floor mats (ebony with red and "CAMARO" logo in silver), Chevrolet Accessories lighting kit (displayed in red), Hurst short-throw shifter, Black leather interior with red accent stitching on seats, console, doors, steering wheel and shifter boot; Silver Ice instrument panel and door inserts, Black leather instrument panel soft insert with red stitching, SS logo with red outline on the head restraints and Chevrolet Accessories pedal kit.

The Camaro 1LE Concept is a version of the Camaro featuring production components from both the Camaro SS and the (then forthcoming) Camaro ZL1, with Victory Red body color, flat black hood and hash mark extensions, satin black splitter, rocker panels, rear spoiler and outside mirrors; sport suspension featuring Magnetic Ride Control, electric power steering, six-speed manual close-ratio transmission, 20x10-inch (front) and 20x11-inch (rear) racing wheels (in satin black), Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G asymmetrical tires (from the ZL1), Brembo six-piston front calipers with two-piece front rotors and four-piston rear calipers (Chevrolet Official Licensed Product), dual exhaust outlets with ZL1-style active exhaust and diffuser, shock tower brace, Chevrolet Accessories red engine cover, Black leather interior with Light Stone stitching, Graphite Silver door and instrument panel inserts, ZL1 shifter with Light Stone stitching, ZL1 flat-bottom steering wheel and Chevrolet Accessories pedal kit.

Camaro ZL1 Carbon Concept is a version of Camaro ZL1 with Ashen Gray body colour, Chevrolet Accessories exposed-weave carbon fiber "Mohawk" hood insert, Carbon fiber rear spoiler with stainless-steel wicker bill, Carbon fiber inserts on the interior door and instrument panel, 20x10-inch (front) and 20x11-inch (rear) wheels in satin black with machined faces, Brembo six-piston front calipers with two-piece front rotors and four-piston rear calipers (Chevrolet Official Licensed Product), Magnetic Ride Control, dual exhaust outlets with active exhaust and diffuser, Jet Black leather interior with sueded microfiber seat inserts and Torch Red stitching, ZL1 short-throw shifter with suede and carbon fiber-trimmed shift knob and Suede-trimmed flat-bottom steering wheel and ZL1 pedals.[103][104][105]

ZL1 (2012–2015)Edit

 
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
 
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

Unveiled at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, the ZL1 is a high performance variant of the Camaro SS. Atleast 30 percent of the parts on the ZL1 are exclusive to the model.

The car features a 6,162 cc (6.2 L; 376.0 cu in) LSA V8 engine with a 1.9 L (120 cu in) supercharger which produced a maximum boos pressure of 7 psi (0.48 bar). The engine has a power output of 580 bhp (588 PS; 433 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 556 lb⋅ft (754 N⋅m) of torquw at 4,200 rpm. Power is delivered to the rear wheels by either a six-speed manual (TR-6060) or a 6L90 automatic transmission. The manual transmission has a stronger outputshaft, a more robust rear housing and an additional mainshaft roller bearing to provide 30-percent more torque capacity than the automatic transmission used in the Camaro SS. To improve shift quality, there are triple synchros in some gears and a revised linkage. A new dual-mass flywheel is bolted to a high-capacity twin-disc clutch. The automatic transmission has additional clutch plates, a strengthened output shaft and is programmed with three operating modes (Drive/Sport/Manual).[106]

The ZL1's power is complemented by exclusive performance technologies, including the third generation of Magnetic ride suspension and Performance Traction Management. Brembo supplied the braking system having six piston calipers at the front and four piston calipers at the rear. A duct system delivers air from the grille to the hard-working rotors. The 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels are fitted with second-generation Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires (size 285/35ZR-20 at the front and 305/35ZR-20 at the back). Damping is provided by Magnetic Ride Control units. This system can sense the need for a damping correction 1,000 times per second and make that change in only five milliseconds. The Performance Traction Management (PTM) system was originally engineered for the Corvette ZR1. In addition to modulating engine torque for optimum launch performance in manual-equipped ZL1s, PTM also varies the traction control and suspension damping as needed. The five available modes are for wet, dry, sport with or without stability control and race-driving conditions.[106]

