Chevrolet Camaro (second generation)
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Chevrolet Camaro (second generation)

Vehicle information
Parent companyGeneral Motors
Production1970 � 1981
AssemblyVan Nuys, California
Norwood, Ohio
PredecessorChevrolet Camaro (first generation)
SuccessorChevrolet Camaro (third generation)
ClassPony car
Muscle car
Body style2-door coupé
LayoutFR layout
PlatformGM F platform
Engine3.8 L V6
3.8 L I6
4.1 L I6
5.0 L V8
5.7 L V8
6.5 L V8
6.6 L V8
7.4 L V8
Transmission3-speed automatic
4-speed manual
RelatedPontiac Firebird

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The second generation Chevrolet Camaro was introduced February 26, 1970 and remained in production for 12 years. This generation's styling, inspired in part by Jaguar, Aston Martin, and Ferrari, was longer, lower, and wider than the first generation Camaro, and is "widely considered the best all-around domestic musclecar ever produced." A convertible body-type was no longer available. Although it was an all-new car, the basic mechanical layout of the new Camaro was familiar, engineered much like its predecessor with a unibody structure utilizing a front subframe, A-arm and coil spring front suspension, and rear leaf springs.

Dubbed "Super Hugger", the second generation Camaro was developed without the rush of the first generation and benefited from a greater budget in light of the success of the First Generation. The chassis and suspension of the second generation were greatly refined in both performance and comfort; base models offered significant advances in sound-proofing, ride isolation, and road-holding. Extensive experience Chevrolet engineers had gained racing the first-generation led directly to advances in second-generation Camaro steering, braking, and balance . General Motors engineers have said that these efforts made the second generation much more of "A Driver's Car" than its predecessor . Although it began its run with a number of high performance configurations, as the 1970s progressed, the Camaro grew less powerful, succumbing, like many production cars of the era, to the pressures of tightening emissions regulations and a fuel crisis. Major styling changes were made in 1974 and 1978; 1981 was the final model year for the second generation.

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