The Next Camaro: Chevy’s Electric Mustang Competitor

The Rise of the Electric Camaro

The Camaro, Chevy’s iconic pony/muscle car, is set to undergo a transformation for the post-ICE-age world. In 2024, the familiar internal combustion engine (ICE) version of the Camaro coupe/convertible will come to an end. However, the name will continue to live on as Chevrolet introduces a fully electric reincarnation of the Camaro, aimed at capturing the hearts of car enthusiasts in the new era of electric vehicles.

A Challenger to the Mustang Mach-E

Following in the footsteps of Ford’s successful Mustang Mach-E, Chevy aims to attract EV adopters by leveraging the Camaro’s renowned brand and distinctive styling cues. What better rival to compete with the Mustang Mach-E than Chevy’s perennial archrival, the Camaro?

Harnessing the Power of Ultium

Underpinning the new Camaro EV is General Motors’ versatile Ultium electric skateboard chassis. This flexible platform will enable the Camaro to adapt to its iconic proportions, utilizing various battery-capacity options and motors to deliver exceptional performance. The Camaro EV is expected to offer rear-wheel-drive with single-motor power ranging from 241 to 342 horsepower, while all-wheel-drive variants will deliver performance levels ranging from 344 horsepower with two motors to over 1,000 horsepower, utilizing the three-motor setup from the Hummer EV. This wide range of performance options will cater to the diverse expectations of Camaro enthusiasts, spanning from the RS to ZL-1 trim series.

Competitive Pricing and Expected Release

Chevrolet is aiming to price the Camaro EV competitively, with a projected price range of $47,500 to $65,500, aligning with the current pricing of the Mustang Mach-E’s single- and dual-motor variants. As for the release date, the Camaro EV is anticipated to hit the market in 2026, possibly as a 2027 model year vehicle, depending on the timing of its availability.

Futuristic Design Renderings

Renderings of the Camaro EV showcase its sleek and modern design elements. With prominent rear haunches and a slightly shorter cargo area, the Camaro EV presents a coupe-roofed crossover silhouette that combines the best of both worlds. Although the presented renderings display a more car-like appearance, it is highly unlikely that GM will greenlight a two-door SUV variant, even one bearing the Camaro name and heritage.

A Glimpse into Possibilities

The potential designs for the Camaro EV highlight different approaches to combine sportiness and practicality. One iteration features hidden rear door handles integrated into the rising beltline at the C-pillar, while another presents a blockier overall shape while retaining iconic Camaro cues. Additionally, a coupe-UV version with a shorter wheelbase and softer styling showcases a sleek rear roofline that prioritizes style over ample luggage space.

Celebrating Camaro’s Legacy

Looking back at the history of the Camaro, Chevrolet has always pushed boundaries and captured the spirit of performance. From the pace cars produced for the ’69 Indy 500 to the iconic second-generation Camaro and the introduction of T-tops in 1978, each iteration has brought new innovations and style to the Camaro lineup. With unique features such as rocker panel stripes and the Trans Am-like spoiler, the Camaro has continuously evolved.

Evolution of a Legend

Chevrolet’s commitment to the Camaro’s evolution continued with the introduction of the third-generation F-body pony car in 1982. Sporting a restyled front end, a standard 145-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine, and unique wheels, the Camaro Berlinetta model offered a slightly more refined driving experience. This generation served as the foundation for the iconic IROC-Z package, which became a standard feature for all Z28 models starting in 1986.

Fourth-Gen Upgrades

The fourth-generation Camaro, known for its radical restyling, featured updated F-body architecture, including a fiberglass compound for the roof and doors. The Z28 made a triumphant return with a 275-horsepower V8 engine, available with both manual and automatic transmissions. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Camaro, a limited edition SS and Z28 models were offered in an exclusive colorway, with fewer than 1,000 units sold.

The Arrival of the Fifth and Sixth Generations

Following the concept version’s debut at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show, the fifth-generation Camaro made its appearance in 2009 as a 2010 model. The production model stayed faithful to the concept, retaining distinctive features like the low greenhouse and gauge pod on the center console. When the fifth-gen Camaro reached the end of its production cycle, Chevrolet wasted no time and introduced the sixth-generation model in 2016.

The Final ICE-Powered Camaro

As we approach the future, the 2024 model year marks the end of the road for the ICE-powered Camaro. To celebrate this milestone, Chevrolet presents the Garage 56 edition, paying homage to the special Camaro stock car that participated in the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in 2023.

The Camaro’s journey from an iconic muscle car to an electrified pony car represents a bold leap into the future. With the upcoming Camaro EV, Chevrolet seeks to captivate enthusiasts with its cutting-edge design, exhilarating performance, and commitment to sustainable mobility. As the Camaro evolves, it continues to uphold its legacy as a symbol of American automotive excellence.