Additional track-ready features standard on the Camaro ZL1 include coolers for the engine, transmission and rear differential, cooling ducts for the Brembo brakes, and a high-performance fuel system deliverig fuel to the LSA engine under any performance-driving condition. The ZL1's rear axle includes a high-capacity cast-iron-case differential, massive asymmetrical half shafts, and extra-heavy-duty universal joints. To keep the lubricant temperature in line, there's an oil-to-oil heat exchanger built into the bottom of the differential. Transmission fluid circulates through that heat exchanger and through the radiator to drop operating temps by more than 100 °F (38 °C). In addition, the engine is fitted with the same oil-to-coolant heat exchanger used in the Corvette ZR1. The ZL1 has a deeper oil pan, a longer pickup, and a higher-capacity pump than the SS.[106][107]

The ZL1 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.8 seconds and can complete the 14 mile (402 m) in 11.94 seconds at 116 mph (187 km/h).[108]

2012 Camaro 2LS (2012)Edit

The Camaro 2LS was manufactured by GM in 2012. Designed for a better fuel economy using a slightly different gear ratio, this model resembles the trim of the original LS. It was available in both a manual transmission as well as an optional 6-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles on each opposite side of the steering wheel. One downside about the 2LS is that it does not contain the option for “Sports Mode”. Instead of sports mode, the vehicle goes into Electronic Range Select (2LS).[7] This allows the driver to choose the highest gear that the transmission will shift into.[7]

2012 COPO Camaro (2012–2013)Edit

The 2012 COPO Camaro (P/N 20129562) is a limited production version of the Camaro factory drag-racing cars designed for NHRA Stock Eliminator and Super Stock classes. It has a Powerglide automatic transmission with a choice of 3 engines (an LS7 7.0 L V8 or an LSX 5.3 L V8 with a 2.9 L supercharger or a LSX 5.3 L V8 with a 4.0 L Whipple supercharger). It also has a choice of 5 body colors (Flat Black, Summit White, Victory Red, Silver Ice Metallic and Ashen Gray Metallic), a solid rear axle, a full chrome moly roll cage, removal of sound deadening and power accessories, 2 racing bucket seats (deletion of rear seat), a safety harness for the driver, a competition floor shifter, Chevrolet Performance gauges, Bogart racing wheels and Hoosier Racing Tires.

COPO graphics package includes color from the concept vehicle, but in Metallic White, Semi-Gloss Black, Inferno Orange Metallic and Chevy Racing Blue.

Collector's Package includes all three COPO racing engines serial-number-matched to the car, with one installed at the time of delivery.

The COPO Camaro went on sale via a confirmation letter to the registered buyer. Delivery began at the General Motors Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan, starting in Summer 2012. Only 69 units were made.[109][110]

2012 COPO Camaro Convertible (2012–2013)Edit

The COPO Camaro Convertible is a convertible variant of the COPO Camaro. It features a supercharged LSX 5.3 L V8 engine with a 4.0 L Whipple supercharger that has a power output of 550 hp (410 kW) as well as a black or Inferno Orange Metallic body colour with additional custom graphics, special interior trim and a Turbo 400 three-speed automatic transmission. Two units were made which were numbered 68 and 69.

Car number 69 was unveiled at the 2012 SEMA show and was kept at thr GM Heritage Center. Car number 69 went on sale at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in an American Heart Association charity lot.[111][112][113]

RecordsEdit

In the fall of 2011, a ZL1 completed a lap of the Nürburgring in 7:41.27, placing it in the same class as much more expensive cars like the Porsche 911 Turbo S, Lamborghini Murciélago LP640, and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.[114]

ProductionEdit

Production of the ZL1 for the 2012 model year amounted to 1.971 units. 99 were officially allocated for Canada.

Engines for 2012 COPO Camaro engine were assembled at Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan.

The COPO Camaro models were built by hand starting with hardware from the Oshawa assembly plant, including the same "body in white" body shells racers can purchase from Chevrolet Performance.

