Chevrolet has announced a series of updates for the 2012 Camaro. Full coverage inside

Chevrolet has announced a series of updates for the 2012 Camaro.

First up, there's a new 3.6-liter V6 engine - dubbed the LFX - that produces 323 hp (241 kW / 327 PS). Despite having 11 hp (8 kW / 11 PS) more than the previous engine, the mill carries an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 30 mpg highway.

If you'd go with the V8, you'll be glad to know the 2012 Camaro SS can be ordered with a new FE4 suspension package. It includes retuned dampers, beefier stabilizer bars, and 20-inch aluminum wheels. According to Al Oppenheiser, the Camaro's chief engineer, the FE4 package results in "flatter cornering, a more neutral balance during hard turns, and minimized understeer at the limit."

On the styling front, there isn't much to report but all Camaros will feature a new rear spoiler and updated taillights. The RS appearance package also gains a new body-color "sharkfin" antenna.

Inside, the cabin has been improved with a new steering wheel, a revised instrument panel, and updated trim. There's also a new Rear Vision Package which adds a rearview camera and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

Lastly, Chevrolet is celebrating the Camaro's 45th anniversary by offering a special edition package on 2LT and 2SS models. When ordered, the package adds hood strips, dark silver exterior accents, HID headlamps, and exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels. Interior goodies include black leather upholstery (with red, white and blue stitching), white trim and 45th anniversary badging.

Pricing information wasn't released, but the 2012 Camaro will be launched this summer.

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