The Chevrolet Camaro, when launched in 2009, seemed to be a sureshot “winner”, at least on paper. It shared a chasis with the sublime Pontiac G8 and came with GM’s top-notch direct-injection V6 making 305 hp or an LS3 V8 making 426 hp, having a pair of 6-speed gearboxes and so stylish in looks that even a matured individuals heart would beat faster, when he viewed the car!
However, the car (both the V6 and V8 versions) failed to live up to the huge expectations; an uncomfortable driving position, poor visibility, a not at all smooth steering system, made driving the Chevrolet Camaro an unpleasant experience. Lovers of a top sports car were found to be longing for the lighter, less powerful but more rewarding Ford Mustang GT every single time over the Chevrolet Camaro.
New Changes made in 2012:
The year 2012 sees the Chevrolet Camaro come out with a lot of improvements. The V6 versions is more powerful, the SS Coupe comes with an improved sports suspension and all Chevrolet Camaros go for upgrades on the interior. Furthermore, later in the year, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 launches, reviving a legendary name and providing superlative performance by way of a supercharged V8.
Speed and Power is the Buzz word:
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro comes with a variant of 6.2 lire V8, seen in the Cadillac CTS-V, and cranks out over 570 hp, making it the quickest as well as the most capable Camaro ever. Standard cars come with six-speed manual transmission whereas the option for six-speed automatic transmission has also been provided. Other unique upgrades include adaptive suspension dampners, Brembo brakes, a dual-mode exhaust, massive performance tires and a sportier steering wheel.
However, certain issues still continue to affect the Camaro’s daily usability. The Camaro is just hard to see out from, the rearview mirror does help in parking but the low-profile windows still makes this task arduous. Though backseat comfort is never high on the list of priorities whilst purchasing such cars, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro rates worst amongst the muscle cars to drive in.
Styling the Body for Contemporary Looks:
Standard fittings include black 18 inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, cruise control, keyless entry, airconditioning, four way manual front seats with power recline, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel along with other accessories like Bluetooth and a six-speaker sound system CD Player; with optional fittings on wheels, uphosltery and the likes available on request.
Power coupled with Fuel Economy:
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro comes with updated 3.6 litre V6 good enough for 323 hp and 278 pound-feet of torque, at the same time giving a fuel economy of 19 mpg in city/ 30 mpg in highways. The 6.2 litre V8 version produces 426 hp and 410 pound-feet, while giving a fuel economy of 16 mpg in city/ 24 mpg in highways.
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro comes with antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, stability control and full-length side curtain backs; tests on V6 and V8 models with 20 inch wheels showed that they stopped from 60 mph within just 111 feet.
The Thrill of Speed:
The complaint that the Camaro never faced was on speed issues and with impressive amounts of cornering grip, communicative steering as well as a refined suspension, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro continues to be a torchbearer in the aspect of cruising.
In hindsight, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro would be driven as a big car, and not a small one, thus affecting its usage on a day-to-day basis, and making it more of a car used in driving for fun. Outward visibility as well as significant weight of this vehicle, contribute to this fact! However, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro can be said to be quite a civilized vehicle, in terms of comfortable ride with minimal wind and road noise.