2012 Chevy Camaro: Ch-Ch-Changes

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There were a number of complaints with the Chevrolet Camaro when it finally reached reality after years as a well-known concept. For the 2012 model year, a few complaints have been addressed with upgrades to interior materials as well as a backup camera to help with coupe’s poor visibility.

The most significant change comes under the hood. The base V-6 engine has been tuned to produce 323 horsepower, up from 312 hp in the current model and more than the 305 hp from the Ford Mustang’s base engine. A rear spoiler is now standard on all Camaros as are taillight treatments from the RS Package.

The V-8-powered SS model doesn’t get more power, but it adds suspension upgrades to improve handling.

There will also be a 45th Anniversary Edition 2012 Camaro shown in the pictures above and below. The cosmetic package will be available on top trim levels for both V-6 and V-8 powertrains in either coupe or convertible body styles.

The anniversary editions come in one color, Carbon Flash Metallic, with a red-and-silver stripe package. It also has unique 20-inch wheels, high-intensity-discharge headlights, a white instrument panel and anniversary logos on the steering wheel, seats and just about anywhere else Chevy can find space.

The 2012 Camaro and 45th Anniversary Editions will go on sale this summer.

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