2012 Chevrolet Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition [Gallery]

In the often prideful wars between Detroit automakers for performance supremacy, Chevrolet rolls out the 2012 Camaro with some new improvements including a more powerful base V6 engine.

  • Next to the current engine line-up, customers interested in the 2012 Camaro will also have the option of a new 3.6L direct injection V-6 LFX engine that delivers an SAE-certified 323 HP at 6,800 rpm. Photo: ChevroletNext to the current engine line-up, customers interested in the 2012 Camaro will also have the option of a new 3.6L direct injection V-6 LFX engine that delivers an SAE-certified 323 HP at 6,800 rpm. Photo: Chevrolet
  • For the interior, the 2012 Camaro will get a revised instrument panel appearance, with new instrument graphics and trim, as well as a new steering wheel design and a power lift feature for the front passenger seat. Photo: ChevroletFor the interior, the 2012 Camaro will get a revised instrument panel appearance, with new instrument graphics and trim, as well as a new steering wheel design and a power lift feature for the front passenger seat. Photo: Chevrolet
  • As with the exterior, the interior of the 45th Anniversary Camaro will also get bonus goodies. Among the new features will be leather-trimmed seats featuring the 45th Anniversary logo, a white instrument panel and door trim inserts with the 45th Anniversary logo on the instrument panel, red, white, and blue stitching on the seats, steering wheel, shift knob/boot, door armrests and console lid, and a 45th Anniversary logo on the steering wheel and sill plates. Photo: ChevroletAs with the exterior, the interior of the 45th Anniversary Camaro will also get bonus goodies. Among the new features will be leather-trimmed seats featuring the 45th Anniversary logo, a white instrument panel and door trim inserts with the 45th Anniversary logo on the instrument panel, red, white, and blue stitching on the seats, steering wheel, shift knob/boot, door armrests and console lid, and a 45th Anniversary logo on the steering wheel and sill plates. Photo: Chevrolet
  • Chevrolet has not revealed pricing for this special edition just yet, but for those interested, you can get a first look at the 45th Anniversary Special Edition at the Camaro5 Fest II on April 15, 2011 in Arizona. Photo: ChevroletChevrolet has not revealed pricing for this special edition just yet, but for those interested, you can get a first look at the 45th Anniversary Special Edition at the Camaro5 Fest II on April 15, 2011 in Arizona. Photo: Chevrolet
  • The Chevrolet Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition will be further distinguished from the rest of the line-up by a Carbon Flash Metallic exteior paint contrasted by a unique rally stripe, in red and silver. It will also get a unique 45th Anniversary hood and deck stripes, badges located beneath the front fender emblems, new-design 20" wheels in dark silver, fog lamp and taillamp bezels finished in dark silver, RS-style taillamp lenses, a standard rear spoiler, HID headlamps, and body-color roof molding. Photo: ChevroletThe Chevrolet Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition will be further distinguished from the rest of the line-up by a Carbon Flash Metallic exteior paint contrasted by a unique rally stripe, in red and silver. It will also get a unique 45th Anniversary hood and deck stripes, badges located beneath the front fender emblems, new-design 20" wheels in dark silver, fog lamp and taillamp bezels finished in dark silver, RS-style taillamp lenses, a standard rear spoiler, HID headlamps, and body-color roof molding. Photo: Chevrolet
  • The 2012 Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition and 2012 Camaro will receive a few exterior upgrades to differentiate it from the previous model years. For starters, a a new rear spoiler and the taillamps previously provided as an option on the RS appearance package will come standard. A new, body-color “sharkfin” antenna will also be added and the old Red Jewel exterior paint will be replaced with a Crystal Red Tintcoat exterior paint. Photo: ChevroletThe 2012 Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition and 2012 Camaro will receive a few exterior upgrades to differentiate it from the previous model years. For starters, a a new rear spoiler and the taillamps previously provided as an option on the RS appearance package will come standard. A new, body-color “sharkfin” antenna will also be added and the old Red Jewel exterior paint will be replaced with a Crystal Red Tintcoat exterior paint. Photo: Chevrolet

The 2012 Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition and 2012 Camaro will receive a few exterior upgrades to differentiate it from the previous model years. For starters, a a new rear spoiler and the taillamps previously provided as an option on the RS appearance package will come standard. A new, body-color “sharkfin” antenna will also be added and the old Red Jewel exterior paint will be replaced with a Crystal Red Tintcoat exterior paint. Photo: Chevrolet

Chevrolet has a big celebration on the horizon as 2012 marks the Camaro’s 45th anniversary, and the best way for an automaker to celebrate such an event is to launch a new special edition. Appropriately called the Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition, this new model will feature a unique graphics package that includes a special red stripe and badging along with imposing 20-inch wheels.

The vehicle’s lighting will also receive a few tweaks for the occasion, including dark-silver trim for the fog light and taillamp bezels. Inside, buyers will find a Jet Black leather interior with red, white and blue stitched seats adorned with a 45th anniversary logo. Special white gauges are nestled in the vehicle’s dash, as well.

“The appeal of Camaro design and performance has powered it to the top of its segment,” said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. “For 2012, we’re capitalizing on that momentum with enhancements to Camaro’s performance and comfort.”

That’s all well and good, but the biggest news is that 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 featured in the Camaro will now boast 323 horsepower – an 11 pony increase over last year. That nudge rather conveniently puts the V6 Camaro ahead of the V6-equipped Ford Mustang at 305 horsepower.

In addition to the celebratory anniversary model, The General plans to introduce a new FE4 suspension package just for the SS Coupe. Along with re-tuned dampers on all four corners, the vehicle will now see a solid 23-mm stabilizer bar up front and a 24-mm bar out back along with 20-inch aluminum wheels. [via Autoblog]

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