2012 Chevy Camaro: Ch-Ch-Changes


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.

2012 Chevy Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition

2012 Chevy Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition

2012 Chevy Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition

2012 Chevy Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition

2012 Chevy Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition

2012 Chevy Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition

2012 Chevy Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition

2012 Chevy Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition

By David Thomas | April 13, 2011 | Comments (16)



Why do they insist on using that Equinox et al steering wheel in the Camaro? Is it really that hard and expensive to use a unique Camaro steering wheel?

John Madden

I gotta be honest, the interior doesn't look all that different.


No downer or critcism here, but with gas prices climbing the way they are (and will continue to rise for quite some time), why are the automakers making such a big deal with increasing horsepower with their musclecars?
The more hp the more fuel wasted. And not everyone wants to drive about with 323 horses under hood.
It's good that these musclecars have some punch powerwise, of course. But this is getting a little overdone, over baked, IMHO.
What GM should do is introduce another model, an entry level six cylinder around 250 or so, so one can have the look of the Camaro without the added expenses of a power hog such as this...especially now!
Just my POV.

Troy S.

I agree with you 100% Alladin.

yeah but the 2011 gets 18/29 mpg with over 300 hp!!! that's insanely good mileage for that power. A Camry V-6 is rated 20/29!

Say what you want about the Camaro's flaws but mileage vs. power ratings isn't one of them.


DT, Why you compare camaro vs camry in mpg terms... im sure you know the mpg on the malibu v6 and by the way those mpg numbers in the new camaro are better than my 06 ACCORD EX-L V6 but anyway they are not the same category im just saying


he's comparing them to show that the camaro can pull of fuel economy numbers similar to a mid-sized family sedan..which is very impressive for a 300+hp muscle car...the reason for the comparison seems pretty obvious.


I've had both the Camaro and Mustang V6's for long-term rentals on business trips. Surprisingly the Mustang is a very good daily driver. I was surprised how comfortable the car was. The Camaro had a low quality uncomfortable interior.
Although I would never buy either car as I can afford better the Mustang is a much better car.


Say what you guys want, the 2012 Camaro is one badass lookin car. Haters gon hate.

Scott Harward

I am a 2011 convertible Camaro owner and the gas mileage was the last thing I was interested in. If you want a muscle car then buy a muscle car, if you want something with great gas mileage and only 250 horsepower buy a Mini Cooper.


i've driven both the '12 mustang v6 and camaro rs and the mustang, to me, is rediculously cramped and the interior is undercooked. actually, the '07 mustang felt less crowded than the current edition. the camaro was more comfortable by far. and the gas mileage for a 300hp performer was great in the camaro. like what you like but the camaro looks and feels better in my opinion

And let's not forget the introduction of the top performing Camaro ever, the ZL1, later in the year. It will be equipped with a modified version of the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 found in the Corvette ZR1 and Cadillac CTS-V and will pump out a massive 570 horsepower.


i love the camaros. i do have a 93 . but, i would love this 45th anni. one under my tree, also a gorgouse guy with only a bow on. haha


i just bought a 2012 and its been in the shop 2 times and it only has 600 miles on it junk


anybody else have any trouble with mass air flow sencer and now the trans is clunking when i push in the clutch its in the shop more than the driveway i think im becoming a ford fan fast anybody want to trade


I'll trade ya. Have a 94' Ford. Gimme!!!

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