The fourth generation Chevrolet Camaro was discontinued due to the slow sales mainly due to the economic decline followed by the 911 terrorist attack.
It was concluded by the GM top brass that it is economically unviable to develop an entirely new platform to build the aging F-body-based Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird. Pontiac Firebird and the Chevrolet Camaro were discontinued in 2002 due to the deteriorating market for sports coupes and convertibles.
Chevrolet Camaro was easily approachable for the blue-collar workers as the European exotics such as the Porsche, BMW, Mercedes Benz AMG, Ferrari, and McLaren cars were out of reach for anyone other than millionaire playboys and adrenaline junkies.
Chevrolet Camaro, being a muscle car, never handled quite well. The steering was not accurate as in the European made cars. Suspension was largely outdated by the European standard. Still, it offered fast acceleration and acceptable levels of overall performance for a fraction of the price.
Hot blooded Americans were sad to see it go, and never expected to see a replacement anytime soon. There were some rumors about a possible reincarnation, but those turned out to be just rumors. When general motors unveiled the new generation of Chevrolet Camaro, many were quite happy about it.
Development of the Chevrolet Camaro started back in 2005, and by the spring of the same year, the first concept car of the fifth generation Camaro was in development.
Several sketches were drawn and shown to a selected crowd. Eventually one of the final sketched were chosen to construct the clay model. This clay model was finished by the end of 2005 and was unveiled to the public in early 2006 at the Washington Auto Show. Sangyup Lee was the creative mind behind this initial design.
On August 10, 2006, GM chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner announced that the GM would build an all-new version of the Chevrolet Camaro. The first prototype was unveiled to the public at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show.
After the public introduction of the concept cars, and due to the warm reception received, GM decided to construct several prototypes. The initial prototypes were manufactured by Holden, the famed Australia automotive manufacturer, a division of the GM. The cost of each prototype is approximately $250,000.
All these prototypes were later used extensively to test their handling on tarmac and also on loose surfaces under mild to extreme weather conditions. Camouflaged prototypes were extensively tested in Australia, Arizona, and Canada.
By 2008, Chevrolet announced that the test mules won’t be camouflaged anymore, and various sources reported images of the prototypes in the wild, including several pre-production models.
2006 Chevrolet Camaro Concept
Chevrolet Camaro concept was unveiled at the North American International Auto show in 2006.
The Chevrolet Camaro concept car was based on the GM Zeta platform developed by the Holden. Holden Commodore, Chevrolet Caprice, and Pontiac G8 were also based on the Zeta platform.
The concept car was equipped with a 6.0-liter LS2 V8 engine, delivering 400 horsepower with active fuel management. This engine was mated to a six-speed manual transmission unit.
Front and rear suspension featured progressive rate springs and gas pressurized dampers.
Four-wheel disc brakes with 14-inch rotors, 21-inch in the front and 22-inch rear five spoke cast alloy wheels were added to improve handling.
This concept was designed by Sangyup Lee, and featured a longer wheelbase than its predecessor. It was influenced by the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS coupe.
When the concepts were unveiled, Chevrolet General Manager De Peper stated that the new Chevrolet Camaro will appeal to both men and women, and will fill the owners with fond memories of previous Chevrolet Camaro cars.
2007 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Concept
In 2007, the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible was announced at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. Sangyup lee and Tom Peters are the creative minds behind this project.
The convertible was different in many ways when compared to the coupe. Everybody panel was changed from the door cut back. The rear fender lines dropped off from the horizontal surface to the vertical surface a couple of inches farther out than on the coupe to maintain visual proportions. Rear spoiler was also reshaped.
The rear and front wheels were redesigned and featured a thin orange accent in the outer edges, this was a reference to the Redwalls available on the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro.
Many interior changes were done to make the car more practical as a convertible. The retro houndstooth-style seats of the coupe were replaced with modern leather and orange stitching. Rear seats were repositioned to make room for the tonneau cover. The clarity of the gauges was improved by making the faces white with black chrome numbers and a red anodized needle.
The steering wheel was a three spoke one and the chrome seat belt buckles were a reference to the 1960s GM made cars.
2008 Chevrolet Camaro Concepts
The General Motors unveiled several concept variants of the production version of the Chevrolet Camaro at the SEMA show in 2008.
Chevrolet Camaro Black
The Chevrolet Camaro Black concept featured a matte black hood, HID headlamps with demon eye style red halo rings, a darker grille, dark tinted glass and taillight lenses. The 21-inch wheels were also finished with a darker finish. This concept was equipped with a 3.6-liter (220 cu) V6 engine, delivering 304 horsepower.
Chevrolet Camaro LS7
Chevrolet Camaro LS7 concept was inspired by the COPO Camaros of the 1960s. It was equipped with a 7.0-liter LS7 crate engine mated to a Tremec six speed manual gearbox, delivering 550 horsepower. It also had a high-performance exhaust and improved headers, air intake system, and a camshaft. All these modifications were done by using the Chevrolet made parts.
This car also came with Brembo brakes, Hurst short throw shifter, 20-inch custom wheels, and a lowered ride height.
Exterior of the car was finished in Victory Red with matte black accents on the LS7 badges, front grille, hood, and rear headlight panel. LS7 logo was also featured on the hood cowl.
Interior featured red panel trim on the doors, dashboard, and gauges.
The silver parts were redone in gloss black in the final production Camaros including the steering wheel, vent trimmings, and center console.
Dale Earnhardt Junior Concept
Dale Earnhardt Junior won the Most Popular Driver Award fifteen consecutive times from 2003 to 2017. He is a two-time Daytona 500 winner, in 2004 and 2014. He also won 26 wins in the NASCAR Cup series.
The Chevrolet Camaro Dale Earnhardt Junior version was a concept developed with the input from the Junior himself.
This car was actually a Camaro SS which was tuned to run on higher octane E85 fuel.
This concept car was finished in gray and white paint scheme with orange trim.
It also featured five spoke 21-inch alloy wheels, a dovetail spoiler, alternate grille, and many modifications to the suspension and powertrain.