A 2012 COPO Camaro engine was built by Hendrick Motorsports owner and Hendrick Automotive Group chairman Rick Hendrick.[115]

Among the 69 2012 COPO Camaros produced, 67 were coupés and 2 were convertibles, 43 cars were equipped with the 427 naturally aspirated engine (including the original proof of concept show car that debuted at the 2011 SEMA Show), 20 cars were equipped with the 327 / 4.0 L-supercharged engine, 6 cars were equipped with the 327 / 2.9 L-supercharged engine, 8 customers ordered the collector's package, 32 cars were painted Summit White (including the original show car), 20 cars were painted Black, 12 cars were painted Victory Red, 2 cars were painted Ashen Grey Metallic, 2 cars were painted Silver Ice Metallic, 1 car was painted Inferno Orange Metallic, 12 cars were ordered without COPO graphics.[112]

The final 2012 COPO Camaro Convertible was sold at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction for US$400,000.[116][117]

MarketingEdit

Hot Wheels produced a collector's edition 1:64-scale model car based on the Camaro Hot Wheels Concept.[102]

2013 model year updateEdit

Camaro, RS, 1LEEdit

Changes made in the 2013 model year include:[118]

  • 1LE performance package
  • Chevrolet MyLink and color-touch navigation
  • Hill start assist now standard on all manual transmissions
  • ZL1-style shift knob standard on all manual transmissions
  • Remote vehicle start now included on 1LT and 1SS with automatic transmission
  • Blue Ray Metallic exterior color
  • Frameless inside rearview mirror
  • New 18-inch and 20-inch wheel designs
  • Mojave leather interior upholstery

The 1LE package was offered on 1SS and 2SS coupe models, with an exclusive Tremec TR-6060/MM6 6-speed manual transmission with a standard air-to-liquid cooling system, 3.91 geared limited slip differential, exclusive monotube rear dampers, 27-mm solid front stabilizer bar, 28-mm solid rear stabilizer bar, higher-capacity rear-axle half shafts, strut tower brace, ZL1-based 20 x 10-inch front and 20 x 11-inch aluminum wheels, 285/35ZR20 Goodyear Eagle Supercar G:2 tires front and rear (identical to the front tires for ZL1), ZL1 wheel bearings, toe links and rear shock mounts; ZL1 high-capacity fuel pump and additional fuel pickups, matte black hood, black front splitter and rear spoiler, 10-spoke ZL1-based wheels; ZL1 flat-bottom steering wheel trimmed in sueded microfiber, short-throw shifter from the ZL1 trimmed in sueded microfiber.

The RS package (available for LT and SS models) added 20-inch wheels, body-color roof moldings and antenna and high-intensity discharge headlamps.

Changes to the SS models included standard variable-effort electric power steering, optional Recaro bucket seats, optional dual-mode exhaust system on manual transmission-equipped models. Both features were introduced on the Camaro ZL1.

Exterior colors include Summit White, Black, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Victory Red, Rally Yellow, Inferno Orange Metallic, Ashen Grey Metallic and Blue Ray Metallic. The convertible top color choices include black and beige.

The Camaro has a power output of 426 hp (318 kW) when equipped with the 6 speed manual transmission, which reduced to 400 hp (298 kW) when the car was equipped with the 6 speed automatic transmission.

NASCAR Nationwide Series carEdit

Unveiled at the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series Practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Nationwide Series Camaro coupé incorporated the unique power-bulge hood and deep recessed grille from the production Camaro. In addition, the design incorporates the distinctive halo light rings and dual-port grille appearances, and the gold bowtie.[119][120]

2012 SEMA conceptsEdit

Chevrolet built a special version of the Camaro ZL1 coupe designed in association with Chevrolet Design Manager Dave Ross for NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. It features a custom gray metallic body colour accented with tribal and Smoke graphics in flat red and silver pinstripes, tinted headlamp lenses with red halo lighting, custom wheels with a Piano Black finish and red accents, Jet Black leather seats with suede inserts and scarlet accent stitching, embroidered Tony Stewart signatures on the seats, suede leather door panel inserts and instrument panel wrapping with laser-etched details, Jet Black leather door armrests with French stitching and white piping, Jet Black suede leather-wrapped steering wheel with scarlet accent stitching, Piano Black trim plates and a custom gauge cluster bezel.[121]

