6th-gen-camaro-1The 1970s were an awful time for American muscle cars, and unlike Ford and Chrysler, GM simply stayed the course, with the second-generation Camaro stretching from 1970 to 1981. Then in 1982 GM introduced a cutting-edge Camaro that was drastically different from the car it replaced. In the interceding decades, the 3rd generation Camaros have earned a reputation as bargain muscle cars, just waiting for an engine swap to wipe away the number “305″ from memory.

6th-gen-camaro-2While the 1982 to 1992 Camaros may not have been performance juggernauts, it was a major sales success for GM. The 3rd generation Camaro also served as the influence for this series of next-gen Camaro design sketches, which were part of a contest held by GM for students at the College of Creative Studies.

The third-generation Camaros were some of the best years GM would have for their muscle car in terms of popularity, and it was also a big step forward in terms of design. Like the Mustang, the Camaro threw off the shackles of the 1970s with a design that was completely distinct from its predecessors. That could be a good direction for the 2017 Camaro as well, which will follow up the combination modern/retro look of the current Camaro.

With the Ford Mustang going for a distinctly futuristic look that borrows heavily from the new corporate design language, GM needs to find a way to distinguish the Camaro in its own right. The third-generation Camaro was smaller, lighter, and was the first to offer a four-cylinder engine option, which could return for the 6th generation of Camaros, albeit with a turbocharger. The more you look at it, the more a next-gen Camaro influenced by the 1980s iteration makes sense. What say you Camaro fans?


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