The Chevrolet Camaro made a comeback on the automotive market in 2009 after eight years of missing in action, and by the looks of it the Camaro isn't planning on going anywhere anytime soon. In other words meet the 2012 Camaro boasting more power and equipment than the previous model.
Under its hood the muscle car sports a 3.6 liter V6 power plant able to deliver an increase of 11 horsepower compared with the previous model, for a total of 323 HP and 278 lb-ft of torque. The unit can be paired up with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox which –as expected- sends the engine's power to the back wheels.
The increase in power has been obtained by modifying the cylinder design as well as replacing the fuel pump with a new unit featuring isolated fuel rail, new fuel injectors, longer duration intake camshafts and camshaft cap. The new package gives the Camarothe ability to go from 0 to 60 mph in 6 seconds and delivers a fuel efficiency of 17 mpg city / 28 mpg highway with manual transmission and 30 mpg highway with the automatic gearbox.
In terms of handling and ride the Camaro isn't too bad either, it features an independent rear suspension system and variable-ratio power steering, and alongside the 52/48 font-to rear weight ratio you'll be in for a treat. To make things more interesting the LT trim level comes with a set of 20-inch wheels paired up with Pirelli PZero ultra-high performance tires to give you that extra grip.
As far as the exterior design goes there aren't many changes brought by the 2012 model but this year's model will include the Synergy Green exterior color for the price of $395. On the interior the instrument panel layout has been revised, the steering wheel has been replaced by a new one and power lift for the front passenger seat has been added. Other features include Remote Start, a Boston Acoustics nine-speaker sound system, OnStar navigation system and Bluetooth connectivity.
In terms of safety features the Camaro doesn't fall short and comes with StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System featuring Traction Control which will help the driver keep control of the car in case of emergency. Six airbags including head, chest and knee airbags are offered as a standard feature.
Only one question remains unanswered and that's how much the new model will set you back? The Chevrolet Camaro 2012 comes with a price tag of $23,280 for the base model which means that at least from a financial standpoint it falls in between the Ford Mustang, the Dodge Challenger and the Hyundai Genesis Coupe.