Many kids and adults dream of owning a flashy sports car someday, and the ideal sports car for many kids over the past several decades has been the Chevy Camaro. This gas-powered beast has been around for a long time, though some journalists believe its tenure is coming to an end sooner rather than later. Learn more about the Chevy Camaro, why it may be replaced by an electric sports sedan, and how reviewers feel about the 2021 Chevy Camaro.
History of the Chevy Camaro
The Chevy Camaro has been around since 1966, and it has had such an impact on the car world that even those with minimal car knowledge have at least heard of the vehicle before. All the way back in 1965, reports began circulating that Chevy was in the processes of creating a car that could compete with the Ford Mustang.
Chevy dominated the full-size, mid-size, and small car markets back in the day, but Ford’s Mustang created a whole new category, the pony car. According to the GM Heritage Center, the car was originally codenamed the Chevy Panther. Chevy sent a telegram to several agencies about a live press conference they were hosting to announce their new vehicle.
The first generation of Camaros didn’t sell as much as the Mustang, largely because of some quirks that made it a bit less appealing than its competitor. The second generation, which began in 1970, produced major cosmetic changes and enjoyed better sales than the first. Each successive generation brought new styles and changes that kept up with the times, and since 2016, we have been enjoying the sixth generation of the Camaro. Will this be the final generation of the Chevy Camaro?
Rumors of an electric sports sedan replacing the Camaro
A report from Car and Driver that dropped last month speculates that Chevy hopes to become a more eco-friendly automaker to keep up with consumer demands. In fact, GM is hoping to go carbon-neutral by 2040, which will mean that some of their popular models may get the boot. This could include the Chevy Camaro, a gas-guzzling pony car that hasn’t hit the same sales volume as the Ford Mustang or Dodge Challenger.
General Motors has plans to introduce 30 new electric cars that will be made available by 2025. GM has already teased a new electric sports car during their EV week presentation. Not much is known about this mysterious EV, but some speculate that it could be equipped with the Ultium battery platform to produce up to 1000 horsepower. That’s not bad at all.
Car and Driver also reports that these rumors come when the Mustang Mach-E is becoming a top seller in the electric vehicles category, and Dodge has plans to launch its own electric muscle car by 2024, currently called the eMuscle. Going electric appears to be the only way forward to keep up with the competition and hit key sales figures.
An overview of the 2021 Chevy Camaro
Although the possibility of no more Camaro models may be sad to some fans, the Chevy Camaro is still here for now, and it’s an overall decent car despite its poor sales figures. U.S. News gave it an overall score of 8.2/10 and named it the fourth-best sports car behind the Ford Mustang, Mazda MX-5 Miata, and Dodge Challenger.
The main aspect that has held the Camaro back is its poor-to-mediocre interior quality. Otherwise, the car might’ve received a much higher overall score. Despite this, the Camaro’s engine options still pack a substantial punch. Additionally, prospective buyers can add several appealing performance and appearance packages to customize their Camaro.
The 2021 Chevy Camaro starts at $25,000, and the base model comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The most powerful engine is a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that can produce 650 horsepower, starting at $63,000.