2010 Chevrolet Camaro GS Racecar concept
The Chevrolet Camaro GS Racecar Concept was inspired by Mark Donohue’s blue and yellow Trans Am Series Camaro. This was specifically designed to challenge in Michelin Pilot Challenge (KONI Challenge Series).
A carbon fiber hood, trunk lid, doors, and fenders helped to keep the weight down. This concept car was equipped with an LS3 V8 engine mated to a Tremec TR 6060 six speed manual transmission unit.
The exhaust was equipped with Coast Fab mufflers, C and R racing aluminum radiator, coolers for the engine oil, transmission, and differential.
This concept car was sold during 2013 Monterey Car Week.
When Chevrolet first decided to create the fifth generation of the Chevrolet Camaro, their initial decision was to use the chassis and drivetrain from the Impala, a full-size family sedan. A 2007 energy law suddenly changed the Corporate Average Fuel economy, forcing GM to scuttle plans for replacing the W body platform, which the Impala was based on.
To give the car a more performance-oriented nature, the Zeta platform was chosen to develop the car.
Holden led the final design, engineering, and development of the Chevrolet Camaro, following the development of the Zeta architecture and its advances in the field of research and development.
It was initially scheduled to begin production in 2008 and to go on sale in the first quarter of 2009 for the 2009 model year, but GM stated that the production would be delayed until February 2009 with the plans of the new Camaro going on sale in the spring of 2019 as a 2010 model year car.
The production of the car began officially on March 16, 2009. Production was done at the Oshawa Car Assembly manufacturing plant in Canada. Oshawa plant was supposed to close down which would result in the loss of 2750 jobs, but when GM decided to manufacture the new Camaro there, most of these jobs were saved, and the aging plant was revamped to a state of art manufacturing facility with an investment of $ 740 million USD.
The fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro was unveiled in April, 2009 as a 2010 model year car.
The first production model was unveiled at the Warren Technical Center in 2010.
US models went on sale in the first quarter of 2009.
Japanese spec model also went on sale in the fall of 2009.
The Camaro was made available as a coupe in five different trim variants.
The LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1SS, and 2SS.
The LS and LT variants were equipped with a 3.5-liter (217 cu) GM LLT V6 engine, delivering 312 horsepower at 6400rpm and maximum torque of 273 lb-ft at 5200rpm.
The Super Sport (SS) variant was equipped with a 6.2-liter (376 cu) LS3 V8 engine with a manual transmission as standard, delivering 426 horsepower at 5900rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque at 4600rpm.
The SS variant with automatic transmission is equipped with a new variant of the LS3 called the L99, delivering 400 horsepower at 5900rpm and 410 lb-ft of torque at 4300rpm. This is not related to the earlier LT-series L99.
This L99 powerplant is using active fuel management. This feature enables the engine to run on only four cylinders during urban driving situations, to improve fuel economy.
The SS variant come equipped with a fully independent four-wheel suspension system, four-wheel disc brakes with four piston Brembo calipers, variable rate power steering, a StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with Competitive and Sport modes, launch control for the manual transmission equipped cars, six standard air bags including the head curtain side impact air bags and front seat mounted thorax side air bags
RS appearance package was available for the Limited (LT) and Super Sport (SS) variants. RS package includes High density (HID) headlamps with integrated demon eye style halo rings, RS exclusive taillights and wheels, and a rear spoiler. Rally and hockey stripe packages were available in several colors as well.
2009 SEMA Concepts
The Chroma Camaro was based on an LS3 engine equipped SS/RS variant. This car was painted in Summit White and uses a combination of accessory components showcasing yet to arrive GM accessories for the Chevrolet Camaro, which would become available for the 2011 model year. The Chroma Concept was the preliminary design of what would become the Synergy Series Camaro that would debut at the 2010 SEMA event.
This concept featured a new silver stripe package, 21-inch wheels with silver painted spoke centers with a Victory Red stripe painted along the edge of the wheel, Blade rear spoiler, Heritage front grill with body accent outer frame, color matching ground effects package, Pedder’s suspension lowering kit, off road exhaust, off road shorty headers, Brembo calipers painted in victory red, etc.
The interior featured a black and gray leather seats with red accent stitching. The steering wheel and shifter boot surrounding the Hurst short-throw shifter also featured this red stitching. The dash trim, door panels, and the interior trim featured a Silver Ice paint job.
Synergy Concept Camaro
The Synergy Concept Camaro was painted in a new Synergy Green paint job and featured the latest appearance accessories such as a Cyber Grey rally hood and a rear deck stripes, new ground effects kit consisting a new rear diffuser, a front spoiler, a rear high wing, a new rear bumper with integrated exhaust system, a Pedder’s coil over lowering kit, a set of large Brembo brake calipers, and 21-inch alloy wheels with a black center finish and polished rim.
Interior was done in Jet Black and Synergy Green accent stitching, interior trim kit, and green ambient lightning that run along the door panels and speedometers.
Jay Leno Camaro
A customized Chevrolet Camaro was built by GM for Jay Leno, American TV presenter and celebrity. This car was equipped with a 3.6-liter (220 cu) direct-injected V6, a powertrain similar to the one in LS and LT models. This engine was then mated to a twin Turonetics T3 turbocharger system and a custom air to air intercooler system that feeds seven pounds of boost pressure to the engine. To cope with extra heat generation, an upgraded Be-Cool radiator was also added.
The engine power output was 425 horsepower without affecting fuel efficiency of the car.
The standard six-speed manual gearbox got an upgraded Center force clutch and pressure plate.
A Pedder’s coil-over lowering kit, Brembo’s six-piston brake system was added to improve handling and braking.
A body kit including a new rear diffuser, revised hood, revised front fascia, and additional vents for the brakes and the engine was also added to make it more unique.
Chevrolet Camaro Special Editions
Chevrolet Camaro Transformers Special Edition
On July, 2009, GM unveiled a Transformers Special Edition appearance package for the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro at the San Diego Comic-Con. This package was an extra $995 and could be available for the LT and SS variants with or without the optional RS package and could be applied to cars painted in the Rally Yellow exterior paint scheme only.
