The Chevrolet Camaro is arguably one of the best cars of all time. There have been many many models over the last 50 years.
Below are ten of the best Camaros over the last fifty years. Do you agree with these 10? I know you have an opinion.
1970 Camaro SS
Many car enthusiasts consider the best models of Chevrolet Camaro came from its first to third generation. Particularly, the 1970 Chevrolet Camaro SS is the best for them. The 1970 model of Camaro was redesigned and even its power was revamped. The major redesigning of the Camaro was led by Pontiac Engineers who created the Pontiac Firebird.
A number of car enthusiasts doubted the new design because it might not sell well but its new big-block V8 with 350hp is one of its biggest assets. A huge upgrade from the old V6 with 135hp.
This car is one of the collectible classics of Camaro. A coupe like this was rare back in that era. During its development, its engineers finally caught the right equation in creating a legendary vehicle. The 1967 model just started the list of great Camaros.
2010 Camaro SS
After eight years of hiatus, Chevrolet decided to bring back the Camaro. The 2010 revival of Chevrolet Camaro featured a modern “retro” design and it’s packed with lots of power.
Its power is provided by the 6.2 liter V-8 with 426hp, this engine was paired with a manual gearbox. This car won the “World Car design of the year.”
1993 Camaro z/28
Many fans of Camaro are dissatisfied with its fourth generation models. Leaving out the iconic look of the original Camaro was one of the main reasons why fans didn’t love these vehicles. GM decided to move on with the new design and these models are created from GM’s plant in Quebec, Canada.
Although this car was plagued with mistakes, its LT1 V-8 with 275 horsepower provided an uplift and this car is also available with a T-Top.
2012 Camaro ZL1
This car benefited from the success of the 2010 Camaro. Chevrolet celebrated the 45th anniversary of Camaro with this stylish and perhaps, the most powerful Camaro.
The 2012 Camaro ZL1 boasts its supercharged V8 with 580hp. Its body was also modified for a better aerodynamics and so far, this Camaro is one of the performance-oriented cars Chevrolet had ever built.
1970/1971 Camaro Z/28
This Camaro is more powerful than the 1970 Camaro SS. Its power is from one of the most celebrated engines in Chevrolet’s history, the LT1 V-8.
Originally, this hand-built engine was intended to use in Corvette on 1970 but GM decided to share this engine to the already-famous Camaro. The 1970 Camaro Z/28 featured a rear stabilizer bar and upgraded disc brakes.
1985 Camaro IROC-Z
The IROC-Z was introduced in 1985 for the third generation Camaro. This performance package cost $659 and it gives a lower and better suspension for the Z28’s. Along with the upgraded suspension, its chassis was stiffened by the “wonder bar” by Chevrolet.
Almost 19,000 IROC–Zs were sold on its first year. The 190hp L69 is the best engine option for a customer who chooses the 5-speed manual transmission.
Chevrolet released the very first Camaro in 1966 to compete with the raging Ford Mustang. Originally, the 1966 Camaro was available with Sports coupe, Rally sport and Super Sport Trim options but Chevrolet feels like there is still something missing in their lineup. Chevrolet wanted to give the Camaro an attitude and that’s the reason why they created the Z/28. The “virtual race-ready” Z28 features a small block V-8 with aluminum intake and four-barrel Holly carb. It is widely believed that Chevrolet underrated this engine with only 290hp.
This car is proudly wearing its better suspension, racing stripes, special badges and 15-inch rally wheels. Only 602 units of 1967 Camaro Z/28 are built and it is one of the rarest Camaros in history.
2014 Camaro Z28
In 2014, Chevrolet did the unthinkable. They managed to duplicate the success of the first Z28 with the 2014 Camaro Z28.
This Camaro was powered by 7.0-liter dry-slump V-8 with 505 horsepower. This engine was paired with 6-speed manual.
1969 was a star-studded year for Camaro. 1969 Camaro featured several packages including Z28 and ZL1. Aside from that, 1969 was also the year when the COPO Camaro became available.
Starting in 1967, the design of Camaro along with its power became aggressive. The car transformed from being a sport coupe into a powerful muscle car and eventually, this car also won the SCCA Trans-am series in 1969.
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