Simply weeks away from the long-awaited debut of the mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette C8, a rumor has surfaced relating to the Bowtie’s different two-door efficiency automobile: the Camaro. And sadly, the information is not nice. In keeping with Muscle Vehicles & Vans, nameless sources inside Normal Motors declare that growth of the next-generation Camaro has been “suspended,” and the nameplate will “probably be shelved once more” after the present automobile is discontinued in 2023.
The present sixth-gen Camaro sits on GM’s Alpha platform shared by the Cadillac ATS and CTS. These two have not too long ago been changed by the CT4 and CT5, that are based mostly on an up to date model of Alpha imaginatively generally known as Alpha 2. Feels like simply the factor to construct a seventh-gen Camaro round, proper? Apparently not.
As with all rumors circulating the trade (and the Web), this is not official, and a request for remark despatched to Chevrolet did not present us with a particular reply.
“Whereas we is not going to have interaction in hypothesis, we are going to remind you of our not too long ago introduced updates coming to the Camaro lineup this fall,” a Chevrolet spokesperson instructed The Drive through e mail, itemizing off the brand new LT1 V-Eight trim and the redone SS fascia that does away with its controversial droop-nose design.
If an upcoming Camaro hiatus does occur, it would not be the primary time Chevy’s Mustang-rival takes an prolonged break. After the fourth-gen automobile’s life resulted in 2002, Chevy did not produce a Camaro in manufacturing kind till 2009 for the 2010 mannequin 12 months. That model of the Camaro bought extraordinarily nicely, constantly logging greater than 80,000 vehicles per 12 months and have become a little bit of a contemporary popular culture icon because of its starring function as “Bumblebee” within the Transformers motion pictures.
Quick ahead to 2018 and issues aren’t so scorching. The 2019 mannequin 12 months facelift garnered relentless criticism, that Bumblebee standalone movie made much less cash than another film within the sequence, and Chevy reportedly moved lower than 51,000 Camaros. That is 25 % fewer than in 2017, prompting chief engineer Al Oppenheiser to go so far as admitting “[the Ford Mustang’s] been consuming our lunch” in an interview final September.