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I realize that Dodge has gone Euro-trash, but does GM really have to follow suit?? The fuckin hood stripes are ridiculous!! And talk about the lamest anniversary badging ever!












2012 Chevrolet Camaro Gets 45th Anniversary Edition, Face Lift, and 323-hp V-6 - Gallery - 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Gets 45th Anniversary Edition, Face Lift, and 323-hp V-6 - Car News

The first time we experienced a major oil shock—the Disco-fabulous 1970s—it eviscerated the muscle-car scene, leaving us with neutered behemoths constructed with all the care of a North Korean knock-off Benz. In comparison, as today’s crude oil and prices at the pump again head north, muscle-car fans are still coming out winners. Ford’s Mustang Boss 302 is a track-attacking monster. And now Chevy is actually increasing the standard horsepower in its base V-6 2012 Camaro, from 312 to 323, while maintaining a 30-mpg highway rating.
Happy Birthday to You
For the hard-core Camaro community, though, the bigger news is the 45th Anniversary Edition Camaro. While a 45th birthday is less noteworthy than a 50th, who wants to wait another five years? By then, the Camaro will probably be a wheatgrass-electric hybrid. The 45th Anniversary package is available for the top-spec Camaro regardless of engine, and dresses up the car’s exterior with asymmetric hood and trunk-lid stripes, new-design 20-inch rims, a spoiler, and HID headlamps. Inside, the package splatters 45th Anniversary logos all over the place—seats, dash, instrument panel, steering wheel, sill plates—and trims the seats, steering wheel, shift boot, armrests, and center console in red, white, and blue contrast stitching. Disappointingly—but not surprisingly—it offers no performance upgrades. It should, however, look very sharp at the local Sunday-morning car club, alongside owners clad in Camaro hats, T-shirts, and windbreakers, clutching Camaro key chains and Camaro thermoses.
As for that smaller engine, GM’s 3.6-liter V-6 is its workhorse, powering everything from the Cadillac SRX (as of yesterday) to the Buick LaCrosse. The Camaro’s version is now dubbed LFX (in the past it was called LLT), and it makes 323 hp versus last year’s 312. The engine has longer-duration camshafts and an improved head design with larger intake valves. It drops 21 pounds, mostly thanks to a composite (read: plastic) intake manifold and lighter connecting rods, and Chevy says it is still good for 30 mpg on the highway.





On the dynamic front, engineers went to work on the chassis, sorting the stiff ride of the V-8-powered Camaro SS. The new suspension features retuned front and rear dampers, and new solid anti-roll bars front and rear. You know the drill though—we’ll believe it when we drive it.
Bye, Bye, Miss Steering-Wheel Pie
General Motors was also kind enough to clean up the Camaro’s interior for 2012. Most notably, the deep-dish steering wheel—the bane of people everywhere who like steering wheels—is gone, replaced with Chevrolet’s corporate tiller. The gauges dump the retro font from last year’s car, and the monolithic slab of cheap plastic that used to span the majority of the dash has been replaced with several smaller panels. (We just hope the quality is better.) To deal with the Camaro’s pillbox-inspired visibility problems, Chevy added a standard rear spoiler. Since there will now be absolutely no rearward visibility, a rearview camera system is available; it displays the image on a screen located in the rearview mirror.
If visibility is the only compromise we have to make with the new Camaro—and Chevrolet seems to be trying hard to provide it all in terms of power and economy—then it’s just another welcome sign that the 2010s will be a lot gentler on the auto industry than were the ’70s.
 

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Gotta say, that looks like it could be done for $200. Where's the new grill? The new bodykit, the new hood, new wheels (Those are just concave, whereas stocks are convex). Where's something?????
 

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well as far as the wheels, in the automotive industry these days, if it's different, it's new. As for the rest that you're looking for, it sounds like your describing the SS, or more directly, the ZL1, and this aint it. The anniversary addition is just an appearance package that can be added to any trim level. Much like the transformers edition I would imagine.
 

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now if they only would have allowed the addition of the 50th to any trim of the 2008 Impala
 

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well as far as the wheels, in the automotive industry these days, if it's different, it's new. As for the rest that you're looking for, it sounds like your describing the SS, or more directly, the ZL1, and this aint it. The anniversary addition is just an appearance package that can be added to any trim level. Much like the transformers edition I would imagine.
That's not my point. My point is this is a halfassed attempt to get more sales. Hell, I could slap some limited edition badges on my car and it'd be a better package. Atleast mines got a lot of custom pieces and it's not some vinyl, differrent cut alloy, and a few badges. That's a pitiful marketing strategy that they're doing. That's why the 45th is so random, they wanted a number on the 5s and wanted their cash now not 2017......
 

