• Apr 13, 2011
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General Motors has unveiled a special-edition Chevrolet Camaro to commemorate the pony car's 45th anniversary. The 2012 model will feature a unique graphics package that includes a special red stripe and badging along with imposing 20-inch wheels. The vehicle's lighting will also receive a few tweaks for the occasion, including dark-silver trim for the fog light and taillamp bezels. Inside, buyers will find a Jet Black leather interior with red, white and blue stitched seats adorned with a 45th anniversary logo. Special white gauges are nestled in the vehicle's dash, as well.

That's all well and good, but the biggest news is that 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 featured in the Camaro will now boast 323 horsepower – an 11 pony increase over last year. That nudge rather conveniently puts the V6 Camaro ahead of the V6-equipped Ford Mustang at 305 horsepower.

In addition to the celebratory anniversary model, The General plans to introduce a new FE4 suspension package just for the SS Coupe. Along with re-tuned dampers on all four corners, the vehicle will now see a solid 23-mm stabilizer bar up front and a 24-mm bar out back along with 20-inch aluminum wheels.

Of course, if that's not enough to wet your whistle, we probably don't need to remind you that the epic ZL1 will also touch down next year. Hit the jump for the full press blast.



[Source: General Motors]
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2012 Camaro: 45th Anniversary Edition Boosts Power, Comfort

Sports car brings new, more powerful V-6, sport suspension and new technologies

DETROIT – Chevrolet Camaro, America's most popular sports car, extends its momentum with enhancements for the 2012 model year. Highlights include an improved version of its standard 3.6L direct injection V-6 engine, a new FE4 performance suspension package for SS coupes and several interior and technology improvements, such as a revised instrument panel design, new steering wheel and rear camera system.

The enhancements arrive in time for Camaro's 45th birthday, which will be celebrated with this summer's release of the 45th Anniversary Special Edition Camaro. Continuing the tradition of Camaro anniversary models, the 45th Anniversary Special Edition carries all the upgrades for 2012, with additional unique design elements, inside and out.

"The appeal of Camaro design and performance has powered it to the top of its segment," said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. "For 2012, we're capitalizing on that momentum with enhancements to Camaro's performance and comfort."

Also coming in early 2012 is the high-performance Camaro ZL1, the most technologically advanced car ever developed in its segment.

Class-leading 3.6L V-6 engine

Camaro's new 3.6L direct injection V-6 – the LFX engine – goes into production this summer. It delivers an SAE-certified 323 horsepower (241 kW) at 6,800 rpm – an increase of 11 horsepower (8 kW) over the 2011 engine, with no compromise in fuel economy.

The LFX delivers the most standard power in the regular sports car segment. It is also 20.5 pounds (9.3 kg) lighter than its predecessor, which promotes a more balanced driving experience. EPA-estimated highway fuel economy for the '12 Camaro is 30 mpg (2LS model).

Compared to the 3.6L V-6 in 2011 models, the new LFX engine features:

New cylinder head design with integrated exhaust manifold
Improved intake port design and larger intake valves within the cylinder heads
Longer-duration intake camshafts
Composite intake manifold
New fuel pump and isolated fuel rail
New, optimized-flow fuel injectors
Structural front cover and cylinder block enhancements
Stronger and lighter-weight connecting rods
Camshaft cap and throttle body design enhancements.

Direct injection is the key technology enabling the engine's combination of power and efficiency. It optimizes fuel delivery to the combustion chamber by introducing fuel closer to the combustion chamber. The result is better efficiency in the combustion process leading to increased fuel efficiency at part and full throttle. It also uses a new fuel pump for the direct injection system, along with a new, isolated fuel rail. The new fuel pump is quieter, while the isolated fuel rail further reduces fuel system noise.

FE4 suspension enhances performance

The new FE4 suspension debuts as a performance improvement for the Camaro SS coupe in 2012, focusing on more refined handling.

"Our objective was to create a more precise sport suspension for the SS coupe, with greater road-holding capability," said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. "We applied lessons learned from extensive track testing to better refine the suspension geometry for flatter cornering, a more neutral balance during hard turns, and minimized understeer at the limit."

Elements of the FE4 package include:

Retuned front and rear dampers
New solid front (23 mm) and rear (24 mm) stabilizer bars
Twenty-inch aluminum wheels and P245/45R20 front/P275/40R20 rear tires (SS).

More than just new components, the new FE4 performance suspension incorporates learning from the ongoing development of the high-performance Camaro ZL1. In particular, the suspension geometry has been adjusted, including reshaped stabilizer bars that are repositioned outboard of the shock mounts. This results in more effective body control and more precise response in performance driving.

Interior, exterior and technology updates

The 2012 model year brings appearance, ergonomic and technology upgrades inside for Camaro drivers and passengers. The interior updates include a revised instrument panel appearance, with new instrument graphics and trim, as well as a new steering wheel design and a power lift feature for the front passenger seat. The steering wheel features a fresh new look and ergonomic improvements intended to support performance driving.

