2012 Chevrolet Camaro

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Pros: Exterior looks, Modern and refined chassis; ZL1 performance; Monster engines

Cons: Heavy; Poor outward visibility; Interior space, quality and style

Body Styles, Trims & Options
The 2012 Chevy Camaro can be had in a coupe or a soft-top convertible- both available with a dizzying array of trim levels and available options. It puts style ahead of practicality that hurts things like interior space and outward visibility, but Camaro fans are unlikely to care. Fans will most likely be more interested in the new super-powered ZL1 version more than anything else.  The base models do have at least one thing going for them though- a lighter, more powerful 3.6L V6 engine that delivers 323 horsepower without compromising fuel economy with 18mpg city and 30mpg highway. Be that as it may, its interior quality is a different story. Overall, the cabin is very convincing, but inconsistent fit and finish materials and awkward design lags behind what is offered in its competition. Nonetheless, if you are someone who is looking for style coupled with a well-founded legacy and loads of street presence, no other vehicle in this class does it better than the Camaro.

The ZL1 has been developed around the track to hopefully put the Camaro’s criticisms to rest once and for all. It cranks out a whopping 580 horsepower with its 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine, making the ZL1 the quickest and most capable Camaro ever. The ZL1 also boasts additional unique upgrades such as adaptive suspension dampers, Brembo® brakes, a dual-mode exhaust, performance tires, and a sportier steering wheel.  Its exterior styling features a functional carbon-fiber air extractor on the hood as well as unique front and rear fascia’s. Inside, you will find microfiber suede like upholstery and red accent stitching. The ZL1’s robust V8 features an intercooled Eaton® Supercharger that gives it additional thrust and force.  This uniquely designed supercharger enables a broad range of power through the rpm band and gives the engine great low-end torque and exceptional horsepower at a range where most supercharges tend to lose their effectiveness.  The ZL1 is also outfitted with a Performance Traction Management system with 5 selectable modes ranging from wet active handling to race active handling to help manage rpm limit and wheel slip to provide the best acceleration in all situations. The ZL1 is top of the line, but if you are a more wallet conscious shopper, you may want to stick with a friendlier priced LT, LS, or SS.

Standard equipment found on the 2012 LS include 18 inch steel wheels, four-way manual front seats with power recline, a 6-speaker sound system, Bluetooth®, OnStar®, an auxiliary audio jack, and satellite radio as well as various other creature comforts. The 1LT adds 18 inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, 8-way power adjustable seats and is eligible for the Convenience and Connectivity package which includes remote ignition, an iPod® interface, and a leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. Upgrading to the 2LT will add items such as 19 inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and drivers side mirror, additional gauges that display oil temperature and transmission temperature, a head-up display, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics sound system.  The SS is equipped similarly to the 1LT but adds a 6.2 liter V8 engine that offers 426hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque that can be matted to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The SS also adds a set of eye pleasing 20 inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, and a leather wrapped steering wheel.

The RS package adds 20 inch wheels and xenon headlights and is available on all trims except the LS and ZL1. A variety of exterior strips and trim pieces are available on all trim levels while the sunroof is optional on all coupes except for the LS. There is also a 45th Anniversary package that is available on the 2LT and 2SS which includes Carbon Flash paint with red/charcoal stripping, exclusive 20 inch wheels, black leather upholstery with accent stitching, and embroidered logos along with suitable badges.

Warranty Information
Every new Camaro offers an impressive 100,000 mile/5-year Transferable Powertrain Warranty with no deductible; a 100,000 mile/5-year 24/7 Roadside Assistance program; a 100,000/5-year 24/7 Courtesy Transportation program; a 3-year/36,000 mile Bumper-To-Bumper New Vehicle Limited Warranty; and a 6-year/100,000 mile Corrosion Protection.

MSRP

Trim MSRP
1LS 3.6L 323-hp V6 $23,280.00
2LS 3.6L 323-hp V6 $24,480.00
1LT 3.6L 323-hp V6 $25,280.00
2LT 3.6L 323-hp V6 $28,430.00
1SS 6.2L 426-hp V8 $31,930.00
2SS 6.2L 426-hp V8 $35,530.00
Convertible 1LT 3.6L 323-hp V6 $30,180.00
Convertible 2LT 3.6L 323-hp V6 $34,180.00
Convertible 1SS 6.2L 426-hp V8 $37,980.00
Convertible 2SS 6.2L 426-hp V8 $40,680.00
Coupe ZL1 $54,995.00

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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