The Camaro ZL1 Touring Convertible concept is a Camaro ZL1 convertible with green exterior color, 10-spoke Chevrolet Accessories wheels with liquid metal finish and milled faces, windshield header frame, taillamp bezels and exterior badges with liquid metal finish; matte black splitter and rockers, matte black upper fascia blackout, polished shock tower brace under the hood, ebony leather seats with Mojave perforated leather inserts and light Mojave stitching, Mojave leather-wrapped armrests, leather shift knob and console lid with Mojave stitching, Chevrolet Accessories Ice Blue interior lighting kit, ZL1-logo premium floor mats and sill plates.[122]

The Camaro Performance V8 concept is a black Camaro SS with Chevrolet Performance ZL1 rear differential kit, 5.1-ratio short-throw shifter, shock tower brace with white Camaro graphic, Camaro 1LE suspension kit, Camaro ZL1 brake conversion kit, concept dual-mode exhaust system, Camaro ZL1 rockers and rear lower diffuser, Camaro Dusk front splitter, upper front fascia blackout graphic, hood and decklid graphics in red metallic, Chevrolet Accessories black blade rear spoiler, heritage grille and 'gill' graphics, Chevrolet Accessories 20x10-inch (front) and 20x11-inch (rear) five-spoke black wheels with polished 'fangs', Camaro ZL1 black suede seat inserts with Jet Black leather seats; Torch Red stitching and carbon fiber-material bolsters, red suede stripe on the driver's seatback, Camaro ZL1 flat-bottom steering wheel with carbon fiber trim, Camaro ZL1 suede shift knob with 5.1 badge, leather carbon fiber-material-wrapped instrument panel and door inserts, suede-wrapped soft instrument panel insert, Chevrolet Accessories lighting package, pedal covers and Camaro-logo premium floor mats; Concept Chevrolet Performance embroidered console lid and sill plates and production RS gauge package.[123]

The Camaro Performance V6 concept includes a 323 hp (241 kW) LFX V6 engine, ZL1 Brake Conversion Kit, Camaro 1LE suspension kit, rear differential from the Camaro 1LE, Summit White body colour, Chevrolet Performance shock tower brace, Camaro ZL1 dual-mode exhaust system and rear diffuser, Camaro convertible rear spoiler in matte black, Chevrolet Accessories heritage grille painted matte black, Camaro Dusk front splitter in matte black, upper front fascia blackout graphic, matte black hood wrap with exposed Summit White stripe, Chevrolet Accessories 20x10-inch (front) and 20x11-inch (rear) 10-spoke black wheels with milled faces, Summit White door panel and instrument panel inserts, Chevrolet Accessories lighting package, pedal covers and Camaro-logo premium floor mats; Concept Chevrolet Performance embroidered console lid and sill plates, Concept Chevrolet Performance logo on the instrument panel insert and production RS gauge package.[124]

The Camaro SS 1LE package became available under the 2013 Chevrolet Performance Catalog.[125]

Giovanna Edition (2013)Edit

Unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon, the Camaro Giovanna Edition is a variant of the Camaro LT RS and SS RS for the Japanese market. It was developed in collaboration with the owner of the Cadillac/Chevrolet dealership in Tokyo's Kunitachi suburb, with further input from noted Japanese journalist Tatsuya Kushima. It included a choice of 4 body colors (Silver Ice Metallic, Black, Rally Yellow (optional), Summit White), body stripe (original GT decal), fuel cap with Giovanna Edition Logo, front SS or RS emblem, rear Chevrolet bow tie decal, Giovanna Edition Logos on the head rests and door sill plates and Giovanna Wheel 20-inch aluminium wheels made by WTW Corp. It went on sale in March 2013.[126][127]

2013 "Turbo" Camaro Coupé (2013)Edit

Unveiled at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, the "Turbo" Camaro Coupé is a concept car based on the Camaro coupé and inspired by the DreamWorks Turbo movie snail. Changes included lower rockers and fender flares in a wide body design configuration, a front splitter and rear diffuser, a GT concept rear spoiler, custom front and rear LED lighting with multicolor halo effect for the front headlamps, black body colour with a vinyl chrome wrap dark tinted to look like black chrome, 24x10-inch front wheels with a front wheel and custom offset, 24x15-inch rear wheels, a supercharged V8 engine mated to an automatic transmission having a power output of 700 hp (522 kW), a custom intake assembly for the supercharger housing, 2x2 5-inch diameter rear exhaust outlets, custom COPO hood assembly, low profile hood pin system, front suspension with custom adjustable coilover strut assemblies and rear suspension with custom adjustable rear springs and shock assemblies.[128][129]

