Special Edition to Celebrate Camaro’s Final Run

Three special versions of pony car debuting at SEMA this week.

by on Nov.03, 2014

The 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Commemorative Editon will help end the car's fifth-generation run.

Chevrolet isn’t about to let the current Camaro line fade away without some celebration. It’s planning to unveil three special versions of the popular pony car at the SEMA Show this week, including a special 2015 Camaro Commemorative edition that will go on sale next spring.

It also will reveal another special – but as yet-unnamed — production model that will help mark the unexpected rival of a once-dead nameplate. Re-launched in 2009 after a long absence, the Camaro is now the country’s most popular muscle car, handily out-selling long-time leader, the Ford Mustang. But Ford is looking for a revival of its own with the launch of an all-new model of its own this year.

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“The Camaro has had an amazing run since we introduced the fifth-gen Camaro,” said Jim Campbell, GM’s U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. “In fact, Camaro’s outsold everybody in the segment, every single year. And what I attribute it to, is Camaro has always had this ability to deliver a combination of style, performance and affordability.”

The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Commemorative model will be offered in both coupe and convertible body styles, and buyers will have a choice of either the V-6 or high-performance V-8 engines available on standard-issue models. They’ll also have a choice of the 2LT or 2SS trims.

So, what’s special? Five distinct exterior colors and a unique “adrenaline” rad interior, 20-inch wheels designed specifically for the Commemorative edition, along with a special stripe, front splitter, ZL1 rear spoiler, and special emblems on the fender.

Fans will name this special Camaro SS model.

“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,” explained Todd Christensen, Camaro’s marketing manager.

(For a look at some of Chevy’s other SEMA cars, Click Here.)

The outgoing Camaro was certainly special for Chevrolet. The Gen-4 model was largely a failure, sales dwindling in the face of a changing market – and an assault by a more successful Mustang. Camaro was pulled from production, along with its near-twin, the Pontiac Firebird, and seemed destined to disappear in the automotive rubbish heap along with other relics of the muscle car era, like the Pontiac GTO.

GM decided to give both cars another chance. But while the “Goat” failed to catch fire with the public, a Camaro concept proved a major hit, giving momentum to the car’s return to production in 2009. GM stylists said they struggled to find a balance between old and new, preferring to call their work a “heritage” design, rather than retro.

Whatever the term, the fifth-generation Camaro caught fire and has maintained its mojo right up to the final year of production – a rarity among sporty coupes. Through the end of September, sales were up 7.8 year-over-year, at 69,878, compared to a 1.1% increase for Mustang, which reached sales of 59,831 for the first nine months of the year.

But even as Chevrolet is getting ready to roll out a new, gen-six Camaro, Ford has already hit the reset button, and initial indications are that it could have a major hit on its hand with the 50th anniversary Mustang that was introduced for 2015.

(Click Here for our review of the 2015 Ford Mustang.)

Camaro isn’t about to concede the checkered flag, however – as it’s showing with the three special models coming to the annual aftermarket event in Las Vegas this week. That includes a limited-edition version of the Camaro SS that will get a number of special exterior features, including a unique “Emerald Green paint scheme.

Chevrolet has asked fans to come up with a name for that special model and plans to announce their pick during the SEMA Show.

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6 Responses to “Special Edition to Celebrate Camaro’s Final Run”

  1. Dave Hansknecht says:

    Paul, I have always understood the term “pony car” to be reserved for the Ford with the pony emblem on it. The Mustang.

    While many cars were referred to as “muscle cars” only the Mustang was called the “pony car”

    Just sayin’

    Dave H.

    • Paul A. Eisenstein says:

      Not so Dave. In fact, I was at a Ford event just recently where the term, pony car, as used for the entire class.

      Paul E.

      • Marty says:

        In my opinion, Muscle cars were standard mid-size and compact (for that era) two door coupes with big V-8′s (Chevelle, Chevy II, Torino, Plymouth, Dodge, etc.). Pony cars were purpose-built “sporty” (not really sports) cars. I guess Mustang (basically a re-bodied Falcon) was the first, but would include Camaro, Barracuda, Challenger and others).

  2. Marty says:

    The 5th generation Camaro was a new design (a great one), while the so-called “Goat” was a Holden badge-engineered Poncho, with a Pontiac-ish front end. The rear tail lights always bothered me – totally uninspired and poorly styled, straight from Down Under. For those reasons, I find the comparison of the two in this story to be unfounded.

  3. Hansknecht says:

    Paul,
    I stand corrected. Further research (wiki) shows that the term was expanded in the 1960′s from the Mustang to include a ‘class’ of similar vehicles.
    Thanks,
    Dave H.

  4. Jorge says:

    The expression “Pony Car” originated back in the day and applied to the three small cars of that genre – the Mustang, Camaro and Barracuda.

    I never cared for the later iterations of the Camaro especially the high hip line gen five with gun-slot style windows. the rear styling is particularly offensive and carried over to some other GM models. The Holden models were actually pretty nice styled vehicles and well received by most of the public IME.