This package featured the Autobot emblem on the wheel caps, on interior center console, transformers ghost logo was embedded with black center rally stripes on side fenders. This car resembles the Bumblebee Chevrolet Camaro from the 2007 movie. An approximate of 1916 cars were produced with this package equipped.
Chevrolet Camaro Synergy Special Edition
The Synergy Special Edition was unveiled on January, 2010. This was based on the Synergy Concept Camaro unveiled at the 2009 SEMA event.
The production Chevrolet Camaro Synergy Special Edition was based on the Chevrolet Camaro 1LT and 2LT models. This car was finished in a limited Synergy Green color scheme just as the concept car did.
However, many features of the concept car did not come on the production version such as the high wing rear spoiler, ground effect kit, and the 21-inch black-painted wheels.
The production variant came with Cyber Grey Rally stripes from the hood to rear deck, a standard rear spoiler from the RS and SS packages, 19-inch Sterling Silver wheels, a sunroof, and backup radar.
The interior featured the Synergy Green instrument panel and door inserts with green ambient lighting running along door panels, Jet Black fabric seats with Synergy Green stitching, Synergy Green stitching on steering wheel, shift knob housing, and center console.
Paddle shifters and remote vehicle startup were included as standard for the automatic gear box.
RS package couldn’t be combined with this package, because this package already included several features of the RS package.
A limited production run of the Synergy Special Edition happened from February 2010 to May 2010. A total of 2425 cars were sold.
2010 Chevrolet Camaro Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Special Edition
In April 2010, GM and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced limited production of the Pace Car edition. These cars were styled to mimic the 2010 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car.
This production variant was based on the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 and an automatic transmission system. The exterior was finished in Inferno Orange with White Diamond rally stripes running from the front to the rear of the entire car. Passenger side and driver side doors featured logos of the Indianapolis 500 Speedway with special badging placed underneath the front quarter panels of the Camaro nameplate.
Inferno orange interior trim kit, special stitching on the headrests instead of the SS stitching are also included and exclusive to this package.
A heritage grille, an Inferno Orange trimmed engine cover were also standard.
Only 294 cars were created and most of these were equipped with automatic transmission units. Fifty out of these were sent to the Indianapolis 500 event as festival cars which could be seen during the Pole day prior to the event, bearing a license plate reflecting its number from 1 to 50.
199 cars were sold to the US market while 45 were sold in Canadian market.
Production of the Camaro was temporarily halted to produced 294 Indianapolis 500 variants. After these cars were produced the production resumed.
2010 model year Chevrolet Camaro 2SS Indy 500 Pace Car, internally known as the Camaro Z4Z, is the lowest production number for a Pace Car variant of the Camara has been made available to the public since its debut at the 1967 Indianapolis 500 event.
SLP Performance Special Edition
The SLP Performance ZL550 and ZL575 were limited production variants based on the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS, built by SLP Performance.
SLP Performance created a special variant of the Z28 called Z28 SS in the previous generation as well.
The ZL550 featured a supercharger attached to the stock 6.2-liter V8, delivering 550 horsepower instead of the 426 horsepower of the stock. This engine was then mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It is optional to modify the gear ratio to 3.45.
The ZL550 variant was equipped with 20 inch five spoke red line machined spoke wheels with ZL center caps, heritage style SS badges on the front grill and the rear panel, ZL550 exterior badges, 1-250 numbered plaque on the dashboard and numbered key fobs.
This car also came equipped with an axle-back exhaust system with unique tips, cold air induction system, a tweaked suspension lowered the front by one inch and rear by 0.8 inch, a RTM hood with a functional heat extractor, etc.
The ZL575 was also equipped with the same 6.2-liter V8 engine mated to the same supercharger unit as the ZL550. However, this engine is then mated to a manual transmission unit, delivering 575 horsepower. This manual transmission was the same unit found in ordinary Camaro, but upgraded to handle the increased power output. It was also optionally available to install the clutch off of a Corvette ZR1 for more sportier gear changes.
Brembo brake package was optionally available for both ZL550 and ZL575.
The Chevrolet Camaro styling special is a variant of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro LT, RS, and SS/RS variants, and available exclusively for the Japan market.
This variant features unique rally stripes, front grille, and door sill plates.
GM sold 61,648 Chevrolet Camaro units in the 2009. This was more than they were expected to sell especially considering the fact that the sales didn’t begin until April 2009.
2010 Chevrolet Camaro SSX
The Chevrolet Camaro SSX was unveiled at the 2010 SEMA show as a concept car based on the Chevrolet Camaro SS. This was a closed course track-focused car, built to showcase the upcoming GM performance parts and customizability possibilities.
Pratt and Miller, Chevrolet’s, main partner in Corvette racing program, and Riley Technologies gave a hand in developing this variant using parts proven in the Grand-Am racing series.
The stock Chevrolet Camaro SS received a hood, fenders, door and boot lid made out of carbon fiber to save weight. Exposed carbon fiber front splitter, rockers and adjustable rear wing, a unique lower grille, and brake ducts were also added to further save weight.
Sound insulation material, rear seats, carpeting were also removed.
This car received a new white metallic paint job with red accents and special door graphics to make it look more unique.
To make it comply with SCCA regulations, a roll cage along with a window net, racing pedals, fire suppression system, racing fuel cell, an onboard camera system mounted on the roll cage, driver’s seat with five-point harness were added.
The 6.2-liter LS3 V8 was improved with a new camshaft, cylinder heads, lower restriction air induction and exhaust systems, and a dry-sump oiling system.
The six-speed manual gearbox was now equipped with a Corvette-derived twin-disc clutch.
Four-wheel disc racing brakes with six-piston front and four pistons in the rear brake calipers with drilled and slotted rotors were added as standard to improve overall braking.
The suspension was lowered and upgraded to improve handling, and 20-inch racing wheels and tires were also included as standard.
