A pony car/muscle car first released in the September of 1966. It was intended as a direct competitor to the Mustang. Although the Camaro has never failed to whip the Mustang in races year after year, the Mustangs outsells the Camaro by a huge margin (more than 3:1), and so the Camaro is to be killed 36 years after it began, in the September of 2002.
The Camaro V6 is a piece of crap in my opinion. Although it looks like a V8 Camaro (Z28 and SS), its 200 hp 3.8L engine doesn't give the heavy car much credit. The only advantages of owning a Camaro V6 are lower insurance costs, better fuel mileage, and lower intial cost (it costs around $4,000 less than the Z28, and around $8,000 less than the SS.
The Camaro Z28 is, in my opinion, the "real" Camaro. It only costs around $22,500, and its 310 hp 5.7L V8 engine allows it to acclerate from 0-60 MPH in 5.2 seconds.
The Camaro SS costs around $4,000 more than the Z28, but the gains are small; the ram-air hoods allows 325 hp, which translates into a slightly lower 5.1 second 0-60 time. Although not as good a value as the Z28, the SS is still a great value when compared to other sports cars.
The only car that can match the Camaro's great power and value is the Pontiac Firebird, which is its twin anyway.