Also new for Camaro in 2012 is a Rear Vision Package, which adds a rearview camera system and an auto-dimming mirror to the existing Rear Park Assist feature. The rearview camera system complements the rear parking assist by providing a video display of the area behind the car, with the video image appearing in the car's inside rearview mirror.

On the exterior for 2012, a new rear spoiler will be added as a standard feature for Camaro; and the taillamps that had been a part of the RS appearance package option are also being made standard. Additionally, a new, body-color "sharkfin" antenna joins the RS package.
Crystal Red Tintcoat replaces Red Jewel as an exterior color.

45th Anniversary package details

Launching this summer, the 45th Anniversary Special Edition commemorates both Camaro's lineage and its 21st-century revival. Camaro fans will get their first look at the 45th Anniversary Special Edition at the Camaro5 Fest II, April 15 in Arizona. The anniversary package will be offered on Camaro's top two trim levels (2LT and 2SS) for both coupe and convertible body styles.

The exterior signature of the 45th Anniversary Special Edition is its unique rally stripe, in red and silver, that contrasts the Carbon Flash Metallic paint. The package also includes:

Unique 45th Anniversary hood and deck stripes; 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.


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      Jackie Chan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its a matter of personal opinion. Innovation comes with the Volt and other vehicles that GM puts out. The battle between the Mustang and Camaro is a war of opinions. You have to like what you drive and there is great points for both cars. Anyone can put money into a car and make it better! Get over the assumption that one is better than the other! It depends on the person who owns it. The car doesn't make the person, the person makes the car. I love the competition and find it interesting how egos get destroyed over a few opinion differences. Get over it and drive these cars! That's what they are built for.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This camaro isn't 45, it's 3. And it's not really even a camaro, it's a zeta coupe.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hopefully this will get Ford to direct inject the 3.7L in the mustang now...with a compression bump I'd imagine it could hit 330hp.

      Of course, an 11hp bump won't close the speed gap between the current camaro and mustang. I think it's a bit ridiculous that for $2000 you can get:

      Mustang V6 Performance Package:
      * Strut-tower brace
      * Larger front sway bar and SVT rear sway bar
      * Unique front springs
      * Unique front and rear calipers with performance friction pads
      * 19" painted aluminum wheels
      * 255/40R19 summer-only tires
      * Unique stability control calibration
      * Gloss black side mirrors
      * 3.31 rear-axle

      V6 Camaro RS Package:
      • 20" painted aluminum wheels1 in mystery-enhancing Midnight Silver, measuring 20" x 8" in front and 20" x 9" in rear.
      • High-intensity discharge headlamps, each ringed with an LED halo, giving your coupe the look of a living predator.
      • Body-color Roof ditch molding for a subtle but distinctive styling detail.
      • Unique taillamps with a unique darker appearance.
      • Rear spoiler for the LT, just like the SS, for the final sporty touch.

