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Can you guess the price of the first Camaro and how it compares to the 2022 Chevy Camaro? Making its debut in 1966, the Camaro was priced at $2,466 and embodied Chevy’s vision to deliver high-performance vehicles at affordable prices. By today’s standards, the 1966 Camaro’s price tag is equivalent to $21,000, which makes the 2022 Camaro’s starting price of $25,000 truly remarkable, especially when you consider how much more the new model has to offer.
It’s hard to fully appreciate the 2022 Camaro without knowing exactly where it came from and the odds it beat in the 1960s to become one of the most iconic sports cars in America. Surprisingly, the Camaro was late to the game after Ford debuted the Mustang in 1964. The Mustang transformed the American automotive industry and caught every major automaker off guard with its ability to deliver performance and luxury at an affordable price.
Chevy rushed to give the Mustang a run for its money and spent two years designing a competitor. Taking inspiration from the 1965 Chevy II Nova, the Camaro was officially born in 1966 and laid the foundation for one of the biggest rivalries on American roads. Today, the 2022 Camaro continues that rivalry and proves that it’s still ready, thrilling, and able after nearly 60 years in America.
Close your eyes and count to four: one, one-thousand, two, one-thousand, three, one-thousand, four, one-thousand. By the time you reach “four,” the 2022 Camaro has launched from 0 to 60 mph with a jaw-dropping rush that’s left you breathless in the driver’s seat. Taking only 3.5 seconds to reach this standard milestone, the Camaro is a force of nature and delivers the performance and firepower that legends are made of.
This track-inspired capability starts with four available powertrains on the 2022 Camaro lineup. The LS and LT come standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection engine with variable valve timing that makes the powertrain incredibly efficient and powerful. The engine churns out 275 horses and 295 lb-ft of torque with a launch from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. For everyday driving where launch times aren’t a priority, the 2.0-liter-equipped Camaro averages an impressive 30 MPG on the highway.
Next in the Camaro’s powertrain lineup is the 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 that can be mated to a 10-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission. The engine delivers even more power than the standard 2.0-liter, which means faster acceleration and responsiveness. This power translates to 335 horses and 284 lb-ft of torque for a launch from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds.
The real power comes in Chevy’s two available 6.2-liter engines. The 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine is standard on the Camaro LT1 and the SS, both of which take performance and speed to the next level. The engine churns out 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque for a 4.0-second launch from 0 to 60 mph that will put a smile on your face in record time.
Just when you thought the Camaro couldn’t get any better, Chevy ups the ante with the ZL1’s 6.2-liter LT4 Supercharged V8. Paired with either a 6-speed manual or 10-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, the V8 gets its name from its 1.7-liter Eaton supercharger that brings the engine to life and delivers 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. This sheer power makes the Camaro incredibly fast to accelerate on the starting line with a launch from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it!
Muscle cars like the Camaro are beloved because they offer endless options for customization. The same is true for the Camaro’s 2022 lineup that starts with the LS at $25,000 and is followed by the LT, 2LT, 3LT, LT1, 1SS, 2SS, and ZL1. The LS is a bare-bones Camaro that comes with LED lighting, 18-inch wheels, and the standard 2.0-liter turbo engine, which the LT builds on with the addition of the Chevrolet 3 infotainment system and rear vision camera. The 2LT adds another level of luxury with heated and ventilated leather seating and dual-zone automatic climate control with the 3LT equipping the pony car with an 8-inch touchscreen display, Bose premium sound system, customizable interior lighting, and a suite of safety features.
The LT1 and 1SS deliver more power with the 6.2-liter V8 engine under their hoods. The LT1 adds unique fender badging and black Chevy bowtie emblems, while the 1SS is focused more on performance with 20-inch tires, Brembo brakes, and LED lights. The 2SS adds heated and ventilated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen display, and a Bose premium audio system. The top-tier ZL1 is entirely built for performance with the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 under the hood along with a dual-mode exhaust.
The Camaro fleet is exciting as it is, especially with the addition of new models like the Redline Edition and the Shock and Steel Special Edition. But, Chevy knows that pony car drivers love to customize rigs like the Camaro, which is the inspiration behind the Camaro’s six unique design packages. Three design packages are available on the LT, LT1, and SS that add everything from unique fender badging and wheels to center striping, a suede-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, and a black fuel-filler door with a carbon-fiber insert.
When you opt for the Camaro ZL1, you can add the ZL1 1LE Extreme Track Performance Package that adds 19-inch low gloss black-painted forged-aluminum wheels, Brembo brakes with red-painted calipers, a Performance copper-free brake system, low-gloss black exterior mirrors, a unique front splitter, a satin black hood wrap, and an exposed-weave carbon fiber hood insert and rear wing. You can customize the Camaro SS with the SS 1LE Track Performance Package that adds a satin black hood wrap, black mirrors, rear spoiler, front splitter, and RECARO performance seats. The package also adds Magnetic Ride Control for better ride quality, 20-inch satin graphite forged aluminum wheels, and Brembo brakes for better stopping power.
The RS package is available on the LT and LT1 models and gives you the option to add a few more amenities to these entry-level models. The package includes high-intensity LED headlamps, black bowtie emblems, dark-tinted tail lamps, 20-inch machined wheels on the LT, and a polished black grille with chrome lower inserts. These details further distinguish the Camaro LT and LT1 from the rest of the lineup.
The 1966 Camaro was innovative for its time, and the same can be said for the 2022 Camaro that’s laden with intuitive technology meant to keep you connected, informed, and safe when you’re behind the wheel. The Camaro’s digital cockpit puts everything you need within eyesight or reach, starting with the available head-up display that projects a transparent readout of vital data like your speed, fuel level, and rpm. The center touchscreen display adds to this by giving you access to the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration that connects your smartphone to the Camaro and gives you access to Alexa Built-In and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Because the Camaro is meant to perform, Chevy gives you plenty of tools to help you succeed on the track. The Performance Data Recorder is a great option if you’re planning to race since the tool records videos and real-time performance data that you can later analyze to determine areas that need improvement. Launch Control is another performance-focused tool that allows you to customize how the Camaro SS or the Camaro ZL1 launches from the starting line. The tool lets you adjust the Camaro’s launch rpm to mitigate wheel slippage for optimal acceleration. You can even customize the feature with the Line Lock tool that locks the front wheels, causing the rear wheels to spin and warm for maximum traction at launch.
When you’re not racing on a closed track, you’ll still have plenty of control with the Driver Mode Selector. The tool allows you to select from various standard drive modes like Sport, Snow/Ice, Tour, and Track, depending on the trim. These modes customize how the Camaro performs on various terrain, delivering four distinct driving experiences that reflect the Camaro’s versatility and capability.
Aside from performance-focused technology, the Camaro is also equipped with a variety of safety and driver-assist technologies that are designed to give you the confidence you need when you’re behind the wheel. These tools range from the standard rear vision camera that gives you a clear view behind the Camaro to enhanced tools like Rear Park Assist that makes parking easier. Other tools include Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Forward Collision Alert, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, all of which are ideal when navigating busy city streets or highway traffic.