2012 Camaro SS Honor and Valor: details, photos and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 5, 2011

Chevrolet has developed a limited-edition 2012 Camaro – dubbed the 2012 Camaro Honor and Valor model -- that could only be sold to active members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard, and National Guard. Chevrolet wanted to create something special to mark the celebration of National Military Appreciation Month.

The new package is based on a stock 2012 Camaro S, which received several tweaks, such as a painted body kit, white side stripes, black leather seating, a so-called “Honor” badge, and a grille insert and surround that’s comparable to what this year’s Indy 500 pace car had used.

Camaro Honor and Valor models are offered in red, white, and black colors. Only 99 units of this limited edition model will be built. If you’re interested, you can go to www.gmmilitarydiscount.com to order. Aside from these specialized Camaros, GM is also extending its military discount through the end of May.

The discounts, which range from $500 to $4000, are available only to spouses of both active and reserve members, as well as retirees. In addition, if you order, buy, or lease a Chevrolet this month, you will get a set of Honor badges (similar to what’s seen on the limited edition Camaro). Furthermore, GM will donate $100 for every transaction to Cell Phones for Soldiers, which is a group that gives mobile phones to soldiers assigned overseas for free calls home.

In terms of design, the Chevrolet Camaro is quite similar to the original concept that was presented. This model’s design clearly recognizes the legacy of the first-generation Camaro, the one manufactured between 1967 and up to 1969. With a wheelbase that measures 112.3 inches (2,852 mm), it is clear that this two-door coupe continues to carry the classic proportions. When it comes to length, this sports coupe measures 190.4 inches (4,836 mm) with width at 75.5 inches (1,918 mm) and height measured at 54.2 inches (1,376 mm).

With both the short deck and its long hood being pushed to the corners of its rather muscular fenders, it gets a 67-degree rake shape windshield which greatly helps with the aerodynamic performance. The V-6 versions for instance have a coefficient of drag at 0.37 while the SS models with its V-8 engines have Cd at 0.35, considering they are a bit sleeker. While designing the Chevrolet Camaro, extra attention was given to the openings of its wheel arches.

The design made sure to focus on ensuring that whatever wheel was equipped, be it the standard 18-inch ones or the optional 19-inch version or 20-inch type, the relationship between the fender’s bottom and the top of the tire would be the same across all the models. In addition, all of the models will have on its nose the classic “V” design them.

When coupled with the 2.5-inch (63.5 mm) power dome placed in the aluminum hood, this reminds one of the high-performance Chevrolet Camaro. For the SS variant, the lower air intake has been larger while on the upper front of its fascia a simulated air intake has been placed. For the top meanwhile, it is clear that it has been inspired by the Corvette. However by having across the roof the sculpted twin cockpits, it gives it that unique Chevrolet presence.

Viewed from the outside, it gives off that hardtop coupe appearance as the B-pillar was designed to be invisible to the eye. However, the B-pillar was also aimed to help increase the car’s structural rigidity. There is also the one-piece body stamping which serves two purposes. First it gives the side a cleaner appearance since there are no plastic appliqués, gaps, or even seams. The second is that it helps ensure that the manufacturing process results in quality. On the front of its rear quarter panel are the “Gills”, which is in fact another styling cue from the Chevrolet Camaro.

Ten colors for the exterior will be made available. These include Black, Rally Yellow, Silver Ice Metallic, and Victory Red. Also offered will be Aqua Blue Metallic, Cyber Gray Metallic, Imperial Blue Metallic, Inferno Orange Metallic, and White. As an option, customers can also choose Red Jewel Tintcoat. For the LT and the SS variants, the RS appearance package will be offered. This package includes taillamps, the 20-inch wheels that come with a Midnight Silver finish, and the HID headlamps that have halo rings integrated to it. Specific to the LT version is the inclusion of a rear spoiler.

Press Release

Chevrolet Will Expand Military Discount in May

Chevrolet will honor National Military Appreciation Month by expanding the industry-leading GM Military Discount to military spouses and retirees; offering an exclusive “Honor” badge to anyone who buys an eligible Chevrolet through the program, and by donating $100 to Cell Phones for Soldiers for each eligible vehicle sold with a military discount.

“We are committed to offering military professionals and their family members the best value in the industry,” said Dan Akerson, General Motors Chairman and CEO. “As a former Navy man, I hold the highest regard for the men and women of our Armed Forces – past and present – who help keep our country safe and preserve our precious liberties.”

During May, the GM Military Discount program – already recognized as the best program in the industry – will be extended to spouses of Active and Reserve members, as well as retirees, of

the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard and Coast Guard. The discount is available on most Chevrolet, Buick and GMC models with discounts typically ranging between $500 and $4,000 off the suggested retail price of the vehicle purchased.

In addition, the GM Military Discount offers a $750 discount on selected Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles to eligible members of USAA, a financial services provider for the military community.

In 2010 alone, the GM Military Discount program provided more than 70,000 discounts to military personnel and their families with a cumulative value of more than $60 million.

For every person who purchases, leases or orders a new Chevrolet using the GM Military Discount in May, Chevrolet will provide an exclusive set of “Honor” vehicle badges as well as contributing $100 to Cell Phones for Soldiers, a non-profit group that provides free communication tools to troops serving overseas.

Since May 2010, Chevrolet and its dealers have collected more than 50,000 cell phones. Since the program began, proceeds from phone collections have provided more than 114 million minutes – or more than 200 years – of free calls home for U.S. troops.

At the customer’s request, dealers will install the badges on their new Chevrolet at no additional charge. The badge features a yellow ribbon and “Honor” script, a subtle recognition of their service.

The Military Appreciation Month program will conclude with 99 “Honor & Valor” Limited Edition 2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS vehicles, which will debut during the Indianapolis 500 military personnel parade on May 28. The limited-edition Camaro will be available to order through www.gmmilitarydiscount.com, beginning in May.

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