SEMA Award for the Hottest Car and the Gran Turismo Award for the Best Domestic category was won by this car.
Total production of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro was 81,299 units.
2011 Chevrolet Camaro
The 2011 model year experienced some significant changes.
The base V6 engine now delivered 312 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque.
The Synergy Green color from the 2010 Synergy Special Edition was now available on all trim variants for the 2011 model year.
A head-up display with most of the instrument panel’s information was also offered. This head-up display (HUD) was a modified version of the system in Chevrolet Corvette. The Corvette is capable of displaying lateral G forces while this wasn’t available on the Camaro, was the biggest difference between two systems.
Production of the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible began on January 31, 2011 and was available in showrooms in February.
Chevrolet Camaro Convertible was available in both base and SS variants.
These convertibles were equipped with either a V6 or a V8 (for SS) engines. The available transmission units were a Tremec TR 6060 six-speed manual or a Hydra Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic transmission unit.
2011 Neiman Marcus Edition Camaro Convertible
On October 19, 2010, orders of the Neiman Marcus Edition Camaro Convertible were made available through Neiman Marcus department stores. It was sold out within 3 minutes becoming one of the quickest selling special edition GM-made vehicles ever.
A limited production of 75 units happened and deliveries began in early 2011.
This variant was powered by the 6.2-liter V8 engine and either a manual or an automatic transmission was available.
This car received a unique tri-coat exterior paint job known as the Deep Bourdeaux with ghosted rally stripes across the hood to the rear deck along with a separate Silver painted windshield surround.
The interior was done in two-toned leather trim, front and rear black leather seats with Amber accents, Brilliant Red stitching on the center console, steering wheel, and shift knob.
21 inch five-spoke wheels featuring red stripes wrapped with Pirelli P-Zero tires were also included as standard.
This was the only factory-built Chevrolet Camaro to come with a different windshield surround other than the produced body color.
2011 Synergy Series Chevrolet Camaro
The production 2011 Synergy Series Camaro was first unveiled at the 2009 SEMA event as a concept car known as the Camaro Chroma.
Camaro Chroma was a display of the possibilities to customize the Camaro using yet to unveil and already available GM parts.
This Camaro Chroma concept evolved in to the 2010 Synergy Series concept, now featuring a Cyber Gray Metallic paint job, which was unveiled at the 2010 SEMA event.
At the same event, it was announced that the GM is going to unveil the production variant of the Synergy Series for the 2011 model year.
On 5th May, 2011, it was made possible to order this special edition car as an appearance package exclusively for the RS equipped 2LT and 2SS variants in either coupe or convertible body styles.
The only available exterior body colors were either Victory Red, Summit White, or black.
Upon ordering the Synergy Series Chevrolet Camaro, the customer then had the option to choose in between two different packages.
Option One: RPO AJA
Silver stripe Yenko inspired decals on the hood, rear deck, and side gills were added to make the car look more unique.
This package featured red interior stitching on gray leather-appointed interior seats, center console, steering wheel, shifter boot and knob, and armrests on the doors.
A switchblade silver interior trim kit on the dashboard and door panels with accented red ambient light piping running along the door trim, footwells, and cup holders.
Body-colored ground effects, heritage grille, a blade spoiler, and antenna were also included.
A red engine cover and red-colored Brembo brake calipers were also added as standard.
Option Two: RPO AJB
All the content from Option One (RPO AJA) is also available for this package along with dealer installed 21 inch wide five-spoke alloy wheels with Blade Silver inserts and Red Flange stripes along the edge of the wheels.
Synergy Series Edition Chevrolet Camaro was supposed to be limited to just 500 units for the 2011 model year, but only 400 were ordered.
Chevrolet also decided to unveil at least two new special editions of Chevrolet Camaro every year under the Synergy Series.
2011 XM Accessory Appearance Package
The XM Accessory Appearance package was unveiled at the 2010 SEMA event as an appearance package available exclusively for the 1LT variant.
Pre-ordering started on February 17, 2011 until the end of the 2011 model year.
The only color options available were Black, Cyber Gray Metallic, and Imperial blue metallic.
A body-color heritage grille, Silver stripe running along the side of the Camaro, RS derived rear spoiler was included as standard.
12-month free trial subscription to the XM Satellite Radio was also available with this package.
21-inch five-spoke polished aluminum alloy wheels was also added to improve handling.
Total production for the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro was 88,299 units.
2011 Concept cars
2011 COPO Camaro Stock Eliminator Concept
This COPO Camaro Concept is a factory-built Stock Eliminator race car and is the modern-day interpretation of the 1969 special order COPO Camaro car.
The COPO Stock Eliminator Chevrolet Camaro could be equipped with either a 7.0-liter LS7 V8 or a 5.3-liter LS9 V8.
The transmission options were either one of these. A two speed Powerglide automatic transmission, a three-speed automatic, or a five-speed manual.
This car also came fitted with a high-rise cowl induction hood, a custom Aeromotive fuel system with a fuel cell and integral high pressure fuel pump as standard.
The suspension system is featuring a custom rear suspension based on NHRA requirements with Strange engineering shocks, Panhard bar and a stabilizer bar. Coil-over front suspension with adjustable struts.
It also came equipped with Strange Engineering S9 solid rear axle featuring an aluminum third member, 35 spline spool, 35 spline axles, and a 4.10 gear ratio.
The wheels are COPO specific racing wheels wrapped in 29×9 inch rear radial racing slicks and 4.5x28x15 inch front tires.
The steering was a manual system without any computer wizardry, Strange Engineering lightweight racing brakes system with standard line lock, two racing bucket sears instead of the stock and the negation of the rear seats and a five-point SCCA approved harness for the driver, a competition floor attached shifter and Chevrolet Performance gauges as standard.
2011 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Concept
This was a concept vehicle based on the Chevrolet Camaro SS equipped with a Tremec TR 6060 six-speed manual gearbox.
The exterior paint job and color scheme was inspired by the Custom Camaro 1/64 scale model released by the original Hot Wheels collection released in 1968.
