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First Look: 45th Anniversary Chevy Camaro

2012 to bring special anniversary edition muscle car.

by on Apr.13, 2011

The 2012 Chevy Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition gets unique details -- and 11 more horsepower.

It’s apparently not enough to be king-of-the-hill for the first time in decades.  To celebrate its 45th birthday, Chevrolet wants to give Camaro some more muscle.

The maker is unveiling a special 45th anniversary edition for 2012, featuring an array of distinguishing touches, including unique red stripes, silver-trimmed fog and taillight bezels and special 20-inch wheels.

The special package will boast a jet-black leather interior, with a special 45th anniversary logo framed in patriotic red, white and blue, as well as distinctive white gauges.

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But what should make a real splash is the upgrade in the 45th Anniversary Chevy Camaro’s drivetrain.  The new 3.6-liter V6 engine, a direct injection powerplant dubbed the LFX, is set to be rated at 323 horsepower.  That’s up 11 from the current version – but perhaps more importantly, it’s also 18 hp over the V6 Ford Mustang.  Notably, Chevy promises fuel economy will remain the same for 2012, with a 30 mpg highway rating.

The automotive equivalent of the Hatfields v McCoys feud took an unexpected turn, last year, with Camaro taking down Mustang for the first time since 1985.  That’s all the more impressive when you consider Chevy only had the Camaro Coupe – in various trim – to challenge Ford with.