The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro has a storied history, but the brand hasn’t tapped into it too much. Meanwhile, rival Dodge continues to exploit the Challenger’s heritage and plans for a dual-snorkel hood for the 2019 Challenger Hellcat model.
That had us wondering, should Chevrolet begin introducing retro or throwback packages for the Camaro? For us here at GM Authority, the answer is a resounding “Yes.”
Chevrolet has introduced a handful of special editions in recent years for the fifth- and sixth-generation Camaro, but none of them evoke yesteryear. In the muscle car/pony car segment, buyers bank on the rich history of nameplates. Camaro means something to most buyers, and retro-inspired packages would certainly amplify its appeal.
Furthermore, Chevrolet has been quite focused on building the Camaro’s track-star reputation. That’s not a bad thing, but it certainly leaves a void for customers looking for old-school thrills and light-to-light performance. We’ve spoken of this divide multiple times in the past.
As for the Challenger Hellcat’s new hood, it’s meant to recall high-performance cars from the 1960s and early 1970s. Dodge also said in the announcement that the hood “provides maximum air intake” to the Hellcat’s supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8. With the new hood, the pseudo-headlight intake will go away as well.
We’re not sure what Chevrolet could bring back to create some sort of retro package for the Camaro, but we know there are plenty of choices. Even heritage-inspired badges may be enough to stir up buyers. What say you? Vote in our poll and talk to us below.