If the Chevy Camaro were a musician, then it would have to be Michael Jackson because it is a smooth criminal. Basically, GM stole the idea of a pony car from the Ford Mustang. Yes, it is safe to say that we wouldn't be talking about the Camaro if the Mustang never came before it. The Mustang was running the streets, and that's why GM had to make a desperate reply called Camaro. We have thrown enough punches at the Camaro, but the truth is that it went on to establish its own unique swag that has made it a darling of many petrol heads.
In fact, we are glad that they stole this idea because they have blessed us with many iconic cars. Some versions of this car are classified as muscle cars, but it is mostly considered a pony car. It boasts of two body styles; they are 2-door convertible and 2-door coupé. The Camaro is an old lady who still has the energy of an ox; it has given us six generations that started in 1967. Today, we will take you through a journey of this iconic vehicle so that you can appreciate it some more.
What did the Camaro offer in the first generation?
The 1967 Chevy Camaro was introduced in September 1966, and just like that, it was an instant hit! This vehicle was so good that it reminds me of Mike Tyson in his early years as a boxer. It penetrated into the market easily because it was also based on a successful platform, Chevy II. This factor contributed to the low cost. The base model had a price of $2,466 which is similar to around $18,000 today. This generation lasted from 1967 to 1969.
What about the second generation?
At this stage, the car was based on the F-body platform. It came with a fresh style that made it appear larger and wider. The 1971 SS350 emerged as one of the world's best cars; this is according Road & Track. It had many features that resembled its predecessors, like an A-arm front suspension, a unibody structure, leaf springs to control the solid rear axle and a front subframe. This generation lasted from 1970 to 1981.
How good was the third generation?
This generation must have been as swift as Usain Bolt because they were lighter than a feather. When compared to the second generation, these Camaros were almost 500 pounds lighter. This generation introduced 16-inch wheels, four-speed automatic transmissions, hatchback bodies, four-cylinder engines, factory fuel injection as well as five-speed manual transmissions. Their production lasted from 1982 to 1992.
What can be said about the fourth generation of Camaros?
Oh the 90s, it was the time that "swag" was born and that is probably why the Camaro came with a more "swaggy" platform. The manufacturers introduced the Camaro with an improved F-body platform. From 1993-1995, the standard powerplant was a 3.4A L V6. This lasted until 1995 when a 3.8A L V6 took over. The Camaros came with standard Anti-lock brakes. The Z28 came with a standard 4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission that was optional in the V6 models. The Camaro's optional features included a six-speed T-56 manual transmission and all-speed traction control.
The Camaro remained pretty much the same as it was in 1967; it was powered by V8 and pushrod 6-cylinder engines. It also came with rear-wheel drive and a coupé body ´tyle with 2+2 seating. It ran from 1993 to 2002.
How special was the fifth generation?
The fifth generation saw the complete redesign of the Camaro. It was based on the 2007 Camaro Convertible Concept and the 2006 Camaro Concept. On April 1, 2010, the World Car of the Year Awards recognized this vehicle as "the World Car Design of the Year." It lasted from 2010 to 2015.
How has the sixth generation faired?
The Camaro's sixth generation is based on the GM Alpha platform; the vehicle is available in LT and SS models. As it stands, the Alpha platform is also being used by Cadillac CTS and the Cadillac ATS. The production is done in Michigan at the Lansing Grand River Assembly.
Has the Camaro been involved in anything special?
The Camaro loves the bright lights of Hollywood having been featured in one of the most popular and titillating films, Transformers.