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General Motors officially unveiled the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition to a crowd of dealers and enthusiasts on the eve of the Indianapolis 500. The droptop muscle car boasts a slew of tweaks that are destined to eventually make their way to the greater Camaro lineup, including new soft-touch materials on the dash, a new steering wheel that's not ridiculous to use, and a few suspension changes. GM tells us that SS models will be equipped with the new FE4 suspension package, born from the development the upcoming Camaro ZL1. V6 Camaros will now pack 323 horsepower, a gain of 11 over the 2011 model-year cars.

GM will produce the Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition to meet demand, so there should be plenty to go around. In addition to the interior and mechanical adjustments, the car wears special logos on the fenders, seat backs, door sills, steering wheel and dash to separate it from the rest of the Camaro stable. Pricing will be available closer to the convertible's fall launch date. Hit the jump for the full press blast.
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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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      Thipps
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love the stripe graphic with the 45. Look stop complaining about this special addition the camaros history speaks for itself. 45 years ago the car came out, its still around, impressive
      Loseit
      • 3 Years Ago
      Soft dash materials, improved steering wheel....time to go take a look!
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      This should not be a 45 anniversary. The camaro was killed off then brought back. Rip OFF
        Shawn Brinker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        How exactly is this a "Rip OFF"? Please enlighten us. Is the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500 a "Rip OFF"?
      Sum Ting Wong
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a joke. The Camaro has not been around consecutively for 45 years. I think its wrong that they have a 45 year anniversary monkier.
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sum Ting Wong
        It is a beautiful car, and its commemorating the 45th Anniversary of the original one. That means that Camaros have been roaming the earth for 45 years. Small minds at work here, Its not about how many consecutive models were made, I know its your only point of contradiction, but it is a small minded and rather silly argument.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sum Ting Wong
        Tell that to Cleveland Browns fans whose team just celebrated their 60th anniversary a few years ago, despite being defunct from 1996 to 1998. Like it or not, there is still a great deal of history behind the Camaro nameplate, which started in 1967, ceased in 2002, and resumed in 2010.
        Shawn Brinker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sum Ting Wong
        This year Indianapolis is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500, even though there was no Indy 500 held for a few years during World War II, and that is just one example. This is not a "joke", it is the way things are done. Are you going to complain about the 100th anniversary celebration at Indy being a "joke"?
      Catapult
      • 3 Years Ago
      If a couple gets married, get's divorced 10 years later and get's back together 5 years after that they aren't celebrating their 15th anniversary... this is no different.
        Shawn Brinker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Catapult
        No, there is a lot of "different". You can't compare a marriage to an object or event. Like I said in an earlier reply, Indianapolis is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500 this year, even though the race was put on hold for a few years during WWII. This is no different.
      DrEvil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lemmie see, I counted eight 45th Anniversary badges, come on GM sure you couldn't squeeze in another dozen or so more? Doorsills - 2 Seats - 2 Front quarter panels - 2 Passenger side dash - 1 Hood decal - 1 Not sure if that was another 45 on the bottom spoke of the steering wheel.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Biochemlab
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just can't deal with that dash cluster(s). YUCK
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