Rumors surrounding the Chevrolet Camaro’s discontinuation are nothing new. They’ve circled the web for years, but GM never officially confirmed them. That is until today when the American carmaker announced the muscle car’s end. However, before the Camaro completely bows out, Chevy plans to release one final special edition variant based on the ZL1.
The final Camaro is scheduled to roll off the assembly line in January 2024, marking the end of the car’s sixth generation. This, of course, isn’t the first time the muscle car has taken a prolonged hiatus, with an eight-year gap between its fourth and fifth generations. This time, things could be different as it isn’t just the sports car landscape changing as the auto industry embraces electrification.
Global Chevrolet vice president Scott Bell said of the Camaro’s discontinuation, “As we prepare to say goodbye to the current generation Camaro, it is difficult to overstate our gratitude to every Camaro customer, Camaro assembly line employee and race fan,” adding, “While we are not announcing an immediate successor today, rest assured, this is not the end of Camaro’s story.”
While his second statement certainly leaves the door open for an eventual return, don’t expect to see a successor for quite some time. Sales of the sixth-gen car have slowed considerably in recent years. Despite its more attainable base price than the C8 Corvette, its mid-engined sibling has outsold it for two years in a row.
The Camaro is not dead yet, with order books opening up for the 2024 model later this summer. That’s also when customers can order the final Collector’s Edition car. Chevy has yet to announce pricing for the last range of Camaros but will likely do so soon.