The final Chevrolet Camaro coupe revealed
Chevrolet is saying goodbye to the Camaro as a sports coupe with a ‘Collector’s Edition’ package – but the muscle car won’t be coming to Australian showrooms after bowing out three years ago.
2024 Chevrolet Camaro SS Collector’s Edition
The end of 50 years of Chevrolet Camaro muscle cars with petrol power is being celebrated with a ‘Collector’s Edition’ appearance package, unveiled for the US overnight.
Production is due to end in the US by January 2024 – about four years after the examples left Holden Special Vehicles showrooms in Australia, through local left- to right-hand-drive conversions in Victoria.
The 2024 Chevrolet Camaro Collector’s Edition is equipped with 20-inch satin black (or polished forged) wheels, the Camaro 1LE race-track performance package’s front splitter, and the rear spoiler from the Camaro ZL1 (on coupe versions only).
All Camaro Collector’s Edition examples based on the 1LT V6, LT1 V8 and SS V8 variants are finished in Panther Black metallic – referencing the Panther code name of the first-generation Camaro from the 1960s – with satin black stripes.
2024 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Collector’s Edition
Inside, the Camaro’s steering wheel incorporates a panther logo and unique floor mats with a laser-etched ‘Collector’s Edition’ aluminium plaque.
While production of the Collector’s Edition is uncapped for the LT, RS, LT1 and SS Camaro variants, the appearance package is limited to just 350 examples for the top-of-the-range ZL1.
Camaro ZL1 Collector’s Edition examples are equipped with red brake calipers, black wheel nuts, matte Panther Black paint and metallic black stripes, while the steering wheel includes a numbered plaque with the vehicle’s unique build number.
Additionally, owners of the Camaro ZL1 Collector’s Edition will receive a Shinola Canfield Sport watch which includes their car’s build number, matching the steering wheel plaque.
The standard Chevrolet Camaro.
The Chevrolet Camaro Collector’s Edition starts from $US39,440 ($AU59,600) in 1LT guise, $US47,395 ($AU71,650) for the LT1, $US49,890 ($AU75,400) for the SS and $US88,690 ($AU134,000) for the ZL1 – with all prices excluding local taxes.
Chevrolet has announced further changes to the broader Camaro line-up for 2024, which includes the axing of the base turbocharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine.
The 2024 Chevrolet Camaro will only be offered with 3.6-litre V6 (1LT), 6.2-litre V8 (LT1/SS) and supercharged 6.2-litre V8 (ZL1) engines.
Unfortunately for Australian fans, the 2024 Camaro will not be officially sold locally after Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) ceased its left- to right-hand drive conversions in 2020, two years after the program began.
As previously reported, the 2024 Chevrolet Camaro will be the nameplate’s final year as a two-door, petrol-powered car, after General Motors announced this March the sports car would end production in its current form by January 2024.
The Chevrolet Camaro’s long-term future in the Supercars Championship is unclear following the model’s scheduled end of production next year.
The Camaro nameplate – which debuted in 1967 – may be revived at a later date as a sedan or SUV, but there is no clear sign on the horizon of a seventh-generation model.
The timing of the Camaro’s axing came just one month after it debuted in the Australian V8 Supercars Championship as a part of the new ‘Gen3’ regulations, alongside the new-generation Ford Mustang.
At the time, Chevrolet said the Camaro would “continue to compete on track” in racing series such as V8 Supercars, claiming it will work “with motorsports sanctioning bodies to ensure Chevrolet’s presence in racing moving forward.”
Supercars has confirmed the Camaro will remain in the series until “at least the end of 2025”, but its future beyond that date is unclear.
The Chevrolet Camaro has won 11 out of the 12 races held so far this season. Ford inherited the win of the opening race following a double disqualification for the winning Triple Eight team, which runs Chevrolet Camaros.