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There's Talk of Chevy Replacing the Camaro with an Electric Sports Sedan

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Photo credit: Marc Urbano - Car and Driver
Photo credit: Marc Urbano - Car and Driver
  • The Chevrolet Camaro could be replaced by an electric performance sedan in 2025, according to Automotive News.

  • Chevrolet could end production of the muscle car after the current generation due to low sales compared with the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger.

  • GM may have teased this new model as one of the silhouettes shown during its EV week presentation. It could ride on the Ultium battery platform that supports up to 1000 horsepower in the GMC Hummer EV.

General Motors plans to have 30 new electric vehicles available by 2025 and to go carbon neutral by 2040. According to Automotive News, the Chevrolet Camaro as we know it will be discontinued by then and could be replaced by an electric performance sedan. A Chevy spokesperson declined to comment on the Camaro's future when asked about this report.

Photo credit: General Motors
Photo credit: General Motors

Chevy said that it has not yet announced when production of the current-gen Camaro will end. At this point, it's unclear if the Camaro name will die off altogether or if it could be applied to this possible future sporty four-door EV. While we know little about what this new model could look like, General Motors did share a few silhouettes of upcoming EVs, one of which features a shape (pictured above) that's curiously similar to the current Camaro's profile.

Chevrolet sold just under 30,000 Camaros last year, a 38.3 percent decrease compared to 2019. Ford sold more than twice as many Mustangs and proved that slapping the Mustang name on an electric crossover could work. The Mustang Mach-E is one of the best-selling electric vehicles so far this year and we named it our first EV of the Year. Chevrolet could leverage a similar approach, using either the Camaro or even the Corvette name on future EV models that could include multiple body styles including sedans and crossovers. Dodge is also moving toward electrifying its muscle cars, too, as it recently announced that it will launch an electric muscle car under what it's calling eMuscle by 2024.

Currently, the Camaro has the choice of a 275-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, a 335-hp 3.6-liter V-6, a 455-hp 6.2-liter V-8, or a 650-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 in the hardcore ZL1 model that. In our testing, the ZL1 reached 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. It rides on the rear-wheel-drive Alpha platform, while GM's new EVs will use its new Ultium battery platform, first used on the GMC Hummer EV. Former Camaro chief engineer, Al Oppenheiser, even led development for the electric pickup, which GMC claims will reach 60 mph in 3.0 seconds in its Watts to Freedom launch control mode. So we can safely expect GM's new electric performance sedan to offer quick acceleration.

We'll know more about the Camaro's successor as GM's push toward electrification continues over the next several years.

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