Chevrolet launches revised 2012 Camaro this summer

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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For the 2012 model year, Chevrolet has made significant revisions to its popular Camaro sport coupe and convertible. The changes will come in time for the celebration of the Camaro's 45th anniversary this summer. In fact, in addition to the revisions over last year's model, Chevrolet is even going to launch a special 45th Anniversary package for the 2012 Camaro.

The V6 engine in the 2012 Camaro will still be a 3.6-litre unit, but the power has been increased from 312 to 323 horsepower. Peak horsepower is attained at 6,800 rpm and the new engine, dubbed LFX, is also claimed to weigh 9.3 kilos less than its predecessor. Despite the increase in power, the new engine still manages the same fuel economy as in the 2011 Camaro, which would result in the 2012 model achieving a Canadian-government rated estimate of 12.4 L/100km in the city and 7.1 L/100km on the highway with the manual transmission or 11.4 and 6.9 respectively with the 6-speed automatic.

In comparison to the 3.6-litre V6 engine from the 2011 model, the 2012 LFX features new cylinder heads and fuel injectors, as well as a new quieter fuel pump and fuel rail. The intake port design has been improved, and there are larger intake valves as well. The pistons' connecting rods are lighter and stronger than before and the intake camshaft has been revised to allow a longer duration for the engine's intake stroke. The LFX engine also benefits from direct injection, which results in better fuel combustion and increased fuel economy at partial or full throttle.

Suspension improvements for the 2012 Camaro include the new FE4 upgrade, now available for the SS model. The FE4 suspension includes retuned dampers front and rear, new front and rear stabilizer bars, plus twenty-inch aluminum wheels.

"Our objective was to create a more precise sport suspension for the SS coupe, with greater road-holding capability," said Camaro Chief Engineer, Al Oppenheiser. "We applied lessons learned from extensive track testing to better refine the suspension geometry for flatter cornering, a more neutral balance during hard turns, and minimized understeer at the limit."

Changes inside the 2012 Camaro include a revised instrument panel, a new steering wheel, and a rearview camera feature that Chevrolet calls Rear Park Assist. Rear Park Assist helps drivers when reversing into parking spaces by using the rearview camera to improve rear visibility. Exterior modifications are slight, with a new rear spoiler and taillights from the RS to become standard on the 2012 Camaro.

As mentioned earlier, Chevrolet plans to release a 45th Anniversary Special Edition package for the Camaro this summer. The anniversary package includes new 20-inch wheels, hood and deck stripes, HID headlamps, red, white and blue stitching on the interior, and lots of 45th Anniversary logos throughout.

"The appeal of Camaro design and performance has powered it to the top of its segment," said Vice President of Chevrolet marketing, Rick Scheidt. "For 2012, we're capitalizing on that momentum with enhancements to Camaro's performance and comfort."

The 2012 Camaro arrives this summer.
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Topics: Convertible, Sports Coupe, Chevrolet, 2012, Camaro, Camaro SS, Camaro Convertible, Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition,

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