Chevrolet is paying tribute to its outgoing, fifth-generation Camaro with a new Commemorative Edition, which will debut at next week's SEMA Show in Las Vegas. This particular muscle car, while being shown as a convertible, will also be available with a fixed hardtop.
Available in both V6 and SS V8 varieties, the Commemorative Edition Camaro follows in the well-established tradition of the fifth-gen's many special editions by adding a flurry of aesthetic treatments without much in the way of performance changes. That said, it looks pretty good.
Unique 20-inch wheels that remind us of some of Hurst's classic efforts for GM, a body-color front splitter, the rear spoiler from the ZL1, a bespoke stripe pack and, of course, Commemorative Edition emblems spice up the Camaro's exterior, while the cabin is home to eye-searing Adrenaline Red-and-black leather upholstery, with red contrast stitching and other accents scattered throughout the interior.
A leather-wrapped, flat-bottomed steering wheel is a nice touch, as well.Scroll down for Chevy's full press release on the Commemorative Edition Camaro. You won't find pricing and availability in there, although it's entirely possible that that info is being reserved for the car's live debut next week.
Even if we don't uncover that in Las Vegas, we'll certainly have live photos of the latest special edition Camaro, so be sure to check back then.
Special edition celebrates culmination of segment-leading fifth-generation Camaro
LAS VEGAS – Chevrolet revealed the 2015 Camaro Commemorative Edition at the SEMA Show today. The special edition celebrates the success of the fifth-generation Camaro – which is on track to be America's best-selling performance car for five consecutive years – and marks the final year for the fifth generation. The special edition goes on sale this spring.
More than 400,000 fifth-generation Camaros have been sold since April 2009. Since then, Camaro has been America's best-selling performance car for four consecutive years. Camaro sales for the first 10 months of 2014 are up 8 percent over the same period a year ago, and Camaro currently leads Mustang by 10,000 sales – putting Camaro on track to be America's favorite performance car for a fifth consecutive year.
"The fifth-generation Camaro was a success from the moment it was introduced, in attracting both long-time Camaro fans and new buyers who have never owned a Chevrolet," said Todd Christensen, Camaro Marketing Manager. "We wanted to create a special edition Camaro that celebrates that success as the fifth generation comes to a close as the end of the model year."
The 2015 Camaro Commemorative Special Edition is available on 2LT and 2SS coupes and convertibles and includes the RS package.
The exterior features of the Commemorative Edition include unique 20-inch wheels; exclusive stripe; body-color front splitter; ZL1 rear spoiler; and Commemorative Edition fender emblems.
Five exterior color combinations are available: Black with Cyber Gray stripe, Silver Ice Metallic with Cyber Gray stripe, Summit White with silver stripe, Ashen Gray Metallic with silver stripe and Red Hot with black stripe. SS models receive a body-color hood insert.
The new Adrenaline Red interior, only offered on the Commemorative Edition, features adrenaline red and black leather seating surfaces, adrenaline red instrument panel insert and red stitching on the seats, steering wheel, shift knob, shift boot, door trim armrest and center console lid. Additional details exclusive to the Commemorative Edition include a leather-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel and Commemorative Edition sill plates.
Fifth-generation Camaro special editions
The Commemorative Edition builds on the fifth-generation Camaro's legacy of uniquely equipped, limited-run models with custom-inspired exterior and interior appointments. Previous special editions included:
• Camaro Transformers (2010 and 2012)
• Camaro Indy Pace Car (2010 and 2011)
• Camaro Synergy Series (2011)
• Camaro Neiman Marcus Edition (2011)
• Camaro Synergy Series (2012)
• Camaro 45th Anniversary (2012)
• Camaro Dusk (2013)
• Camaro Hot Wheels Edition (2013).
Since its introduction, the Camaro line has expanded to nine distinct models:
• The 323-horsepower V-6-powered LS coupe and LT coupe and convertible – including the 2LS with an EPA-rated 30 mpg on the highway – which match performance with efficiency.
• The SS coupe and convertible come with Chevy's legendary small-block V-8, featuring a 6.2L engine delivering up to 426 horsepower and 0-60 acceleration 4.7 seconds.
• The road-racing-inspired Camaro 1LE performance package for SS coupe (manual transmission only), with unique gearing, suspension tuning and tires that make it capable of more than 1 g of lateral acceleration.
• The Camaro ZL1 (coupe and convertible), which is at home on the race track, the drag strip or daily commuting. It features a supercharged 6.2L V-8 with 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft of torque – making the ZL1 the most powerful Camaro ever from Chevrolet. It is also the most technologically advanced, with standard Magnetic Ride Control and, on coupe models, Performance Traction Management.
• The Camaro Z/28 – the most track-capable Camaro ever. It features exterior elements designed like a race car to produce downforce that presses the car against the track for greater grip – up to 1.08 g in cornering acceleration – and faster lap times. Motor Trend named it their Best Driver's Car for 2014.
• Chevrolet has also offered the COPO Camaro since 2012, a hand-built race car designed exclusively for drag racing. It's the first purpose-built Camaro race car from Chevy and the quickest Camaro ever from the factory. Only 69 were built in 2012, 2013 and 2014, with 69 planned for 2015.
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