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Old 04-27-2016, 07:25 PM   #1
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What was changed for 2012 SS?

I have heard there were mechanical upgrades to the SS for the 2012 model year, does anyone know what was changed? I think some parts were improved on all SS models when the ZL1 was introduced.
I tried searching for a few minutes but didnt come up with anything.
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Old 04-27-2016, 07:37 PM   #2
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Electronic power steering. Mylink was standard. Can't remember if it was 11 or 12 when they moved the heater hoses to the side instead of on top of the engine.


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Old 04-27-2016, 07:43 PM   #3
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Electronic power steering. Mylink was standard. Can't remember if it was 11 or 12 when they moved the heater hoses to the side instead of on top of the engine.


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Old 04-27-2016, 07:43 PM   #4
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Electronic power steering. Mylink was standard. Can't remember if it was 11 or 12 when they moved the heater hoses to the side instead of on top of the engine.
No thats all the 13. 12s have hydraulic steering on the SS and no Mylink. The 12 ZL1 had electronic steering.
the 12 came with the better FE4 suspension. the dash got the leather insert. late 12s came with better synchros in the tranny.
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Old 04-27-2016, 07:52 PM   #5
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No thats all the 13. 12s have hydraulic steering on the SS and no Mylink. The 12 ZL1 had electronic steering.
the 12 came with the better FE4 suspension. the dash got the leather insert. late 12s came with better synchros in the tranny.
...disregard, I think I was incorrect
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Old 04-27-2016, 07:55 PM   #6
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Different radiator design too (not Vararam compatible).
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Thanks guys. Checked wikipedia.org and found some info:
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Changes to 2012 Chevrolet Camaro include the introduction of the 323 horsepower 3.6L direct injection V-6 LFX engine replacing the outgoing V6 engine models, a new FE4 suspension package for SS coupe (retuned front and rear dampers, new solid front (23 mm) and rear (24 mm) stabilizer bars, 20-inch aluminum wheels with P245/45R20 front and P275/40R20 rear tires (from SS)), a revised instrument panel appearance (new instrument graphics and trim), a new steering wheel design with improved ergonomics, a power lift feature for the front passenger seat, a new Rear Vision Package (a rearview camera system and an auto-dimming mirror to the existing Rear Park Assist feature), a new rear spoiler as standard, taillamps from RS appearance package option becomes standard for all vehicles. Crystal Red Tintcoat replaces Red Jewel as an exterior color.
By electonic power steering, do you mean an electric motor instead of hydraulic power steering? Or are you talking about variable assist hydraulic?
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Thanks guys. Checked wikipedia.org and found some info:


By electonic power steering, do you mean an electric motor instead of hydraulic power steering? Or are you talking about variable assist hydraulic?
It's an electric motor. So no belt, no fluid to check. Frees up a little horsepower too

More overall info: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2011/04/...vrolet-camaro/
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Old 04-27-2016, 08:53 PM   #9
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012, in my opinion, is one of the more desirable years of the original body 5th gens. It fixes and updates any earlier bugs or dislikes, but does not add or introduce annoyances found on 2013 and later like "hill assist", etc.

Overall upgrades for 2012 (not exhaustive but includes some of the mechanical you are looking for):

Interior upgrades
Electronic adjustment on passenger seats
Steering wheel changes
Power door lock switches on the doors,
Back-up camera w/rear view mirror LCD
Leather trim on the dash
Newer instrument graphics
FE4 code suspension on coupes ('12 and '13 convertibles still get FE3)
Hurst short throw shifter
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Old 04-27-2016, 10:48 PM   #10
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012, in my opinion, is one of the more desirable years of the original body 5th gens. It fixes and updates any earlier bugs or dislikes, but does not add or introduce annoyances found on 2013 and later like "hill assist", etc.

Overall upgrades for 2012 (not exhaustive but includes some of the mechanical you are looking for):

Interior upgrades
Electronic adjustment on passenger seats
Steering wheel changes
Power door lock switches on the doors,
Back-up camera w/rear view mirror LCD
Leather trim on the dash
Newer instrument graphics
FE4 code suspension on coupes ('12 and '13 convertibles still get FE3)
Hurst short throw shifter

Does yours have touch screen? Or is the back up cam only in the mirror...?
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Old 04-27-2016, 11:38 PM   #11
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12 has the back-up cam in the mirror.
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Old 04-27-2016, 11:50 PM   #12
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Does yours have touch screen? Or is the back up cam only in the mirror...?
like yzark99 said, The '12s, like mine, have the camera in the rear view mirror.
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Old 04-28-2016, 12:13 AM   #13
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Any idea why the convertible SS did not get the FE4 suspension?
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Old 04-28-2016, 12:26 AM   #14
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My SS Vert has the fe4 suspension. Also the Electric assist steering still has the hydrolic system too. When you are under 8mph the electric assist kicks in and makes it easier to turn. When you are above that, it shuts down so you have a stiffer, sportier feel
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