The fabled pony car faces an uncertain future
In June, just weeks before the long-awaited C8 Corvette debuted to great fanfare, grim rumors circulated about Chevy’s other legacy sports car — the Camaro. Reports indicated that Chevrolet will not continue the Camaro program after 2023, when the pony car’s current and sixth generation is slated to end production.
GM has not confirmed any of the news, but it wouldn’t be the first time the Camaro nameplate was shelved for an indefinite length of time — Chevy didn’t produce a Camaro from 2002 until the 2010 model year. The ‘Maro sold well upon its return and became a modern pop culture symbol thanks to a star turn as Bumblebee in the “Transformers” movies. But sales have been steadily falling now for a few years, and many figure the Camaro will soon go the way of the dodo (as many two-door sports cars have).
So, on the Camaro’s anniversary (the first production Camaro rolled off an Ohio assembly line on August 11, 1966), let’s celebrate one of Chevrolet’s defining nameplates by taking a look at a whole mess of Camaros that are available here on Turo.
The General’s pony
The Camaro was introduced for 1967 to serve as General Motors’ chief rival to the Mustang in the Pony Car Wars. Its sleek, muscular body strikes a classic silhouette — more broadly appealing than the Chevy Corvair and stylish enough to compete with the Mustang. Cameron’s beautiful 1967 Camaro convertible above has the “RS” package with the famous hidden headlights, which are objectively excellent.
Romik’s mean 1969 Pro-touring Camaro houses a swapped LS2 V8, new brakes, and suspension system. Modified muscle cars like this (“pro-tourers”) give drivers the best of both worlds — ‘60s styling with modern performance and reliability.
Arian’s 2011 Camaro SS is of the Camaro’s Bumblebee generation. The reintroduced Camaro made a big splash in the market by sticking to the tried-and-true muscle car formula — aggressive styling with retro callbacks to the ‘Maros of old, and a big, loud, 405-hp V8 under the hood.
In 2016, Chevy updated the Camaro and launched the sixth generation on its 50th birthday. It kept the same shape and general style, but got a prettier face and more sophisticated suspension components. Vitalie’s 2018 Camaro SS comes with the Redline Edition style package with black wheels, red accents, and black badges to elevate the Camaro’s visual presence even more.
Turo host Joseph has taken that idea to the next level for his 2018 Camaro SS, which has an Oracle Fir Tree Green wrap, gold HRE wheels, and carbon aero pieces. With the 1LE package and six speed manual transmission, this playful pony is the perfect weekend toy for all the gear-rowers out there.
The alpha dog of the Camaro lineup is the ZL1. In this form, the Chevy Camaro becomes a formidable sports car and a bonafide trackstar. Power in the ZL1 is supplied by a 6.2L supercharged V8 — the same engine found in the Corvette Z06 — which it rides to the tune of 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft. It runs the zero to 60 sprint in 3.4 seconds and has a top speed north of 200 mph.
These are huge numbers for a factory-stock Chevy not named Corvette, and help show how far the Camaro’s performance has come in the last decade. While we’ll still be seeing new Camaros for the next few years, its long-term future is uncertain. So, like all good things that come to an end, all we can do is enjoy it while we can. If you’ve ever been curious about what the Chevy Camaro experience is really all about, now’s the time to go and find out.