The concept car was designed by the Hot Wheels Design Studio and General Motors Design Studio in Michigan.
The exterior was finished in Chrome Green body-color with ghosted Hot Wheels logo on the quarter panels. This body color was created using Gold Touch Inc’s Cosmichrome product.
The ground effects components such as the splitter, rocker, and rear fascia side extensions were done in satin black. Satin black wheels with milled face and torch red stripes, ZL1 derived grille with Hot Wheels badges on it, Hot Wheels badges on the rear deck lid, Euro-style tail lamps with inner smoked lens, Euro-style rear fascia with new diffuser and exhaust bezels, ZL1 derived rear spoiler, 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 go decals, black leather-wrapped IP and door inserts with Torch Red accents, and cut and sew flames, Hot Wheels sill plates, Chevrolet accessories pedal kit, black engine cover, Chevrolet Accessories exhaust system, Chevrolet accessories foot well and cup holder lightning were added to make the car look unique.
Brembo brakes with six-piston with two-piece rotors in the front and four-piston calipers to improve braking and handling along with suspension lowering kit by Pedder’s, and Chevrolet Accessories strut tower brace. 20×10 inch wheels in the front and 20×11 inch in the rear was also added.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro Red Zone Concept
The Chevrolet Camaro Red Zone concept was designed by Adam Barry.
This car features silver heritage stripes, 21×8.5-inch silver polished wheels by Chevrolet Accessories, Chevrolet Accessories body accent grille and convertible wind screen, black convertible tonneau cover, titanium leather interior with silver ice accents, Chevrolet accessories Silver Ice door and instrument panel insets, Chevrolet accessories black soft instrument panel insert, concept RS under hood liner, concept polished strut tower brace and a lowering kit by Pedder’s, etc.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro Synergy Series Concept
The Chevrolet Camaro Synergy Series Concept is based on the Chevrolet Camaro SS. The exterior was done in Silver Ice paint color with black Synergy stripes on the hood and on the deck lid, along with the mail slot decals with red line inserts.
A Synergy grill decals, removal of all the SS and RS badges, Chevrolet Accessories body-color ground effects and grille, a red engine cover by Chevrolet Accessories, Concept SS under-hood liner, Concept polished strut tower brace were included to make the car unique.
Interior featured a black leather interior with red accent stitching on seats, console, door trim, steering wheel, and shifter boot housing. Head restraints featured SS logo with red outline. Chevrolet accessories pedal kit was also added as standard.
Hurst short-throw shifter replaced the stock transmission unit to improve performance.
21-inch alloy wheels finished in black with red stripes by Chevrolet accessories, Pedders suspension lowering kit, and red Brembo brake calipers were added to improve overall handling and performance.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Concept
The Chevrolet Camaro 1LE concept is based on the Chevrolet Camaro SS and features mechanical and aesthetic components of both Camaro SS and forthcoming Camaro ZL1.
The Chevrolet Camaro 1LE concept car was finished in Victory Red color, flat black hood, and hash mark extensions.
The front splitter, rocker panels, rear spoiler, and outside mirrors were painted in satin black.
Sport suspension featured Magnetic ride control, electric power steering, 20×10 inch front and 20×11 rear satin black racing wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G asymmetrical tires derived from the forthcoming ZL1. Brembo six-piston front calipers with two-piece front rotors, and four-piston rear calipers were also included.
Dual exhaust outlets with ZL1 style active exhaust and diffuser, shock tower brace was also included.
Interior was done in black leather 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.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Carbon Concept
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Carbon concept was based on the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 with an Ashen Grey body color along with exposed weave carbon fiber mohawk hood inserts, carbon fiber rear spoiler with stainless steel wicker bill, carbon fiber inserts on the interior door and instrument panel.
The suspension was updated and featured Magnetic Ride control. Brembo six-piston front calipers with two-piece rotors in the front and four-piston rear calipers to improve overall handling and braking.
The interior was done in Jet Black leather with suede microfiber seat inserts and Torch Red stitching.
The ZL1 derived short-throw shifter with suede and carbon fiber trimmed shift knob and Suede trimmed flat-bottom steering wheel and ZL1 pedals.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro
For the 2012 model year, Chevrolet unveiled the ZL1 variant of the Chevrolet Camaro at the 2011 Chicago auto show.
ZL1 is a high-performance variant of the Chevrolet Camaro SS and features more than 30% of the mechanical parts which are exclusive to the model.
The car came equipped with a 6.2-liter (376 cu) LSA V8 engine with a 1.9-liter (120 cu) supercharger producing 7psi maximum boost pressure, delivering 580 horsepower at 6600rpm and 556 lb-ft at 4200rpm. An additional cooler are provided to deal with the excess heat generation of the engine. The engine is also fitted with the same oil to oil coolant heat exchange unit used in the Corvette ZR1. The ZL1 has a deeper oil pan, a longer pickup, and a higher capacity pump than the SS.
This engine is then mated to a six-speed TR 6060 manual gearbox or a 6L90 automatic transmission unit. The manual transmission unit has a stronger output shaft and a more robust rear housing and an additional main shaft roller bearing to provide 30 percent more torque capacity than the automatic unit used in Chevrolet Camaro SS.
A revised linkage and triple synchro in some gears to improve the shift quality. A new dual-mass flywheel is also bolted to a high-capacity twin-disc clutch.
The automatic transmission unit featured an additional clutch plates, a stronger output shaft and is programmed with three operating modes known as the Drive, Sport, or Manual. Transmission fluid circulates through the heat exchanger and through the radiator to keep operating temperatures under 38 degrees Celsius (100 Fahrenheit) .
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 also comes with a Magnetic ride suspension system and a performance traction management system. This improves the overall handling of the car. The rear axle of the car includes a high-capacity cast-iron case differential, large asymmetrical half-shafts, and extra heavy-duty universal joints. An oil-to-oil heat exchanger built in to the bottom of the differential to keep the lubricant temperature under control.
