50 years of the Chevrolet Camaro


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Chevrolet celebrates the first 50 years of the Camaro's life. In this first half century, the legend of the brand's sportswear has had six generations, all distinguished by a unique style.

On September 29, 1966, the Chevrolet Camaro first hit showrooms and customers were eager for its introduction to the new sports car segment. In its first year on the market, the Chevrolet Camaro was a success with nearly 221,000 units sold, establishing a very important role in American culture.

From then on it became, over the years, an icon of sports cars that passed through six generations, each with a unique design and style that allowed it to always stand out in its segment.

FIRST GENERATION: 1966-1969
The original Z / 28 was born in the era of the Muscle Car, as the fad for track wars and road racing grew by the day. This generation was also Pace car twice in the Indy 500, first in 1967 and then in 1969.

SECOND GENERATION: 1970-1981
This was the longest and most successful stage for the Chevrolet Camaro, despite multiple industry changes that saw the power of high-performance vehicles such as the Z28 significantly erode. A new structure made the Chevrolet Camaro offer a slightly wider and lower footprint, attributes that gave it the characteristics of excellent handling. In 1979 Chevrolet Camaro had its best year when 282,571 units were sold, including about 85,000 copies of the Z28 version.

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THIRD GENERATION: 1982-1992
The third-generation Camaro introduced an entirely new architecture, with McPherson strut front suspension. The chassis system turned a vehicle already known for its drivability into a track machine, which was taken to its peak with the special 1LE package, introduced in 1988. The aggressive styling complemented its performance and it was also the first Camaro. hatchback. The 28 model Z / 1982 was named "Car of the Year" by Motor Trend.

FOURTH GENERATION: 1993-2002
Performance improved for this fourth generation, with a higher-powered chassis and engines than the previous generation. The exterior evolved with more dramatic proportions, including a different windshield that gave it a more elegant profile. The front end was redesigned in 1998 and, along with the introduction of the iconic LS1 V-8 engine, gave the Z28 and SS models a performance reminiscent of the heyday of the Muscle car.

FIFTH GENERATION: 2010-2015
The seven years that elapsed between the fourth and the fifth generation (which was introduced in 2009 as a 2010 model) doesn't seem so long, but it was an eternity talking about the automotive world. Chevrolet opted for a more robust design in this new generation, which managed to outperform its main competitor for 5 years, selling more than 500.000 units. It also spawned a new 1LE, and the Z / 28 and ZL1 models.

SIXTH GENERATION: 2016 +
The Camaro Six brought the highest ever levels of performance, technology and refinement to the market, all in a stronger and lighter architecture, helping it win the 2016 Car of the Year award from Motor Trend. For 2017, the 1LE and ZL1 models will debut in the United States, the latter powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine estimated at 640 hp and with a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

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