      Come on Chevy, you say the V6 is a real sports car (and it has the specs for it); why can't you make a true track-ready package for it? The mustang with the performance package will run circles around it, it's a shame.
      toddcamaroman
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Mustang is not like the Camaro in Anniversary condition: Mustang 320 HP V8 Damn it, it's a V8 or boost to 400 HP with a Supercharger!!! Seriously a Supercharger Camaro 323 HP. V6 a frigin V6 Read the descriptions, damn it!!!! If Shelby didn't come to the rescue mustang would be screwed!! But whatever all-American muscle P.S all I care about is Horsepower and looks not to say I hate the stang it's a nice car!!
        Lucixir
        • 1 Year Ago
        @toddcamaroman
        I am not sure where you are getting this completely wrong data from, but the Camaro doesn't hold a candle to the Mustang. Once again your specifications are completely wrong so let me correct in this post too, but I will also post the GT350/GT500 Series in this post, which will really blow your mind. Now about your MIS-quoted 2012 Mustang specifications, let me correct them for you: 2012 Mustang Base Model (V6) = 305 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 280 ft lb of torque @ 4,250 rpm 2012 GT Mustang(V8) = 412 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 390 ft lb of torque @ 4,250 rpm 2012 Boss 302(V8) = 444 hp @ 7,400 rpm; 380 ft lb of torque @ 4,500 rpm 2012 Mustang GT350 3 versions available = standard no supercharger@ 430HP, 525HP with supercharger or 624HP with Supercharger(Ford does not build this car, you order a plain white GT from Ford and have it shipped to Shelby American who modifies this car to a GT350, which is basically a stock GT modified with supercharge, 2.3L Whipple Supercharger. These are limited to only 350 built per year, which is why they are called GT350. 2012 Mustang Shelby GT500: standard 5.4L V8 = 550 HP, 2013 Model 5.8Lsupercharged = 662HP. This is the Ford direct production. There is also 2 modified versions of the Shelby's, the Supersnake 5.4L Supercharged 750 HP, optional bolt on with 800HP. Then you have the GT1000 mod GT500KR Supersnake, which is the supersnakes big bad brother, which boasts 1175HP. Clearly with the correct information you can appreciate what Ford has done with the Mustang compared to the Chevy Camaro or Dodge Chargers. Let me quote Top Speed's comment towards the Ford Mustang and all other manufacturers. "We have to apologize to the Chevrolet Camaro and the Dodge Charger, two of the Mustang’s most famous rivals. When it comes to the Mustang, both the Camaro and the Charger can definitely hold their own. But once you include Shelby into the mix, then all bets are most definitely off. Unless both models are tuned to high-heavens by an aftermarket company, then there’s no way the Camaro Z1 and the Charger SRT8 - both the most powerful models of their lines - can keep up with the Shelby GT500 Super Snake." I encourage you to learn more about the Ford Mustang and gather your own appreciation for the innovation they have introduced to American Muscle cars. I was never a Ford fan growing up but after owning my first Mustang I can say without a doubt I would never go back to any other type. They are a dream to drive and make no mistake about the performance and most importantly power, they have been masterpieces. With the correct information I think you can have a better appreciation towards the comparison you were trying to make originally. http://www.topspeed.com/cars/shelby/2012-ford-shelby-gt500-super-snake-ar107727.html
      toddcamaroman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Camaro V6- 323HP Mustang V8- 320 HP a frigin V8 With Supercharger 400 HP, a Supercharger are you serious Anyways all american muscle PS I only care about HP Not to say I don't like the mustang it's a nice car!!
        Lucixir
        • 1 Year Ago
        @toddcamaroman
        Todd, You are sadly mistaken for the above quoted specifications of the 2012 Ford Mustang. Like you, I was also a Camaro man throughout my youth, I owned an 89 IROC-Z which I really loved, 5.7L 345HP @3200 RPM which was very impressive at the time. Then the newer camaros came out which I was not a fan of the looks nor the power. I decided to get my first Mustang because I enjoyed the looks and the power I have heard about. My first Mustang was a 1997 Conv Base Model, which was a 3.8V6 with some Bolt-ons, pushing 185HP, manual. Few laters I stepped up to the GT model, which is a 4.6L and boasts an impressive 300+ HP in a small block V8. Ford has continously improved every aspect of all models through out the 1994-2012 Mustangs, through looks and technology. I am a big fan of this and cannot say the same for Chevy which was very dissappointing. Now about your MIS-quoted 2012 Mustang specifications, let me correct them for you: 2012 Mustang Base Model (V6) = 305 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 280 ft lb of torque @ 4,250 rpm 2012 GT Mustang(V8) = 412 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 390 ft lb of torque @ 4,250 rpm 2012 Boss 302(V8) = 444 hp @ 7,400 rpm; 380 ft lb of torque @ 4,500 rpm None of the above have superchargers, only the Shelby series are supercharged, GT350 and the GT500 versions.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The problem with GM is that they tease us with concepts that would make the car more competitive, and then never make them. Instead they give is appearance packages like the Synergy and XM Camaros.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The camaro isn't 45 it's 38. GM killed it for seven years.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Camaro already went up to 312hp recently upping the ante against the Mustang. Still needs to go on a serious weight-loss program though.
      • 3 Years Ago
      When is GM going to spend some money and fix the interior. Wanted a Camaro real bad until I sat in one . I was completely unimpressed and decided to wait until an interior update.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The 2012 has some minor interior updates (first seen on the ZL1) that are a good improvement over the original. No more vast wasteland of black plastic on the passenger side.
      • 3 Years Ago
      You people whining and crying about this, the Stang, and Dodge need to give it a rest.

      The Dodge is boulevard cruiser of the trio.

      The Mustang is sportscar of the group.

      The Camaro splits the difference.

      What, oh what, is so hard to understand about that?? If you like one, you probably won't like at least one of the others.

      Layoff the fanboy nut-swinging.


      As for the car, it's alright. Dig the wheels, since, like someone else mentioned, I had a GTO. Stripes are okay, neither ugly or awesome. Interior treatment gets a thumbs up from me, but it's still horribly flawed aesthetically and ergonomically speaking. Power increase is just from a tune, big deal. If you're in it for performance, this car still falls short of the Mustang, regardless of look-at-me add-ons.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Unbelievable power. My dad had a 98 Camaro SS and that thing had like 320 HP too!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nukem, I'm not sure you have a clue

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Camaro_%28fourth_generation%29#1998

        Officially rated at 305hp, and general consensus is it was underrated to not step on the Corvette's toes.

        I'm a Mustang guy, but I just hate misinformation.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If you think your dad's '98 Camaro had 320hp, you don't have a clue about cars.
        • 3 Years Ago
        ross_sheldon-

        Yeah, that was my whole point wise guy. Everyone who knows anything about cars knows the LS1 was a 350hp+ engine. Most LS1 F-Bods and Corvettes dyno within a few horses of their advertised rating.

        Be more careful of who you call out.

      • 3 Years Ago
      It's still a Camaro with a sub par quality interior and poor handling.
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