2013 Camaro Hot Wheels Special EditionEdit

 
Hot Wheels special edition in Mexico

The Camaro Hot Wheels Special Edition is a special variant of the Camaro available in coupé and convertible body styles, with a choice of 2LT (V6) and 2SS (V8) trims with a ZL1 appearance package. Changes include:

  • ZL1 rear spoiler (coupé models)
  • ZL1 front upper grille
  • Ground effects package, including front splitter and rocker treatment
  • Black 21-inch wheels with red outline stripe
  • Two-tone matte hood graphic and rear taillight panel "blackout" graphic
  • Fender "flame" graphics
  • Hot Wheels grille and decklid logos. Dragon flames.
  • Black leather-trimmed interior with red and black seat stitching with the Hot Wheels logo embroidered on the front seats.
  • Black instrument panel and door inserts
  • Hot Wheels-style flame decal on each rear quarter panel
  • Hot Wheels Edition sill plates
  • Camaro logo premium floor mats with red edging
HotWheels Special Edition Final Production Numbers
Model edition Trans Count
1ES37 2SS COUPE HWS MYC AUTO SS 559
1ES37 2SS COUPE HWS M10 MANUAL SS 354
1EF37 2LT COUPE HWS MYB AUTO V6 263
1ES67 2SS CONVERT HWS MYC AUTO SS 203
1ES67 2SS CONVERT HWS M10 MANUAL SS 57
1EF67 2LT CONVERT HWS MYB AUTO V6 46
1EF37 2LT COUPE HWS MV5 MANUAL V6 34
1EF67 2LT CONVERT HWS MV5 MANUAL V6 8
1524

[130]

The Hot Wheels Edition was unveiled at the 2012 SEMA Show,[131] followed by the 2013 Indianapolis 500.[132]

Production began in the first quarter of 2013, and ordering began in October 2012.[133][134][135][136]

Japanese models went on sale in limited quantities (10 units in total), which included Kinetic Blue Metallic body colour, black 20-inch wheels, HOT WHEELS decal stripe, exclusive rear spoiler, front leather seats with HOT WHEELS embroidering, engine cover in black, premium floor mat and the LFX V6 engine.[137][138]

2013 COPO Camaro (2013)Edit

The 2013 COPO Camaro is a limited production variant of the Camaro factory drag-racing cars designed for NHRA Stock Eliminator classes, with a new manual or Powerglide automatic transmission and a choice of 3 engines (a 350-cubic-inch engine rated at 325 hp (242 kW), a 396-cubic-inch engine rated at 375 hp (280 kW) or a 427-cubic-inch engine rated at 425 hp (317 kW)). It also features a fuel-injection system, engine management from a Holley HP EFI electronic control unit with self-tuning fuel table strategies and data logging, Holley Hi-Ram intake manifold, rear axle gearing optimized for each vehicle depending on the engine and transmission, a 'heritage' grille and standard-production (non-HID) headlamps, new exterior graphics choices with engine-size call-outs, revised interior package with custom carpet and new switch panel, dedicated racing wiring harness, and revised front springs that enhance performance, transmission cooler integrated with radiator, choice of 5 body colors (Black, Summit White, Victory Red, Silver Ice Metallic and Ashen Gray Metallic), NHRA-approved roll cage and other safety equipment, racing chassis and suspension components (including a unique solid rear axle system in place of a regular-production Camaro's independent rear axle), lightweight Bogart racing wheels, Hoosier Racing Tires and a sequenced build serial number matched to the engine. The car is sold without a Vehicle identification number (VIN) though, and thus cannot be registered for highway use.

Engine Collector's Package includes all three COPO racing engines serial-number-matched to the car, with one installed at the time of delivery.