Damping is provided by Magnetic ride control units. This system can sense the need for a damping correction 1000 times per second and makes necessary changes in only five milliseconds.
Performance Traction Management was originally designed and developed for the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. This system modulates the engine torque for optimum launch performance in manual transmission-equipped Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 cars. It also varies the traction control and suspension damping as necessary for racing on different surfaces such as the wet, dry, and also for sporty handling with or without stability control and for race driving conditions.
Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers with two-piece rotors at the front and four-piston calipers at the rear, a duct system to provide cool air from the grille to the heavy-duty rotors were also added as standard, to improve braking and braking efficiency.
20-inch forge aluminum wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires were also standard.
In the fall of 2011, a production version of the 2012 model year Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ran the Nürburgring in seven minutes and 41.27 seconds, putting it in the same class as much more expensive Porsche 911 Turbo S, Lamborghini Murciélago LP640, and the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG.
The production figures of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the 2012 model year were only 1971 units.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro 2LS
The Chevrolet Camaro 2LS was unveiled in 2012. It was designed in a way to provide better fuel economy using a slightly different gear ratio. It doesn’t feature a Sport Mode and instead of it, the vehicle goes into Electronic Range Select (2LS). This system allows the driver to choose the highest gear that the transmission will shift into.
The Camaro 2LS also features the trim similar to the original LS.
Chevrolet Camaro 2LS was available in both manual and automatic transmissions as well as an optional six-speed automatic with paddle shifts. The paddles shifters are provided on both sides of the steering wheel.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro RS
Changes to the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro included the new standard 3.6-liter direct injection LFX V6 engine, delivering 323 horsepower. This engine replaced the earlier V6 engine.
A new suspension package was also unveiled exclusively for the SS coupe. This package was known as the FE4, and included a retuned front and rear dampers, new solid front and rear stabilizer bars, 20-inch aluminum wheels with Pirelli tires,
A new steering wheel design with improved ergonomics, a revised instrument panel, a power lift feature for the front passenger seat, a rear vision package with a rear-view camera system and an auto dimming mirror to the existing rear park assist feature, a new rear spoiler, tail lamps from the RS appearance package were now standard for all Chevrolet Camaro variants.
A new exterior color, Crystal Red Tint coat paint option replaced the Red Jewel.
RS package received a new shark fin style antenna.
2012 model year saw the 45th anniversary of the Chevrolet Camaro. To commemorate this, a new 45th Anniversary Special Edition was unveiled.
2012 – 2013 Chevrolet Camaro COPO
The Chevrolet Camaro COPO is a limited production variant of the Chevrolet Camaro. It was designed specifically to comply with NHRA requirements to compete in NHRA Stock Eliminator and Super Stock classes.
The engine options were as follows.
A 7.0-liter LS7 V8, a 5.3-liter LSX V8, or a 2.9-liter V8 with a supercharger or a 5.3-liter LSX V8 engine mated to a 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger.
A Powerglide automatic transmission is standard without any optional transmission units.
A solid rear axle, a competition floor shifter, Chevrolet Performance gauges were also standard.
Bogart racing wheels and Hoosier racing tires were also included as standard.
The sound deadening equipment, power mirrors, power windows, and many creature comforts were removed to save weight.
To comply with NHRA standards, a full chrome-moly roll cage, two racing bucket seats, five-point safety harness for the driver were also added.
The only available color options were Flat Black, Victory Red, Silver Ice Metallic, Ashen Gray Metallic, and Summit White.
COPO graphics package includes color from the concept vehicle, but in Metallic white, Semi-gloss black, Inferno Orange metallic, and Chevy racing blue.
A Collector’s Package was introduced for serious hardcore motor racing fans to allow competing in various classes.
Collector’s Package includes the car and all three COPO racing engines with matching serial numbers to the car. One is installed at the time of delivery.
Only a total of sixty-seven COPO Camaro Coupes were ever made.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Convertible
The Chevrolet Camaro COPO Convertible is a convertible variant of the 2012 model year Chevrolet Camaro COPO.
It came equipped with an LSX 5.3-liter V8 mated to a 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger, delivering 550 horsepower.
A Turbo 400 three-speed automatic transmission unit was added as standard.
The body color was either black or Inferno orange metallic. Additional custom graphics and special interior trim were also included.
Only two cars were made and numbered 68 and 69.
The “69” car was unveiled at the 2012 SEMA show and was kept at the GM Heritage Center afterward until it was sold at the 2013 Barrett Jackson Scottsdale Auction in an American Heart Association charity lot for $400,000.
Engines for the Chevrolet Camaro COPO and Chevrolet Camaro COPO Convertible were assembled at the Performance Build Center allocated for GM Canada.
The COPO Camaro cars 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.
The total production of COPO Camaro cars is 69. 67 coupes and 2 convertibles.
43 were equipped with the naturally aspirated 7.0-liter (427 cu) V8 engine, 20 cars were equipped with the supercharged 4.0-liter (327 cu) engine, six cars were equipped with the 2.9-liter supercharged engine. Eight customers ordered the Collector’s Edition.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro Special Variants
45th Anniversary Chevrolet Camaro
The 45th Anniversary Chevrolet Camaro was based on the 2LT and 2SS variants and available in both convertible and coupe body styles.
These cars also feature a Carbon Flash Metallic paint job with unique red and silver rally stripes on the hood and deck. Unique badges also located between the front fender emblems.
All new 20-inch dark silver color alloy wheels, fog lamps, tail lamp bezels finished in dark silver, RS style tail lamp lenses, standard rear spoiler, standard head in display (HID) headlamps were also included.
The interior featured a Jet-Black trim and leather-trimmed seats featuring the 45th Anniversary logo. The seats, steering wheel, shift knob housing, console lid, door armrests were done in red, white, and blue stitching sporting the 45th Anniversary logo.
The instrument panel was white and door trim inserts were featuring the 45th-anniversary logo on the instrument panel.
The total production of the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro was 84,391.
2013 Chevrolet Camaro
For the 2013 model year, the 1LE performance package was introduced.