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i must agree, i dont care if they handle or fast they just dont do a thing for me,they dont even look like a old z side by side. if i had the money one of them cost id find a old z like the one i had back in the early 70's and up grade it toward a pro street better handling and newer eng ,tranny etc, at lease that would turn heads. these new one look like everything else,an other reason for the 6 gen bbody in today world:)
 

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i must agree, i dont care if they handle or fast they just dont do a thing for me,they dont even look like a old z side by side. if i had the money one of them cost id find a old z like the one i had back in the early 70's and up grade it toward a pro street better handling and newer eng ,tranny etc, at lease that would turn heads. these new one look like everything else,an other reason for the 6 gen bbody in today world:)
When these old ones came out, they looked like everything else then. They were a muscle car. The big 3 all had them. As much as I love the old ones, by the late '60s/early 70's, these were just another car. Heck, the big change for the F body in 1970 was inpsired by european sports cars. So why should it be different now?
 

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haha, let's face it, there's nothing conservative about it's core styling, it's very aggressive and mean, but the Euro-trash graphics are a far departure from it's core roots as well..I dunno....it's just crazy talk to me....and worse, in a few years they will be doing another anniversary edition and I'm sure it will make this one look reeeeaaaalllly weak!
 

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To deal with the Camaro’s pillbox-inspired visibility problems, Chevy added a standard rear spoiler. Since there will now be absolutely no rearward visibility, a rearview camera system is available; it displays the image on a screen located in the rearview mirror.
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it's so...... empty.... I don't really like the design to begin with so I was looking forward to some change... guess not. I think if the stripe was more uniform- from front to back, and with the "45" in the middle or something, it'd be cooler.

The interior, not a big fan- the "45" is a little too "in your face". Maybe a logo in the dash and headrests, but not on the whole damn seat. I've never really been a camaro fan to begin with, but this is a total step or two down.

I have a confession to make... I'm actually a Mopar guy so don't talk shit about the challenger and Dodge Sellin' out to the Euro style :p

I'm on this forum because I was given a chevy for my first car, I learned to drive on 2 chevys, and all we have registered and on the road are 2 chevys, soon mine, and then my uncle's Blazer... Dad's got a '74 plymouth 'Cuda in the garage, but that's another forum... here's that story: 1974 'Cuda on it's way to new life... just a few speed bumps


so now that you know my life story, Summary: "45th Anni- Camaro= Crap, Challenger= Cool, and now I have no idea if I want a chevy bow tie or a dodge crest tattoo"... lol
 

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Still kickin the bottom of the food chain? Mustang that much better, huh? :p

It's ok, I'm a Ford guy. I'd rather a Mustang than a Camaro, but to each his own.
 

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Still kickin the bottom of the food chain? Mustang that much better, huh? :p

It's ok, I'm a Ford guy. I'd rather a Mustang than a Camaro, but to each his own.
Well actually that Mustang commercial made me want one for a while and I checked- I can get more for the price that I'd pay for a challenger... but the Challenger's style is better :p

my neighbor actually has a friend who gets GM press cars to test- he got the new Caddy before anyone else in New York had one (don't know about anywhere else) and he wrote to GM about it (he's not a journalist, just a guy who was on Bullrun), and now they gave him the brand new Corvette Grand Sport Convertible- he showed up yesterday with it. He says he'd take the Challenger over any other car any day for a cross country trip, but he wouldn't take it to the track (he's also a pro track racer). So I dunno, I'm really split on this one...

As mentioned, I want a tattoo, but now I can't decide- Maybe I'll do half bow tie and then a lightning bolt down the middle and then dodge logo on the other side :p
 

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It really is half assed. Good looking car with a sloppy idea. The bowtie could ve used a different color.

Take off the pinstripes all together. And get with SLP for a performance/ appearance type of hood.

GM is too damn conservative!!!
 

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Celebrating the 45th anniversary is pointless... and i agree with Don its a really cheap way to boost market sales. They better have something much better in store for the 50th anniversary otherwise i'm going to be extremely let down..
I say 25th, 50th, 75th, and 100th (and so on) anniversary cars are the only important ones. Down the road, NOBODY will want these things. They'll only want the 50's
 

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I hate to break that news to my friend who just bought a 40th anniversary vette.
 
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