The Chevrolet Camaro is a car that needs no introduction. First on the scene in 1966 as Chevrolet’s foray into the emerging pony car AKA muscle car market of that time, the Camaro has a long, storied history within the automotive industry. Reintroduced in 2010 after a slight hiatus, the current, fifth-generation used Camaro for sale checks all the boxes when it comes to making a car their customers want: aggressive, nostalgic styling and uncompromised performance. The Chevrolet Camaro SS even made our list of best used sports cars under $40,000.
When the Chevrolet Camaro introduces its V-6 engine, people were amazed by what it offered. Chevrolet managed to massage 312 horsepower out of the base 3.6-liter engine. This amount of power was on par with the V-8 muscle cars of yesteryear.
What the potent Camaro V-6 does is provide ample performance in a class that has generally seen anemic, underwhelming engines for a very long time. It brings performance to the masses in a wonderfully styled package made famous by Michael Bay’s Transformers movie franchise.
Camaro VS Mustang
The Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang is the automotive rivalry to end all rivalries. In the latest generation of fighting, the Ford Mustang always seemed to be trying to catch up to the performance prowess of the Chevrolet Camaro, regardless of trim or engine offering. When the Camaro was introduced in 2010, the Ford Mustang went with a complete powertrain upgrade for the 2011 model year just to remain competitive in the segment.
The rivalry creates a boon for customers. As the Camaro and Mustang take jabs at one another in performance, the customers inherently get better and better cars, which is a wonderful thing. The competition forces the automakers to make cars that outshine their rivals, and for those who love performance and speed at relatively affordable prices, the Mustang and Camaro rivalry is the greatest thing to happen to performance cars.
The current offerings from the fifth-generation Mustang (model years 2005-2014) are subpar to that of the Camaro. The Camaro has more powerful engines, state-of-the-art suspension components, and unique styling that has customers flocking to dealership lots.
Camaro VS Corvette
This may seem like an odd comparison, but the Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette do play in the same automotive realm at times. Take the recently introduced Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. This is a bona fide race car warmed over enough to be barely street legal.
Packing a 505-horsepower, 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 engine shared with the previous generation Corvette Z06, and with a starting price north of $70,000, the Camaro and Corvette are definitely competing on similar ground, even in the used car space, too. Take for instances the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. While it is a wonderful performance car, it still only produces 465 horsepower compared to the Z/28’s 505.
The Chevrolet Camaro may cannibalize some Corvette sales, but they are two inherently different cars with customers who have vastly different desires and checkbooks. Aside from the insane Z/28, the Camaro has not only a special place with in the Chevrolet lineup, but the larger automotive world as well.
Written by Anthony Alaniz