The special edition went on sale by signing up on the COPO Camaro Mailing List in February 2013, with randomly chosen buyers identified by March of the same year. Production began in April 2013, with deliveries starting in early Summer. Production amounted to a total of 69 units.[139][140]

MotorsportsEdit

The Camaro coupé started participating in the NASCAR Nationwide Series beginning in the 2013 season.[141][142]

Aftermarket productionEdit

The 2013 COPO Camaro #041 was built by Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey Garage and Dennis Collins of Collins Bros. Jeep at the Wixom plant. The vehicle was sold for US$137,500.00 (includes buyers commission) at 2013 Barrett-Jackson Reno auction.[143][144][145] The production of the vehicle was featured in Fast N' Loud.[146]

ProductionEdit

Production Numbers

  • 1LT: 25,051 units
  • 2LT: 20,142 units
  • 1SS: 18,602 units
  • 2SS: 14,772 units

2014 faceliftEdit

 
Facelift Chevrolet Camaro V6 convertible
 
Facelift Chevrolet Camaro coupé

Changes for the 2014 model year include a redesigned front and rear end in corporative new head and tail light assembly, resulting in a wider, lower, more contemporary appearance, and a front fascia featuring a wider lower opening as well as a narrower upper opening that also updates the appearance of the iconic “halo ring” HID headlamps on the Camaro RS package. Other additions include a functional hood vent on the Camaro SS and optional Recaro seats with microfiber suede inserts for the SS and ZL1 packages. The Head-Up Display and Driver Information Center were also now in color display for the 2LT, 2SS and ZL1 models.[147]

US models of the 2014 Camaro arrived at Chevrolet dealers later in 2013. The Camaro Z/28 was expected to appear at track events across the United States in spring 2014.[148]

European Camaro convertible and coupé included new MyLink connected radio, and were set to arrive at Chevrolet dealerships at the end of 2013.[149]

Camaro Z/28Edit

Unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show (in coupé form),[150] followed by the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (in convertible and coupe form), the Camaro Z/28 is a high performance variant of the Camaro SS with a full aerodynamic package designed for optimum performance during track driving. The package includes a large splitter connected to an underbody panel, fender flares over the front and rear wheels, extended rocker panels, redesigned rear spoiler and a functional diffuser. Other changes include interior trim in matte-metallic Octane finish, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, standard Recaro seats with microfiber suede inserts and manual adjustment, elimination of the seat-back pass through, high-density foam in place of the rigid structure of the seat back and steel mesh of the seat bottom, a 7.0 L LS7 V8 engine co-developed with Corvette Racing, racing-style cold-air induction system with large K&N air filter, standard dual mode exhaust system with larger-diameter pipes, Tremec TR-6060 6-speed manual transmission, limited-slip differential with a helical gear set, 19-inch diameter wheels with Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R 305/30ZR19 tires, Multimatic DSSV spool valve dampers,[151] Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix brake discs (394 x 36 mm front and 390 x 32 mm), monoblock calipers (6-piston front, 4-piston rear), elimination of tire inflating kit (except for units sold in Rhode Island and New Hampshire), deletion of interior sound deadener and carpeting from the trunk, replacement of the standard LN4 battery with LN3 battery, replacement of the standard 3.5 mm glass with thinner 3.2 mm glass for the rear window, removal of HID headlamps and foglights and the removal of air conditioning (available as a stand-alone option).[152]

The Z/28 can accelerate from 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 4 seconds and can attain a top speed of 172 mph (277 km/h).[153] The Z/28 won the Motor Trend's 2014 Best Driver's Car Award, beating the Alfa Romeo 4C, BMW i8, BMW M4, Nissan GT-R Nismo and five other cars.[clarification needed]

MarketingEdit

Takara Tomy produced a self-transforming Camaro coupe under the Transformers Omnibot line, produced in association with Kenji Ishida of Brave Robotics. The toy was unveiled at the Tokyo Toy Show in 2013.[154][155]

SalesEdit

Year Sales
2009 61,648[156]
2010 81,299[157]
2011 88,249[157]
2012 84,391[158]
2013 80,567[159]
2014 86,297[160]
2015 77,502[161]

Awards and recognitionEdit

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