As one would expect, one of America’s quintessential muscle cars, the Chevrolet Camaro, has quite the illustrious history. For nearly fifty years, the mainstay of American Muscle has been the measuring stick by which other cars are measured. From the heady days of the late 1960s, through the lean times of the 1970s, to the new technologies of the 1980s, Chevrolet has finally brought us to modern times, featuring uncompromising power and unprecedented fuel economy in their incredibly well-engineered Camaro engines.
Looking back on five generations of Chevrolet Camaro, one finds it hard to believe that horsepower ranges from a low of 88 hp, in the late-1970s and early 1980s, to a high of 580 hp, in the 2012 ZL1.
For the most part, Camaro horsepower followed the waves of change, particularly gasoline prices and emissions standards, but always delivered one thing, according to General Motors executive Dean Guard, who said that, “From the day it was introduced, Camaro has been a part of American culture and a reflection of the state of the American performance industry. What has never changed was Camaro’s fun and attainable performance for a broad spectrum of customers.”