In 1967, Chevrolet introduced the Camaro coupe as their answer to Ford’s wildly successful Mustang, and through its ups and downs, the Camaro's held on to its loyal following--outselling the Mustang on occasion, even, as it has this year.
In honor of the Camaro’s 45th Anniversary, Chevrolet has announced a special edition of the pony car, complete with Carbon Flash Metallic paint, 45the Anniversary fender emblems, unique hood and deck stripes, RS style taillight lenses, Jet Black interior with leather seating, white instrument and door panel inserts and of course, red, white and blue interior stitching.
The 45th Anniversary package will be available on both the Camaro 2SS, with Chevy’s 6.2 liter V-8, and on the Camaro 2LT, which gets an improved 3.6-liter V-6 for 2012.
Chevy’s new LFX V-6 engine now produces 323 horsepower, an improvement of 11 hp over last year’s 3.6-liter V-6--notably, even more than Ford's Mustang V-6, which checks in at 305 hp. The Chevy's horsepower gains come from an improved intake port design, larger intake valves, longer duration camshafts, revised fuel injectors, lighter weight connecting rods and a redesigned throttle body. The new LFX engine is nearly 21 pounds lighter than last year’s V-6, and gets an estimated 30 miles per gallon in highway driving (an improvement of 2 MPG over last year).