There’s few people on this earth as qualified to analyze the fourth-generation Chevrolet Camaro’s styling than exterior design manager for the Camaro program, Kirk Bennion. The fourth-gen car arrived in 1993 and lasted until the 2002 model year, when General Motors phased the Camaro out completely amid decreasing demand for sports coupes.
It’s been over 20 years since the fourth-generation Camaro’s debut and according to Bennion it “still looks as sleek as anything on showroom floors today.” The timelessness can be chalked up to the fast-rake windshield, which pushed the front firewall and cowl forward, accentuating the car’s overall ‘wedge’ shape.
“Having a low front end was important to the design,” says Bennion. “It really worked with the high deck lid rear spoiler to enhance the appearance of motion. All these years later, it still looks contemporary – and fast!”
Analyzing the exterior of the 1996 Camaro SS, Bennion noted the integrated wheel flares and smooth bodylines, a huge change from the geometric lines and flared out arches of previous generation Camaros. The ‘wraparound’ style rear wing was a first for Camaro’s and was wind tunnel-tested, Bennion says. The wing was joined by a functioning SS-specific hood scoop, which helped exaggerate the Camaro’s aggressive nature.