SO now that we are starting to get a better idea of what the next-generation Camaro will be like given recent spy shots I thought it would be good to start a discussion around if Chevy has pushed the design of the Camaro far enough. Let's first take a look at the recent render that shows the supposed differences between the current-gen Camaro and the next generation Camaro.
As you can see there aren't really any major differences between the two. Why has Chevy taken this approach? I would say its partly because Chevy has been outselling the Mustang over the past few years. From the beginning of this year toill June Chevy recorded 38,951 Camaro sales while Ford recorded 36,600 Mustang sales. Not a huge difference, but still a win for Chevy. It may be the case that Chevy feels that it shouldn't mess with a good thing.
Is Chevy playing it too safe though? Remember back to concept sketches that were released by Chevy itself. These sketches show some interesting and imaginative ideas about what the Camaro could be. With how little is changed from the Camaro5 to the Camaro6, was this a missed opportunity for Chevy to push the design of the Carmaro into a more bold, exciting and new area?
Of course there is going to be more to this muscle car battle than just design. In terms of performance the two cars should be very similar so that is probably going to be a wash. I think that the scale will be tipped with marketing and design. Mustang marketing has been crazy good, so Chevy will have to make sure that they keep up with an equaling exciting launch.
So, do you think that Chevy has a missed opportunity by not pushing further with its design, or do you think that it is a smart move to stick close to the current generation and bank on people continuing to prefer the Camaro to the Mustang? Do you wish that some more of what we saw in the concept sketches made it to the next-generation Camaro.