As of November of 2020, dealers located in the states of California and Washington are no longer able to order new 2021 Chevy Camaro SS, 2021 Camaro 2SS, 2021 Camaro ZL1, or 2021 Camaro ZL1 1LE models. The restrictions apply to both the coupe and the convertible body styles.
We reached out to General Motors for confirmation and an explanation. Apparently, the order restrictions are related to the copper brake pads equipped on the 2021 Chevy Camaro SS, 2SS, ZL1, and ZL1 1LE trim levels.
“Due to restrictions in California and Washington state related to copper brake pads, customers in those states cannot order a 2021 Camaro SS, ZL1 and 1LE for delivery after January 1, 2021,” said Senior Manager, Chevrolet Cars and Crossover Communications at General Motors, Kevin M. Kelly, in an official statement to GM Authority. “Customers can, however, purchase these models from available dealer stock in those states.”
For those customers in California and Washington looking to order a brand-new 2021 Chevy Camaro SS or ZL1, the news undoubtedly comes as something of a disappointment. Luckily, the issue won’t prevent new orders forever.
“We will resume allowing customers in California and Washington state to order the Camaro SS, ZL1 and 1LE models for the 2022 model year when we introduce a new brake system that is compliant with the copper requirements,” Kelly added.
Although General Motors did not specify, it’s assumed that the issue has to do with the upgraded Brembo brakes offered on each of the trims mentioned. To note, the 2021 Chevy Camaro SS comes with standard SS Brembo front and rear performance antilock brakes, while the ZL1 comes with six-pot front Brembo units and four-pot rear Brembo units.
The 2021 Chevy Camaro is the sixth model year of the latest sixth-generation nameplate, and offers a few minor changes and updates over the preceding model year. Providing the go in SS models is the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT1, which produces 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque, while ZL1 models are equipped with the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4, which produces 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.