Camaro: Then And Now

This week, the L.A. Autoshow saw a number of announcements about exciting new cars, one being the brand new convertible version of the fastest-ever Camaro. Now that car lovers will be abuzz with the excitement of a new addition to the muscle car line from Chevrolet, we thought it only appropriate to look back at the first Camaro, if only to remember the “good ol’ days” as we begin to embrace the new.

The first generation Camaro was the 1967 Camaro, and by the end of the year, boasted sales which took up 3% of car sales. Impressive, right? It was Chevy’s response to the Mustang and was first introduced in September 1966 as the 1967 model. It could be had as either a sports coupe or a convertible, with the sports coupe being available in three versions: the base model, the Super Sport, and the Z/28. The original model went from 0-60 in 10.7 seconds, and by the quarter-mile hit around 77mph at 18.2 seconds.  It had a 275hp engine. Of course, those numbers varied by the style the driver had chosen. For example, the SS396 version contained a 325hp engine and got from 0-60 in 6 seconds.

Fast forward 44 years, and the engine has more than doubled in horsepower, bringing to Ford Mustang Shelby GT500the table a convertible 580hp and uses a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine from General Motors to get the job done. While its performance stats are not yet available, we’re sure this will be a fast car–the hard top ZL1 went 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds. Remember the stats on the 1967 Camaro? The new version could be around 60% faster in terms of 0-60! The hardtop also tops out around 184mph. Pricing for this new version is yet to be released, so keep your eyes and ears open for more information as it is released!

While the original Camaro was produced to answer to the Ford Mustang, this car is outshined slightly by the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, which has about 70hp more than the 2013 Camaro. However, the Camaro is certainly holding its own against the other cars announced at the L.A. Carshow. Has a newer version of your favorite muscle car caught your eye? Tell us in the comment section below!

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