Back in the 60s, Chevrolet teased the muscle-car market for the coming of an icon. Fast forward to the release, the Chevrolet Camaro instantly received praise as a promising car that will definitely leave a mark in automotive history. It always had the Ford Mustang on its sights as its main competition. As Chevrolet fought to outdo its rival, not only did it manage to keep the battle tight, but it also put the Camaro in its rightful place as one of the iconic American cars of all time.
First generation (1967-1969):
A small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs
Because of the Chevrolet Corvair's weakness compared to the popularity of the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet needed to develop a car that can stand head-to-head with the popular pony. With this desire came the creation of the Chevrolet Camaro. The first generation Camaro came as a 2+2 coupe or a convertible on the new GM rear-wheel drive, front-engine platform. Its inline-6 or V8 engine power ranged from 146 to 275 horsepower depending on the trim. Front suspension used A-arms while the rear had a solid suspension with leaf springs. When asked what Camaro meant, Chevy-execs said it's
a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs. Packaged in a low, sleek, and sporty exterior, the Chevrolet Camaro was an outstanding alternative to its rival.
Second generation (1970-1981): Improving on an already great car
What Chevrolet did to inject something new in these model-years was to simply improve on what's already there. It still had a 2+2 coupe variant (no convertible). Parts were tweaked for better handling and engines became more powerful with 375 horsepower. As much as Chevy wanted to go higher, power was limited as the 70s was also a time for stricter emission measures and the fuel crisis. The body was slightly modified to get an improved, cool, and sporty look that made the 1st generation very appealing.
Third generation (1982-1992): Camaro reaches 2 decades-old
Some major changes were done on the Camaro through these years. Engines were equipped with new a fuel injection system. A 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission was offered. The front suspension used a modified MacPherson system while the rear used coil springs instead of leafs. It was also smaller and lighter than its predecessors. During this generation, 20th and 25th-anniversary commemorative models were made to celebrate the long history the Camaro has had.
Fourth generation (1993-2002): Nearing perfection
The 4th generation Camaro had little new to offer. Other than a sleeker finish, upgraded suspension and steering, and many other minor changes, the car was pretty similar to the previous generation. After four continuous generations, production was stopped for a couple of years.
Fifth generation (2009-2012): Returning icon
It was a long time coming. After 7 long years, the Camaro was reintroduced to the market for its 5th generation. The car is mostly based on the 2006 and 2007 Camaro Convertible Concept car. As a coupe or convertible, it used the new GM Zeta platform, a meaner engine, an improved transmission, and unquestionable good looks. The car was really new and improved that it was even named the World Car Design of the Year for 2010 at the World Car of the Year Awards.