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2012 Chevrolet Camaro - Performance Review

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The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro offers fantastic straight-line performance, good handling, and, in V-6 form, surprisingly good fuel economy.
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The variable-ratio steering rack delivers great on-center feel
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Buckle up, because the new Camaro runs like a cheetah escaping the zoo.
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Constant vigilance is required on the highway, as felonious speeds are shockingly easy to attain

The V-6 is no longer the engine of trailer-park mulletheads and those hosers who only buy pony cars for the looks
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While the Camaro "drove big," as muscle cars are wont to do, at no time did it drive heavy.

The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro takes GM's retro revival muscle car to new heights, both in terms of outright performance and efficiency. With the introduction of the ZL1, the Camaro range now brushes up against supercar power figures, while the revised V-6 engine delivers an estimated 30 mpg.

Three engines are available in the 2012 Camaro: a 323-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6, a 426-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8, and a 580-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. The engines correspond to the three essential types of Camaro: V-6, SS, and ZL1.

Two transmissions are available, a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic with TAPshift manual shift control. Automatic-equipped V-8 Camaro SS models are reigned in with a slightly modified engine design that's rated at 400 horsepower instead of the manual's 426. All models come standard with StabiliTrak electronic stability control and traction control. But what are the Camaros like on the road?

It's surprisingly nimble despite weighing as much as 3,800 pounds, thank in part to a well-tuned four-wheel independent suspension setup. Steering is fairly communicative, stable, and complements the Camaro's chassis. Power is never a shortcoming, even in V-6 models, though for real tire-smoking fun, the SS or ZL1 are necessary.


The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro offers fantastic straight-line performance, good handling, and, in V-6 form, surprisingly good fuel economy.

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