The Chevrolet MyLink and color touch navigation were made available. Hill-start assist along with ZL1 style shift knob was now standard on all manual transmission-equipped cars. 1LT and SS variants equipped with an automatic transmission were equipped with remote vehicle start as standard.
Mojave leather interior upholstery and Blue-ray metallic exterior color were also introduced for the first time alongside new 18-inch and 20-inch wheels.
The 1LE performance package was offered on 1SS and 2SS coupe variants includes an exclusive Tremec TR 6060 six-speed manual transmission unit with a standard air to the liquid cooling system. A limited-slip differential with 3.91 gear ratio, exclusive monotube rear dampers, 27mm solid front stabilizer bar, 28mm solid rear stabilizer bar, higher-capacity rear axle shafts, strut tower brace, ZL1 derived 20×10 inch front and 20×11 rear aluminum wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle Supercar G2 tires, ZL1 wheel bearings, toe links and rear shock mounts, ZL1 derived high-capacity fuel pump and additional fuel pickups.
To make the 1LE equipped 1SS and 2SS cars look more unique, a matte black hood, ZL1 flat-bottom steering wheel finished in suede microfiber, short-throw shifter from the ZL1 trimmed in suede microfiber were included.
The RS package was available for the LT and SS models. RS package added 20-inch wheels, body-color roof moldings, an antenna, and high-intensity discharge headlamps.
SS variants now included variable effort electric power steering as standard. Optional ZL1 derived dual-mode exhaust system for the manual transmission-equipped cars, and optional ZL1 derived Recaro bucket seats were also available for the SS.
2013 model year Chevrolet Camaro Concept Cars
2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series Car
The 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series Car was unveiled at the NASCAR Series Practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
This special edition coupe came with a unique power bulge hood, a deeply recessed grille from the production Camaro, unique halo light rings, dual-port grille appearances, and the gold bowtie.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro Smoke Concept
Chevrolet created a special variant of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe, which was designed by Chevrolet Design head Dave Ross for NASCAR driver Tony Stewart.
This car featured a custom gray metallic paint job accented with tribal and Smoke graphics in flat red and silver pinstripes.
The headlamp lenses were tinted and the headlights came equipped with red halo ring lights.
The interior was done in Jet Black leather seats with suede inserts and scarlet accent stitching, and Tony Stewart signature embroidered on the seats, suede leather door panel inserts, instrument panel wrapped with laser-etched details, jet Black suede leather-wrapped steering wheel with scarlet accent stitching, Jet Black leather door armrests with French stitching and white piping, Piano Black trim plates and a custom gauge cluster bezel.
The wheels were custom design and featured Piano Black finish with red accents.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Touring Convertible Concept
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Touring Convertible concept was based on the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 convertible. The exterior featured a green paint job, windshield header frame, tail lamp bezels, exterior badges with liquid metal finish, matte black splitter and rockers, matte black upper fascia blackout, polished shock tower brace under the hood, ten-spoke Chevrolet Accessories wheels with a liquid metal finish and mille faces.
The interior was done in Mojave perforated leather door inserts with light Mojave stitching, the armrests were Mojave leather-wrapped, leather shift knob and console lid with Mojave stitching, Chevrolet Accessories Ice Blue interior lightning kit etc.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro Performance V8 Concept
This concept car was based on the Chevrolet Camaro SS. This car is equipped with a ZL1 rear differential kit, shock tower brace with white Camaro graphics, 5.1 gear ratio short-throw shifter, 1LE suspension kit, ZL1 brake conversion kit, concept dual-mode exhaust system, ZL1 rockers and rear lower diffuser, Camaro Dusk front splitter, Chevrolet Accessories rear spoiler, Chevrolet Accessories 20×10 inch front and 20×100 inch rear five-spoke wheels with polished fangs.
Upper front fascia blackout graphic, heritage grille, hood, and deck lid featuring red metallic graphics, ZL1 black suede seat inserts with Jet Black seats, torch red stitching and carbon fiber material bolsters, red suede stripes on the driver’s seatback, ZL1 flat-bottom steering wheel with carbon-fiber trim, ZL1 suede leather shift knob with 5.1 badges, leather carbon fiber material wrapped instrument panel and door inserts, suede-wrapped soft instrument panel insert, Chevrolet Accessories lighting package, Chevrolet Accessories pedal kit, embroidered console lid, and sill plates, and RS gauge package were added to make the interior feel more unique.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro Performance V6 Concept
This concept is equipped with a 3.6-liter LFX V6 engine, delivering 23 horsepower.
A ZL1 brake conversion kit, 1LE suspension kit, 1LE rear differential kit, Chevrolet Performance shock tower brace, ZL1 dual-mode exhaust system, and rear diffuser were added to improve overall performance.
Summit White paint job, matte black heritage grill, matte black Camaro Dusk front splitter, upper front fascia blackout graphic, matte black hood wrap with exposed Summit White stripe, Summit white door panel and instrument panel inserts, Chevrolet Accessories lighting package, Chevrolet Accessories pedal kit, Concept Chevrolet Performance embroidered console lid and sill plats, RS gauge package, Chevrolet Accessories 20×10 inch front and 20×11 rear ten-spoke black wheels with milled faces, Concept Chevrolet Performance logo on the instrument panel insert was added to make the car look unique.
2013 Giovanna Edition
The Chevrolet Camaro Giovanna Edition was unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon. This car was based on the Chevrolet Camaro LT RS and SS RS for the Japanese market.
This special edition was developed with the help of the Japanese journalist Kunitachi Kushima and the owner of the Cadillac/ Chevrolet dealership in Kunitachi Suburb of Tokyo.
These cars were painted in either Silver Ice Metallic, Black, Rally Yellow, or Summit White.
Original GT decal body stripes, Giovanna logo on the fuel cap, Chevrolet bow tie decal in the rear, Giovanna edition logos on the head rests and door sill plats, 20-inch aluminum Giovanna wheels, front SS or RS badges were included standard.
