MC&T has received confirmation that the last sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro to roll off the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant is a Summit White ZL1 1LE with a manual transmission. As reported earlier, GM has officially ended Camaro production, with the New Malaise Era claiming another iconic automobile. It remains unclear just when the nameplate will surface next. Of course, we have some thoughts on the matter.
It’s unclear how many 2024 model year Camaros were produced, but the number is bound to be incredibly low, considering its shortened production cycle.
While not much is known about the final production count for the 2024 Camaro yet, we do know that one Billy Burke built the last LT4 engine for the Camaro ZL1 a month ago, where it produces 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, just as it did in the C7 Corvette Z06. While the Camaro goes back in the garage, its production ending doesn’t mark the finale of the LT4, as it can still be found in some of Cadillac’s most exciting products, like the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing and Escalade-V.
What Will Happen To The Last Camaro?
It’s rumored that the last sixth-gen Camaro will be headed to the GM Heritage Center, though we await official confirmation. The General Motors Heritage Center has a collection of around 600 cars and trucks that all bear strong significance to the automaker’s history. Among those include some GM firsts, significant technological experiments, concept cars, special-interest styling/performance one-offs, notable race cars, and milestone production vehicles.
Camaro Discontinued: What’s Next?
With the last “Sixth-Gen” built, there is no immediate continuation for the Camaro nameplate. And, while there are ideas floating around, there’s no future design that’s yet baked-in, and there’s nothing officially approved for production.
General Motors, which leaned heavy into electric vehicle vehicle development, is currently reaping very little for what it has financially sown. And it’s led to key changes in future product development plans, such as delaying the construction or renovation of manufacturing facilities for electric vehicles, re-evaluating various EV programs, and even showing some key product development executives the door, backfilling their roles with willing replacements.
GM CEO Mary Barra mentioned during a November 29 investor call that the company “didn’t execute well this year as it relates to demonstrating our EV capability.” and more recently, Barra declared that the company will “adjust to where the customer is,” during a Detroit Automotive Press Association luncheon earlier this month, when asked if GM still aims to be all-electric by 2035. Pair that with a few major ICE-vehicle investments, such as nearly $900 million for production a next-generation Small Block V8 engine, and maybe, just maybe it’s not a matter of “if” the iconic muscle car comes roaring back, but “when.”