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Interior, Exterior and Technology Updates for the 2012 Camaro
The 2012 model year brings appearance, ergonomic and technology upgrades inside
for Camaro drivers and passengers. The interior updates include a revised
instrument panel appearance, with new instrument graphics and trim, as well as a
new steering wheel design and a power lift feature for the front passenger seat.
The steering wheel features a fresh new look and ergonomic improvements intended
to support performance driving.
Also new for Camaro in 2012 is a Rear
Vision Package, which adds a rearview camera system and an auto-dimming mirror
to the existing Rear Park Assist feature. The rearview camera system complements
the rear parking assist by providing a video display of the area behind the car,
with the video image appearing in the car's inside rearview mirror.
the exterior for 2012, a new rear spoiler will be added as a standard feature
for Camaro; and the taillamps that had been a part of the RS appearance package
option are also being made standard. Additionally, a new, body-color "sharkfin"
antenna joins the RS package.
Crystal Red Tintcoat replaces Red Jewel as
an exterior color.
Class-Leading 3.6L V-6 Engine
new 3.6L direct injection V-6 - the LFX engine - goes into production this
summer. It delivers an SAE-certified 323 horsepower at 6,800 rpm - an increase
of 11 horsepower over the 2011 engine, with no compromise in fuel economy.
The LFX delivers the most standard power in the regular sports car segment.
It is also 20.5 pounds (9.3 kg) lighter than its predecessor, which promotes a
more balanced driving experience. EPA-estimated highway fuel economy for the '12
Camaro is 30 mpg (2LS model).
Direct injection is the key technology
enabling the engine's combination of power and efficiency. It optimizes fuel
delivery to the combustion chamber by introducing fuel closer to the combustion
chamber. The result is better efficiency in the combustion process leading to
increased fuel efficiency at part and full throttle. It also uses a new fuel
pump for the direct injection system, along with a new, isolated fuel rail. The
new fuel pump is quieter, while the isolated fuel rail further reduces fuel
FE4 Suspension Enhances Performance
FE4 suspension debuts as a performance improvement for the Camaro SS coupe in
2012, focusing on more refined handling.
"Our objective was to create a
more precise sport suspension for the SS coupe, with greater road-holding
capability," said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. "We applied lessons
learned from extensive track testing to better refine the suspension geometry
for flatter cornering, a more neutral balance during hard turns, and minimized
understeer at the limit."
Elements of the FE4 package include:
- Retuned front and rear dampers
- New solid front (23 mm) and rear (24 mm) stabilizer bars
- Twenty-inch aluminum wheels and 245/45 R20 front and 275/40 R20 rear
More than just new components, the new FE4 performance suspension
incorporates learning from the ongoing development of the high-performance
Camaro ZL1. In particular, the suspension geometry has been adjusted, including
reshaped stabilizer bars that are repositioned outboard of the shock mounts.
This results in more effective body control and more precise response in
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