The Chevrolet Camaro first surfaced during the 1967 model year as a direct competitor against Ford’s Mustang. Defined as a pony car, the Camaro had long represented affordable sport performance in the Chevrolet line-up. A fourth-generation version of the Chevrolet sports car resulted in a number of design and mechanical attributes engineered for the high-end Corvette. In 1998, a mid-cycle refresh of the Chevrolet Camaro notably rid the car of its quad square sealed beam headlights in favor of a rounded housing conforming to the body contours.
Under the hood of the Z28 version of the sports car, the V-8 engine was a new 5.7-liter powerplant produced in aluminum. Utilizing a functional air induction system element on the hood, the Chevrolet Camaro SS develops 320 horsepower. The V-8 power unit generated 305 horsepower and could be paired with a six-speed manual transmission. A lower-cost, more fuel-efficient V-6 engine producing a modest 205 horsepower would also be available with the 1998 Chevrolet Camaro. Creating shockwaves among American performance car fans, Chevrolet discontinued the Camaro after the vehicle’s 35th anniversary. The popularity of the sports car eventually resulted in General Motors resurrecting the model in a modern interpretation of the first-generation style.
The car arrived as a coupe initially with a convertible model being reinstated to Camaro line-up in 2011. In 2010, the Camaro made a triumphant return to the marketplace with a 3.6-liter V-6 powering the base model and a 6.2-liter V-8 engine serving as the basis for a new Camaro SS. The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS produced up to 426 horsepower but also delivered admirable fuel economy thanks to Active Fuel Management. Horsepower remained the focus of the Camaro in 2012 with the introduction of the 580-horsepower Camaro ZL1 followed by the 505-horsepower Z/28 in 2014.