Where's the new and improved face?
When Chevrolet first revealed the facelifted 2019 Camaro, many people were outraged by the new look. The black grille and awkward placement of the bowtie ruined the otherwise pleasing aesthetic of the Camaro - we even mirrored this opinion in our review of the 2019 Camaro SS. But Chevy quickly responded to the harsh criticism of the Camaro's front end and released a SEMA concept with a new color called Shock Yellow, accompanied with a relocation of the bowtie and a body-color crossbar.
For the 2020 model year, Chevy has adopted styling elements from the Shock Concept for an emergency refresh and the new car is far better looking than the 2019 model. The 2020 Camaro should hit US dealers soon, but that doesn't mean the ugly 2019 model is dead just yet.
That's because Chevy just released a new special edition version of the 2019 Camaro called the Black Edition, which features the same Bowtie-on-crossbar front-end of the pre-emergency-facelift model. Built exclusively for the Russian market, this special edition model will be limited to just 20 units, each powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four making 275 horsepower and mated to an eight-speed automatic. But the Black Edition isn't the only Russia-only special edition coming to assault your eyeballs.
Accompanying it is the Shock Special Edition, which will wear the same bold color as the SEMA concept. But unlike the concept, this car still retains the black crossbar and Bowtie combo of the 2019 SS model. At the very least the Black Edition is painted black, hiding the awkward grill of the 2019 Camaro.
The news keeps getting worse, though, because the Shock Edition is also powered exclusively by the four-cylinder engine mated to an automatic. The Camaro Shock Edition is now on sale in Russia for 3,315,000 rubles, which converts to around $52,000. We wouldn't object to getting this color in the US to go along with the 2020 facelift, but this pre-facelifted special edition with the four-cylinder motor seems like a disappointment.