Since the late 1960’s, the muscle car has been loved and enjoyed as a simple and powerful car that is not intended for just any average driver. One of the earliest and most successful companies in the muscle car making game is Chevrolet. Chevy has been producing potent V8 engines since the 1950’s and this gave them a huge advantage in the muscle car world. In 1966, Chevy debuted the new Chevy Camaro in response to Ford’s new Mustang. Both cars became wildly successful and the rivalry between the two cars created a cult following on both sides. In drag racing, trans-am competitive racing and in the simple road car versions, the Camaro and the Mustang have a rivalry that continues to thrive into the 21st century.

After the first release of the Camaro in 1966, Chevy opted for new designs for each generation of new Camaros. After the fourth generation Camaro, Chevy decided to again change the car’s look. This new design, however, would bring back the vibe of the original. In 2010, for the fifth generation of Camaros, Chevy designed a retro-inspired Camaro following the original lines and design of the original. It had a bold, aggressive attitude about it and became an instant success.

Now, Chevy has done it again. They have created a new beast, the 2012 Chevy Camaro. This Camaro continues the sixth generation just as the last 2 years did except now buyers have some new options.

The standard 2012 Chevy Camaro buyers have the following models available to them:

• LS 1LS
• LS 2LS
• LT 1LT
• LT 2LT

These “base-line” models boast the same V6 version motor that puts out a rubber peeling 323 horsepower as well as 278 lb.-ft. of torque. Having so much power, the instinctive question any smart buyer would ask is in regards to fuel economy. The 2012 Chevy Camaro can proudly answered that question. Even with an engine that puts out over three hundred and twenty horsepower, the Camaro gets an EPA estimated 30 miles to the gallon highway. It is a great compromise between power and efficiency with the added perk of being a legendary symbol for American power.

Camaro extends to the buyer a V8 engine option that further pushes the limit of speed and power with the following models:

• SS 1SS
• SS 2SS

Anyone who knows the history of the SS badge from Chevy knows that it means power. Standing for “Super Sport”, the SS logo has appeared on Chevy powerhouses from the Nova and Chevelle to the Camaro. Today, the symbol means the same thing. The 2012 Chevy Camaro SS line up share a powerful V8 engine that produces a staggering 426 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. You can trust that this is more than enough power to get you to and from work on time.

For those who aren’t satisfied with being pulled over just once a day, there is yet another version of the 2012 Chevy Camaro. This new, barely road legal Camaro shares its engine design with that of the Chevy Corvette, the very fastest car Chevy has to offer. Producing 580 horsepower and 556 lb.-ft. of torque, this 6.2L supercharged V8 is no joke. The engine, of course, is not the only thing Chevy poured their heart into. The car also comes with an improved suspension, gearbox, traction control and “Stabilitrak” stability control. Chevy announced that the car was designed and built to be race track ready right off the showroom floor. This beast is definitely not for the weak, nor should it be taken lightly. Chevy has really done their homework and engineered a car that gives its competition a run for their money.

The 2012 Chevy Camaro line up has carried the Camaro name into the future with the same pride and legendary power that has come to be expected from Chevy. Every year, Chevy seems to top itself in making cars that perform both on the track as well as at the fuel pumps and the Camaro is a very healthy compromise at both ends. There is no telling how far the Camaro will advance in future generations but surely Chevy will keep the surprises coming. One cannot help but be impressed with the power, engineering and stunning design that can be found in the new 2012 Chevy Camaro.

Tony Alves has been online since 2002. He owns and manages several websites. One of them is a Site about cars: Car Pictures []

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