Chevrolet has a big celebration on the horizon as 2012 marks the Camaroâ€™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, weâ€™re capitalizing on that momentum with enhancements to Camaroâ€™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 â€“ 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]