Chevrolet unveils Camaro sportscar European edition (Photos)

The new Chevrolet Camaro model has left Oshawa Ontario plant and is on its way to European markets. While the vehicle looks similar in all respects to its American counterpart, there are some changes that deserve a mention. For starters the European Camaro comes with one piece LED taillights using LED technology for a sportier look with reverse indicators integrated into centre of taillight lens.

American Camaro have backup lights on outer corners of the lower façade while European version has different rear lighting setup. Besides the SS moniker is absent from the European model as there is only one trimline being offered.

Another interesting difference between European and American models is that the European models do not offer entry level 3.6 liter V6 which is solely for American consumption. Only a pair of V8 engines is available in the LS3 models fitted with manual transmission.

Besides these differences, power figures for the US markets, the European Camaro coupes and convertibles will have enhanced power with LS3 offering 432 hp and L99 offering 405 hp, these figures will be 426hp and 400 hp respectively in American markets.

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Chevrolet Camaro Coupé – An automotive icon reborn

– Segment: Sports car
– In model range since: Autumn 2011

It’s strong, low-slung stance tells a story that spans four decades and remains as exciting today as it was when it was launched in the late 1960s. The all-new Chevrolet Camaro generation five arrived at European showrooms in Autumn 2011 and promises to be a hit thanks to its stunning looks, high performance and great value for money

The Camaro maintains the front-to-rear body proportions synonymous with the original concept; the design acknowledges its rich past without being trapped in a ‘retro’ focus. The immediately recognizable V-shaped nose that has become a Camaro trademark, together with the high-intensity discharge headlamps with glowing xenon halo rings, mimicking deep-inset eyes, give the Camaro an aggressive ready-to-pounce stance.

The sweeping long hood, with a 10-centimeter power bulge, combined with the sculpted rear shoulders and short rear deck and finished off with dual outlet stainless steel exhausts accentuate the Camaro’s iconic look and feel.

Attention to detail and expressing a balance between heritage and modernity, characterize the new Camaro’s interior. A pair of deeply recessed instrument binnacles, with round gauges in square housings, is a nod to classic Camaros. This feature contrasts with an ambient light package which uses advanced LED light pipe technology to give the cabin a warm and inviting atmosphere.

The detailing – such as large, chrome-trimmed controls, low-gloss surfaces, premium fabric, and acrylic trim appliqués – conveys a quality level never seen before in the Camaro. More attention to detail is evident in the center-console gauge cluster. It takes its cue from a similar option on the 1969 Camaro, but adds contemporary LED backlighting.

A superb 432 hp, 6.2L V8 engine generating 569 Nm of torque gives the new Camaro the muscle to match its looks. First seen on the 2008 Corvette, this engine features high-flow cylinder heads for impressive low-end torque and strong top-end power. When fitted with the six-speed automatic transmission, it delivers 405 hp/556 Nm and includes GM’s fuel-saving Active Fuel Management system, enabling it to cruise on just four of the eight cylinders during light load conditions.

Electronic stability control (GM’s StabiliTrak system) and traction control come as standard equipment. Four levels of electronic assistance are available for competitive / sport driving opitions. The six-speed manual transmission includes Launch Control for consistently quick starts.

The large, ventilated brake disks (front 355 mm / back 365 mm), clamped by four-piston aluminum Brembo calipers, ensure impressive braking performance. The braking system is designed to withstand punishing track day usage.

The front suspension uses a multi-link strut arrangement with a double ball-joint configuration. The unique, 4.5-link independent rear suspension is double-isolated from the chassis for a smoother, quieter driving experience – and improved cornering.

The Camaro offers comprehensive safety features, including dual-stage front airbags, front seat- mounted thorax side airbags and head curtain airbags for front and rear occupants.