2013 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo Coupe
Chevrolet Camaro Turbo Coupe was unveiled at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. This is a concept car was inspired by the Dreamworks Turbo movie snail.
The lower rockers and fender flares in a wide-body design, a front splitter and a rear diffuser, a GT concept rear spoiler, custom front, and rear LED lighting with multicolor halo ring effect for the front, black body color with vinyl chrome wrap dark tinted to look like black chrome.
To improve performance, the V8 engine is now supercharged and mated to an automatic gearbox, along with a custom intake assembly for the supercharger housing, 2×2.5-inch diameter rear exhaust outlets, custom intake assembly for the supercharger, low hood pin system, and a custom COPO hood assembly.
The suspension also received custom adjustable coil-over strut assemblies for the front and custom adjustable rear springs and shock assemblies for the rear. 24×10 inch front wheels and 24×15 rear wheels were of custom offset design.
2013 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Special edition
Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Special Edition is a special variant of the Chevrolet Camaro 2SS, and 2LT coupe and convertible cars. This was unveiled at the 2012 SEMA show and again in the 2013 Indianapolis 500. Production started in early 2013.
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 appearance package is also included for this car as well. This ZL1 appearance package provides a ZL1 rear spoiler for coupe models, ZL1 front upper grille, ground effects package including the front splitter and rocker treatment.
Black 21-inch wheels with red outline stripes are also included.
These cars were finished in Kinetic Blue metallic body color, two-tone matte hood graphic and rear tail light panel blackout graphics, fender flame graphics, hot wheels grille and deck lid logos, dragon flames, hot wheels style flame decal on each rear quarter panel, hot wheels edition sill plates, black leather interior with red and black seat stitching with Hot wheels logo embroidered on the front seats to make the car look unique.
There were only 10 units allocated to the Japanese market. All the Japanese cars were equipped with LFX V6 engines.
2013 Chevrolet Camaro COPO
This is a limited production high performance variant of the Chevrolet Camaro factory drag racing cars, specifically built to compete in NHRA Stock Eliminator classes.
Just like it did in the previous year, there were three engine choices.
A 5.6-liter (350 cu) engine delivering 325 horsepower, a 6.6-liter (396 cu) engine delivering 375 horsepower, or a 7.0-liter (427 cu) LS7 V8 delivering 425 horsepower. All the engines now come equipped with a fuel injection system, Holley HP EFI electronic control unit with self-tuning fuel table strategies and data logging as an engine management system, and a Holley Hi-Ram intake manifold.
A new manual gearbox or Powerglide automatic transmission was available to choose from. The transmission cooler is integrated into a radiator.
The rear axle gearing optimized for each vehicle depending on the engine and the transmission.
The suspension setup now features revised front springs to improve handling, a unique solid rear axle system instead of the stock independent rear axle, lightweight Bogart racing wheels wrapped in Hoosier racing tires, etc.
To comply with NHRA regulations, an NHRA approved roll cage and other safety equipment were added as standard.
To make the car look more unique, a heritage grille and standard production headlamps, new exterior graphics choices with engine size call out.
The only available colors were Black, Summit White, Victory Red, Silver Ice Metallic, and Ashen Gray Metallic.
The vehicle is sold without a Vehicle Identification Number, therefore cannot be used on public roads.
Collector’s Package includes all the three COPO racing engines with matching serial numbers with the car, one is installed when delivered.
The Chevrolet Camaro COPO total production was now 69 units.
The total production of was Chevrolet Camaro for the 2013 model year was as follows.
The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro arrived at dealerships in the fall of 2013.
The 2014 model year Chevrolet Camaro received a complete redesign to the front and rear end, including all-new headlamps and tail light assembly. This resulted in wider, lower, and more aggressive appearance.
The front fascia features a wider lower opening as well as a narrower upper opening while updating the appearance of the iconic halo ring HID headlamps on the Chevrolet Camaro RS package.
Camaro SS variant received a functional hood vent.
Optional Recaro seats with suede micro fiber inserts were now available for both SS and ZL1 packages.
The head-up display and driver information center was now in a color display for the 2LT, 2SS, and ZL1 models.
Chevrolet announced that the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 was expected to appear at track events across the US in spring 2014.
European spec Chevrolet Camaro convertible and coupe were now equipped with a new MyLink connected radio as standard.
Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 coupe was unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show, followed by the unveiling of the convertible at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is a high-performance variant of the Chevrolet Camaro SS and was now featured with a full aerodynamic package specifically designed for optimum performance during track racing.
This car featured a large splitter connected to an underbody panel, fender flares over the front and rear wheels, extended rocker panels, a redesigned rear spoiler, and a functional diffuser.
To make the car more unique, interior trim was finished in matte metallic Octane finish, a flat-bottom steering wheel, Recaro racing seats with microfiber suede inserts and manual adjustment, elimination of the back seats and sear back pass through and placing the rigid structure of the seat back and steel mesh of the seat bottom with a high-density foam.
Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 was equipped with a 7.0-liter (427 cu) LS7 V8 engine which was co-developed with the Corvette engineering team. A racing-style air induction system with a large K&N air filter, standard dual-mode exhaust system with larger diameter pipes were included as standard.
A Tremec TR 6060 six-speed manual transmission with a limited-slip differential and a helical gear set was then mated to the engine.
19-inch racing style alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R305/30ZR19 tires were now standard.
Brembo carbon ceramic-matrix disc brakes, Mutlimatic DSSV spool valve dampers, Monoblock calipers with six pistons in the front and four in the rear were standard.
To keep weight down, air conditioning unit, HID headlamps, fog lights, the sound deadening and carpets in the trunk were removed along with the tire inflating kit.
The LN4 standard battery was replaced with an LN3 battery.
The rear glass panel was now having a gauge of 3.2mm instead of the stock 3.5mm.
0-60mph was now under four seconds and the top speed was 172mph.
Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 was the Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car for 2014, winning over serious competition from the likes of Alfa Romeo 4C, BMW i8, BMW M4, and Nissan GTR Nismo.
Total production for the 2014 model year was 86,297 units.