The third-generation Chevrolet Camaro is a special sort of vehicle, and not just for Camaro enthusiasts or even the mullet and gold chain stereotypes. In truth, the third-gen models featured various interesting little features, down to something as seemingly inconsequential as the speedometer. Between the 1982 and 1984 model years, the Chevrolet Camaro was equipped with a very cool dual-needle speedometer setup that simultaneously provided the vehicle’s current speed in both mph and km/h.
Checking out the gauge in closer detail, we find that the lefthand side provides the current vehicle speed in mph, with white numbers and a white needle, while the righthand side presents km/h in amber numbers with a yellow needle. As the left needle rises, the right needle falls, providing accurate readouts for both measurement units.
It’s a clever bit of design. Despite the inclusion of three smaller gauges in the center for fuel level, coolant temperature, and battery charge, not to mention a large tachometer on the right, the dual-needle speedometer still provides easily readable km/h readings for those Camaro owners who may live outside the U.S. (for example, Canada and Mexico both use km/h as the standard speed measurement).
Unfortunately, the third-gen Chevrolet Camaro ditched the dual-needle speedo with the 1985 model year, replacing it with a more traditional single-needle gauge that reads up to 85 mph (137 km/h).
These days, the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro stays true to the single-needle readout, and the driver can select which units – miles or kilometers – the vehicle will display. Toggle this setting not only changes the speedometer, but also changes the odometer, fuel economy metrics (from gallons to liters) and the temperature readout (from degrees Fahrenheit to Celsius). The proliferation of such digitization pretty much means that clever solutions like the third-gen’s dual-needle speedometer will no longer be a thing.