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The Evolution of the Camaro

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The Evolution of the Camaro

The 1960’s gave birth to muscle cars, which resulted in the rise of a majorly competitive market for the must-have pony car. Fast, powerful, and sexy, they are sure to provide a thrilling experience that stay true to their customs and traditions. Chevrolet has built a history of exceptional world-class cars that can outperform many of its competitors. The well-respected American company debuted its first long-hooded Camaro in 1967, taking the industry by storm. Since then, they have produced five generations of the Camaro, all of which have undergone various makeovers and major revamping, without cutting back on brute power and that rocket-like push muscle-heads crave and yearn for.

Camaro L48 Super Sport (1967-1969)

Camaro 1967-1969

Aggressive and lean, the L48 was equipped with a V8 Turbo Fire engine that could produce 295-horsepower. The SS badge that the coupe and convertible renditions wore proudly added more character and glamour to the vehicle. In 1968, the big-block Camaro SS underwent a new paint job, getting its rear-body panel painted black in order to tell it apart from the small-block cars.

Camaro L30 5.4 (1967-1969)

Camaro 1967-1969 (2)

From six-cylinder engines to a big-block 396, the L30 5.4 came with a few different options to choose from. Drivers could also choose between a two-door, 2+2 seating, coupe, or convertible. As a direct competitor of Ford’s mustang, this muscle car was built for diehard fans and packed a solid punch, boasting a front-mounted engine and a riveting rear-wheel-drive.

Camaro Super Sport Convertible (1967 – 1970)

Camaro Super Sport Convertible 1967-1970 (3)

Arriving one year after the hardtop coupe, the SS Convertible featured the same powerful engine and trip levels as its fellow pony car.

Camaro Z/28 (1970 – 1977)

Camaro Z28 (4)

The Z/28 marked the second generation of the famous pony car. Longer, lower, and wider, the all-new Camaro Z/28 featured a high-performance LT1 engine producing up to 360-horsepower. Overall, it performed far better than past engines and was built to be more versatile between the street and the track.

Camaro (1970 – 1981)

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What would turn out to be a world class car, the Z/28 left an everlasting impression as a flawlessly engineered classic American muscle car. It received a facelift, featuring a brand new 360-horsepower V8 engine and advanced suspension, giving the car even greater handling.

Camaro Super Sport (1971 – 1972)

Camaro Super Sport (1971-1972)

In 1971, the second generation Camaro Super Sport surfaced featuring a reworked exterior that included a fastback roofline and ventless full door glass. The inside showcased numerous new qualities, one of which was a revamped dashboard that also contained an optional centre console. Since the SS did not meet emission regulations, nor the appropriate safety protocol and fuel economy, the model was discontinued by the end of 1972. As of 1973, customers would no longer be able to buy the car with a big-block 6.5-litre V8 engine.

Camaro Z/28 (1977 – 1981)

Camaro Z28 (1977-1981)

In 1977, the Z/28 underwent a modest redesign and cut back on power levels, reducing its thrust to 170-horsepower. Chevrolet, instead, emphasized on the Z/28’s capabilities on the open road.

Camaro (1982 – 1992)

Camaro 1982-1992

The year 1982 introduced a new generation of the Camaro, which was built on the General Motors F-body platform, and for the first time, included 15-inch or 16-inch wheels,  hatchback bodies, throttle body fuel injection, Turbo-Hydramatic 700R4 four-speed automatic transmissions or five-speed manual transmissions, and a rear window third brake light. Throughout its time, there were two special editions, the “20th Anniversary Commemorative Edition” in 1987, and the “25th Anniversary Heritage Edition” in 1992.

Camaro (1990 – 1997)

Camaro 1990-1997

In the early 1990’s, a new Camaro emerged on the market. Chevrolet offered customers three different bodies to choose from, between convertible, coupe, and hatchback. It came stocked with standard driver-side airbags, halogen headlamps, intermittent windshield wipers, a tilt-steering wheel, and tilted glass. The interior cabin was redesigned as well, boasting a brand new dashboard that featured yellow-gauge graphics. The convertible rendition, also known as the IROC-Z, came with limited slip differential and new 16-inch alloy wheels. The coupe, on the other hand, only offered 16-inch alloy wheels as an added option.

Camaro Z/28 Convertible (1997 – 2002)

Z28 Convertible 1997-2002

The Z/28 Convertible possessed the principal attributes of the fourth-generation 1993 Camaro. This model was assembled on an upgraded F-body platform, featuring an LT1 V8 engine with a six-gear manual gearbox and electronic injection of petrol. Unlike the Camaro Coupe, the Camaro Z/28 Convertible had a smaller cargo volume.

Camaro Super Sport Convertible (1997 – 2002)

Camaro SS Convertible 1997-2002

The fourth-generation of Chevrolet’s pony car, the Camaro Super Sport Convertible, maintained many of the same features as the original 1967 Camaro.

Camaro Super Sport (1997 – 2002)

Camaro SS 1997-2002

The Camaro Super Sport was built on an updated F-platform, while preserving other characteristics from its former model.

Camaro Z/28 Coupe (1997 – 2002)

Camaro Z28 1997-2002

With the same features as that of the fourth-generation Camaro Z/28, such as an F-body platform and a 5.7-litre V8 engine, what separated the Coupe model from its predecessors and sibling Convertible was its much larger cargo volume and electronic injection of petrol. After a year, a brand new all-aluminum LS1 engine took the place of the older version, which had initially been introduced with the Corvette C5.

Camaro (1997 – 2002)

Camaro 1997-2002

The years 1997 and 1998 introduced distinct upgrades to the fourth-generation model of 1993. Despite being assembled on the same F-body platform as its predecessor, this model featured a brand new interior, followed by engine and exterior modifications. Again, General Motors replaced old engines with the all-aluminum LS1, and by the end of 2002, they would see the end of the F-body platform, the sales of which were beginning to decline.

Camaro Super Sport (2009 – Present)

Camaro SS (2009-Present)

In 2009, a brand new generation of the Camaro SS was revealed, which challenged target competitors like the Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang, and Nissan 350Z. Packed with a 6.2-litre V8 engine and the choice between a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, it sure came equipped with muscle and power. Furthermore, it provides greater safety through the OnStar service assistance system it comes with. The Advanced Crash Response System introduced a new method of support by automatically sending a signal to the company in times of need.

Camaro (2009 – Present)

Camaro 2009-P

In 2009, a new generation of the Camaro made its debut into the automobile market. Assembled on a rear-wheel-drive platform, the car’s meticulous design is intended to keep passengers safe during all stages of a crash — before, during, and after. This powerhouse gets its energy from a 3.6-litre V6 engine that produces a roaring 300-horsepower. Though it is primarily designed in the United States, its assembly takes place in Canada.

Camaro ZL1 (2012 – Present)

Camaro ZL1

The Camaro ZL1 has been brought back to life with its distinguishable features, power, and great potential on the track. For now, the ZL1 has put an end to decades of pony-car wars between Chevrolet and Ford. Aggressive and sleek, the most powerful Camaro is a magnificent beast, producing 580-horsepower.

Camaro Z/28 (2013 – Present)

Camaro Z28 (2013-Present)

In 2013, Chevrolet introduced the ultimate Z/28 of any racer’s dreams. Lightweight and built for the track, it comes packed with a massive dry-sump 7.0-litre LS7 engine that can produce over 500-horsepower. While it may not meet the likes of the ZL1’s production of 580-horsepower, this beast is naturally aspirated. The sportscar is high-revving, equipped with carbon-ceramic brakes, integrated coolers for use on the track, and a great aerodynamic downforce.

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