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One High-Level Forecast Suggests That A Four-Door EV Will Take The Place Of The Storied Pony Car

2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 Chevrolet Camaro
Image via Chevrolet

MC&T was first to report that plans that were once in place for a seventh-generation Chevrolet Camaro were extinguished. Two years since our story, we’ve been monitoring the Camaro’s future like a lifeguard watches the shoreline. And where others have bit on fluctuating rumors on the matter, we have remained firm. After 2024, the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro will be no more, with no immediate replacement in sight. However, an analytical forecast from Automotive News believes that General Motors will replace the Camaro with an electric performance sedan, not unlike what Dodge is doing with the 2024 Charger.

The Future Of The Chevrolet Camaro

The fact is this: in five short years, General Motors intends to have a portfolio of at least 20 electric vehicles in North America. An ambitious project that requires a staggering $35 billion USD of the company’s money through 2025. It doesn’t take an accounting degree to even mildly understand that there’s little budget left for anything else.

And it seems like nothing is sacred, either. The Chevrolet Camaro, for example, represents an uncompromising buyer that demands the drama of a pushrod V8 engine, head-turning looks, and great value (look no further than Camaro LT1 sales as proof). In fact, the entire muscle car market seems to live and die by this customer, which may or may not be shifting to off-road performance trucks and SUVs; a flourishing segment that has expanded while muscle car sales have shriveled.

2024 Dodge Charger EV Electric Muscle Car
The Outline Of The 2024 Dodge Charger Electric Vehicle.

Muscle Cars Are Endangered

Despite the traditional customer demands of the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger, and the Dodge Charger, the Detroit Three automakers are attempting to completely replace the existing muscle car formula by the end of the decade. Ford is reportedly going to offer an electric Mustang by 2028, while Dodge is more openly shedding its high-octane philosophy for an electric performance vehicle lineup, represented by a fratzog. A move that The Brotherhood of Muscle doesn’t seem too happy about (Stellantis videos detailing Dodge’s product plans have had their comment sections turned off). As for Chevrolet, which has seen Camaro sales drop to their lowest point since discontinuing the nameplate after 2004, EV performance seems to be more in-line with current corporate marching orders, and that seems to have all roads leading to a new electric performance sedan powered by GM’s patented Ultium battery technology, presumably at the expense of the Camaro.

Very soon, it looks like the only way for a muscle car customer to get what they’re looking for will be on the used car market; which has seen average transaction prices skyrocket due to new product shortages, as well as on the news surrounding a policy-driven EV transition, and a lack of ability to repair them.

Chevrolet Camaro buyers: you better get while the getting is good. Because after after the 2024 model year, it would appear that it’s the end of the road. And the end of era.

2021 Chevrolet Camaro Indy 500 Festival Cars that will parade around the Brickyard ahead of the Indy 500
Image Via Chevrolet.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.


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