The fact the next-generation Camaro will replace the current model for the 2016 model year is no longer a mystery, but Chevrolet has finally made things official, confirming that 2015 will be last year on the market for the fifth-gen pony . The announcement, which came with a shorts list of updates — basically just one new color — for the 2015 Camaro , was quite brief and lacked any details on the redesigned model. However, previous reports have suggested the Camaro will get a new platform and an evolutionary styling that’s pretty familiar to customers.
Of course, the 2016 Camaro will get plenty of powertrain updates, with more horsepower coming out of its V-6 and V-8 engines, and possibly with the Corvette’s seven-speed manual transmission offered as standard. Interior revisions may include more soft-touch materials and premium surfaces, and loads of technology that will help the Camaro catch up with the 2015 Mustang .
As for the 2015 model, there are no horsepower improvements on the horizon, with all the current models to keep their respective specs and configurations. The main novelty is a new Blue Velvet Metallic color to the existing palette. With no significant updates on the table, pricing for the 2015 Camaro lineup is likely to remain nearly unchanged.
Click past the jump to read more about the current Chevrolet Camaro.
Why It Matters
2016 may be more than a year away, but the next-generation Camaro is just around the corner. With production and sales to commence in 2015, Chevy will probably unveil the brand-new pony at the Detroit Auto Show in January. This means we have until the end of the year to ogle at spy shots, renderings and any info that may leak onto the Internet. And we know they will.
The fifth-generation Camaro went on sale in the 2010 model year and marked the nameplate’s return to the lineup after a seven-year hiatus. The current pony is retailed with a choice of V-6 and V-8 engines with outputs ranging from 323 to 580 horsepower. The ZL1 is the most powerful model you can get, and it sports a supercharged, 6.2-liter mill that delivers 580 ponies. Chevrolet also sells a track-capable Z/28 version that features a naturally aspirated, 7.0-liter V-8 rated at 505 horsepower.
Gallery Chevrolet Camaro SS
With a new appearance and new features introduced in 2014, the Camaro lineup rolls into 2015 – its final year in the fifth generation – focused on delivering the balance of style, performance and efficiency that has helped make it the segment’s best seller four years running and Chevrolet America’s best-selling brand of performance cars.
The 2015 Camaro lineup includes coupe and convertible body styles in these models:
The 323-horsepower (241 kW) V-6-powered LS coupe and LT coupe and convertible – including the 2LS with an EPA-rated 30 mpg on the highway
The Camaro SS coupe and convertible, with a 6.2L V-8 delivering up to 426 horsepower (318 kW)
The road-racing-inspired Camaro 1LE performance package with unique gearing, suspension tuning and tires that make the model capable of more than 1 g of lateral acceleration
The 580-horsepower supercharged Camaro ZL1 coupe and convertible. (Please see the separate Camaro ZL1 release for complete details.)
The track-capable Camaro Z/28 (coupe only), featuring the 7.0L LS7 engine rated at an SAE-certified 505 horsepower. (Please see the separate Camaro Z/28 release for complete details.)
Chevrolet’s color touch radio with MyLink infotainment is available on LT, SS and ZL1 models. The color touch radio, with a seven-inch touch screen, also can be paired with an available in-dash GPS navigation system.
Camaro adds a new exterior color to its palette in 2015: Blue Velvet Metallic.