The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro a perfect rating on the front, side and rollover tests -- the first car to do so. On the other hand, the Ford Mustang only earned four of five stars in the front and side crash tests. This is a major deciding factor for potential buyers since the Camaro and Mustang GT have comparable horsepower.
The NHTSA has raised its standards since 2011. The agency conducts the front-end tests at 35 mph and the side crash at 38.5 mph.
It also does a slower 20 mph side-impact test against a narrow pole. The NHTSA makes use of a math formula to find out the likeliness of a rollover. Of course, there are other cars that are worth the consideration of enthusiasts. The NHTSA hasn’t tested all of the 2012 models yet, one of which is the Dodge Challenger.
The Honda Accord and Kia Optima were the next best-rated. They got five stars for all categories except for the side-impact tests where they only earned four.
Effortless styling has always been one of Chevrolet Camaro’s major characteristics. The car is a perennial head turner anywhere it goes. In fact, Oppenheiser considers performance, affordability and aesthetics among the new Camaro’s basic standards. Let’s find out more.
The new Camaro model’s V- nose now bears the latest HID headlamps. As usual, Chevrolet has equipped the front end with halo-shaped LED’s from Xenon. By all means, these two glowing accessories further enhance the very handsome bonnet and golden bow tie at the grille.
Considering Camaro’s strong and powerful V8 engine on the hood, Chevrolet made use of all the necessary sound insulation materials for a quieter interior environment. But since the brand usually represents refinement and simplicity, most parts of the interior have been designed under these standards. Still, Chevrolet added a few modern touches particularly on the ambient lighting, switches and dials. Also, the new centre console with rubber and chrome accents now has the climate and stereo control altogether.
Just like Chevrolet Corvette Z06’s big round chrome exhaust tips, the new Chevy Camaro also has a similar feature. The dual taillights in LED also highlight the rear part of the exterior, making it look just as stunning as the one at the front.