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Camaro Celebrates 45 in Style

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author photo by Autotrader April 2011

It’s been 45 years since the Chevrolet Camaro launched onto the muscle car scene in 1966. To help it ease gracefully into middle age, Chevrolet is making some tweaks to the Camaro lineup and launching a special edition to commemorate the occasion.

The 45th Anniversary Special Edition Camaro gets unique Carbon Flash metallic dark gray paint and a set of light gray and red racing stripes. The car will also include a unique hood, 20-inch wheels and 45th anniversary badges. On the inside, the car proudly displays ‘45th’ embroidered in the seats and emblazoned on the dash. You can get the anniversary model with either the V8 or V6 engine.

Speaking of the Camaro’s V6, it’s also getting a makeover to keep things fresh. The smaller engine will be getting a little more juice for 2012. The updated engine will produce 323 horsepower, an 11 horsepower bump from the previous V6. In spite of the increased power, Chevrolet says the new engine will still be able to get 30 miles per gallon on the highway.

Not to be left out, the powerful SS model is also getting some anniversary love in the form of an optional performance suspension. The package will consist of new dampers, anti-roll bars and tires aimed at making the SS better able to tackle high-speed turns and winding roads.

All 2012 Camaros will also get a revised instrument panel with new graphics and trim. The cars will also get a new steering wheel, power height adjustment on the passenger seat and a new optional rear spoiler. RS models will get updated tail lights and a new radio antenna. And if you want your Camaro in Red Jewel, you better look for a remaining 2011 model. It’s due to be replaced with another color, Crystal Red.

Of course the big Camaro news for 2012 is the debut of the top dog ZL1 – named for a rare 1969 racing edition – that’s set to square off against the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. The ZL1 will include a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine producing an estimated 550 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque.

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