• Feb 14, 2011
2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – Click above for hih-res image gallery

You think there were a lot of special editions of the Bugatti Veyron? The Europeans ain't got nothin' on muscle cars when it comes to low-volume derivatives. And for its part, Chevrolet doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon. Just the opposite, in fact... at least, that is, according to the latest reports.

Word has it that Chevy is planning on rolling out a new special edition Camaro every six months for – hold on while we take out our trusty old Autoblog abacus – two each year! The new ZL1 that debuted in Chicago is said to be the first in a long line that is expected to be followed by a new Transformers edition for the upcoming sequel Dark of the Moon. After that we should see run of 500 replicas of the Camaro SS Convertible that's set to pace the Indianapolis 500, and then a limited-edition Camaro Synergy that'll offer buyers a V6 with all the performance bits you'd expect from the V8.

If the reports prove accurate, that ought to take us through the end of next year. Beyond that, Chevrolet reportedly plans on tapping in to other historic Camaro variants for future specials. Have a thought or two on the subject? Tell us what special Camaro you'd like to see next – you never know who might be listening.



[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      "Special edition" has become an oxymoron. Automakers spam us with seemingly hundreds of "special editions", to the point where they're just not special anymore.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have no interest in this version of the Camaro. It's great they're selling well but I'll wait for the new alpha platform car.

      I've got a feeling its gonna be an absolute beast and give the Mustang a run for its money.

      I'm also wondering what Ford has planned for the new Mustang.

      Ahhh... competition. We all win!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can see it now..."I want a Camaro. I'll get the special edition. But what if I like the next special edition better? What if it's worse? How do I know which special edition I want? What about next years special edition? Screw it. I'll buy a Mustang." This is a terrible marketing plan. Just release one or two special editions (Z28, ZL1), then maybe change it up in a year. Too much potential for buyers remorse.
      • 3 Years Ago
      And the Chevy fan boys bitched about so many spc. edition Mustang's , well have at it GM.
      Your late to the show again .
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a suggestion, how about a special edition with a decent interior.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A new edition every 6 months!?

      "A fool and his money are soon parted." - G.M. Marketing
        • 3 Years Ago
        How many Zonda variants are there?

        This is smart marketing. Everybody wants the newest sports car, and nobody wants yesterday's car, so putting the Camaro on a 6-month "special edition" schedule is the perfect way to keep things fresh and the cars moving.

        Clearly, GM has geared up for a serious horsepower & performance war in the ponycar segment. Gauntlet's down, so let's see how Ford & Dodge step up!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Makes me wonder how many of these "special editions" will come out before the platform moves to the ATS-sized one.

      Though I'm not a fan of the "sticker packages", I suppose this is a way of maintaining interest in the model - which presumably is better in the long run than dumping cash on the hood.

      So here's hoping that more packages like the ZL1 and Synergy come out vs. the "Indy Pace Car" package...
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about a special 'Light' edition? Aluminum (or carbon) hood and trunk, sound insulation removed, and more - to get it about 2-300lbs lighter than the std car. With a turbo version of the 3.6.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You can get one now (hood, trunk, and roof are already aluminum). It's made by Hurst and it costs $50k. Oh and it puts out the same RWHP as the LS3. So ya. Or you could take the money for the Hurst and add a supercharger, and long tubes and pump out 600 RWHP and not worry about weight! =D
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah and then call it a Z28,

        exactly what the Z28 needs to be: light weight, performance oriented turbo'd 6.

        Don't even make it a special edition, it should be a trim level.
        • 3 Years Ago
        And it would probably double the regular price. Would people still pay for it?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Definitely agree about the turbo.

        Don't want a noisy car but a focus on lightness would be a plus.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why does it need to be light? Only McDonalds eating 300lb Americans drive these things. Want it to be light, cut down on the super sizing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        No way would an aluminum hood and trunk and removing some sound deadening insulation gain you anywhere near 300 lbs. It probably wouldn't even get you 100 lbs.

        Lets all face it, this generation Camaro is a porker and nothing within reason (cost considerations) is going to really change that. It won't get the potential to see any real weight savings till it moves to the (smaller) ATS platform.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Don't get me wrong, I love what a turbo offers as far as potential....but NOT for this car, NO WAY. I've heard for some time about smaller displacement, direct injected V8's. The absolute best retro Camaro Z28 would have to be a direct injected, 302 cubic inch V8. If this could produce something more than 400Hp and they can lower the weight by 200-300 pounds....How is that not a winner?
      • 3 Years Ago
      It sounds like GM is trying to lure speculators, and make them guess which will become the most desirable edition to future collectors.

      But just because '60s muscle cars are popular with collectors now, does that mean this generation of muscle cars will be desirable to collectors in 2050?
        • 3 Years Ago
        We you have former cell phones CEOs run the company, it shouldn't be a surprise if they start market them like smartphones.

        "The new iCamaro 4 with double the (RAM) err.. Torque".
      • 3 Years Ago
      These just seem like band-aid solutions.

      If we can't fix the major issue of the platform (weight), then what about tuning the suspension.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They are fixing the current problem with the platform. The Zeta will he replaced by a much smaller platform that will underpin the upcoming ATS. That won't happen until probably 2014, though.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about a proper z28..
        • 3 Years Ago
        Like a stripped out, naturally aspirated V8 powered Boss 302 competitor?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Houndstooth interior with updated rally wheels. Hidden headlights would complete the package.
        • 3 Years Ago
        This is by far the sexiest car for the money...how about lowering that price and give back to the people who made this car a huge success!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ ZO,

        HA! YES!!!
        GMbandits
        • 3 Years Ago
        Something that reflects the current management might be nice. It looks like a ZL-1 on the outside and has a 4 cylinder under the hood. All flash with no performance!
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