There were some working in the halls of General Motors' rescue partner, the federal government, who felt that a V8-powered coupe like the Chevrolet Camaro was the wrong car at the wrong time. Clearly the American consumer felt differently, and has proven so by voting with their hard-earned dollars. The Camaro is a hit, evoking all the good emotions of an earlier time while winning the hearts of a new generation of car enthusiast. Not that it's the kind of thing that drives such passion for cars like these, but the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS can now also lay claim to the title of best high-performance car when it comes to resale value.
With a 426-horsepower LS3 V8 paired to a six-speed manual transmission, power and torque are effortless and ever-present, enabling zero-to-60-mph acceleration in a swift 4.4 seconds. Beyond plentiful horsepower the 2012 Camaro SS breaks with tradition by offering a multi-link rear suspension instead of a live axle, making the newest generation Camaro much more at home on twisty or less-than-pristine roads.
From where we sit the Chevy Camaro is a design tour de force. GM designers told us it was difficult to produce some of the Camaro's more daring body panels using factory stamping techniques, but in the end GM production engineers were able to make it happen. After a couple years on the market the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro still turns heads, looking modern, aggressive and classic, all at the same time.
For fans of fast cars, the strong performance-per-dollar ratio of the 2012 Chevy Camaro SS is hard to ignore. With concept car looks and 426 horsepower underhood, the V8-equipped SS has a base price approaching $32,000.