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Chevrolet Camaro from the 80s mysteriously spotted testing at GM’s Proving Grounds

July 16, 2019, 08:12 PM IST by Bilal Ahmed Firfiray
Chevrolet Camaro from the 80s mysteriously spotted testing at GM’s Proving Grounds

-    This third-generation Camaro spotted at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds might be a testbed for a new powertrain.

-    The test prototype had a six-speed manual transmission. 

Back in 2014, Chevrolet used the third-generation Camaro alongside the camouflaged current generation Camaro during the final rounds of testing. So it didn’t come as a surprise when our spy sleuths spotted a 1980’s model of the American muscle car leaving GM’s Milford Proving Grounds with manufacturer plate and stickers on the windshield. 

According to our spy sleuths, the test prototype was running a six-speed manual transmission. The engine, meanwhile, sounded like GM's current small block V8. Moreover, this Camaro prototype also had a roll cage and twin dual exhaust tips which seemed new, a raised hood, and GM Performance Parts badges behind the front wheels and on the rear bumper. 

Naturally, this raises a question as to what Chevy is testing on the old Camaro this time around. We assume this prototype to be a testbed for new hardware which will be offered with the Performance Parts kit in future. The raised ride height also points to testing of newer suspension set-up for the next model. However, the future of the next-generation Camaro appears bleak. If rumours are to be believed, GM won’t be introducing a new generation of the pony car in 2023. Other reports suggest that the Camaro might next return as an EV. Looking at this prototype, we can safely say that regardless of GM’s plans for it, the third-gen Camaro has surely aged gracefully.

Tags:Chevrolet,Chevrolet Camaro,Camaro
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