The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is certainly not “retro” in any sense of the matter. Love it or hate it, retro hit its stride in the mid-2000s with the introduction of the fifth-generation Ford Mustang. The fifth-generation Camaro also adorned a retro look, with its throwback dials and gauges inside, but a classic cue was missing: the red, white and blue tri-bar badge.
We explored this topic before in the past, but let’s delve a little deeper into the history behind the iconic Camaro badge.
In obvious state, the red, white and blue badge signifies the colors from the American flag. Though, some have deduced it replicates the French flag, backing up their point with the Camaro name’s loose translation to “friend” in French language.
The Camaro badge has been found on every iteration of the nameplate minus the fifth-generation car. But the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro has restored the badge with a modern take. The badge adorns the lower panel near the front wheel in this iteration. Initially, we thought we may see the badge on the front hood of the 2016 Camaro, shouting back once again to yesteryear.
It remains to be seen just how the new Camaro badge will be utilized further, but the possibilities are endless. Special editions, aftermarket parts, decals, key fobs and the list could go on.
In all, it’s good to see the iconic Camaro badging return once again. Like a long-lost friend, we missed you.