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Edmunds Inside Line
2010 Chevrolet Camaro: From Concept to Production
If there's ever been a Camaro that says "bad ass" like
the first Camaro did, this is it, hands down.
The Chevrolet Camaro Concept looks like the
car you drive if your name is "Butch" and
you strike matches on your stubble. The
styling elements recapture that crucial aspect
of the original design philosophy; a rebellious
one that fell through the cracks as the decades poured on after 1969.
The designer of the Camaro Concept Coupe and the
Camaro Convertible Concept, Sangyup Lee, had no idea t
he Chevrolet Camaro was so iconic. "I was kind of glad I didn't
know how strong of an icon the Camaro was when I was first
working on the project," he admits. Working without pressure
allowed him to come up with the vicious concept everyone's
talking about. Gills in front of the rear wheel arches evoke the original
car while radical angles are said to be inspired by planes like the YF-22 fighter jet.
We've driven the silver Camaro Concept, which debuted
at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show. It was built on a heavily
modified Cadillac STS platform, and bits from many
rear-wheel-drive General Motors vehicles were used to
make the concept drivable. But the result was a taut and
virtually rattle-free ride. We had expected the concept
to be a veritable rattletrap, being hand-assembled and all.
And we love being wrong about things like this.
Performing as it always has, the 400-horsepower
LS-2 6.0-liter V8 provided far more power than we
ventured to tap, fearing instant ejection from the GM
proving grounds. Monster 14-inch front rotors easily
burned off the modest speeds we achieved.
The huge 21- and 22-inch Goodyears did their jobs without protest.
GM gave the Chevrolet Camaro Concept a green light
for production in August 2006. According to GM
Chairman Rick Wagoner, the 2010 Chevy Camaro will
be "virtually identical" to Lee's concept. That's a good
thing. The Ford Mustang concept in 2003 was a far cry
from the car that came to showrooms in 2005.
Hopefully the road-going Camaro will come with the
bulging rear fenders and sinister chop-top roof that
make the concept look so evil.
Despite still being two full years away, America has
already been exposed to the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro
in three forms; coupe, convertible and er...Transformer.
Chevy's upcoming muscle car has a lead role as "Bumblebee"
in this summer's blockbuster, The Transformers. And
while driving the $2-million Camaro Convertible Concept
was an experience, we had the opportunity to rip
burnouts in the bright orange Bumblebee movie car
while the Paramount guys weren't looking. And no, it
doesn't actually turn into a giant robot.
By the time the Camaro makes showroom floors, it'll need
to be ready for stoplight battles with the Dodge Challenger
and the existing Ford Mustang, both of which will already
be roaming the streets. Strapped with a familiar LS2 V8,
impromptu drag races shouldn't pose a problem whether
you're using the standard six-speed automatic transmission
or rowing through the six-speed manual. And it might not
even be so bad to commute with, either.
The production car will be built off a derivative of GM's
new Zeta platform, developed by GM's Australian wing,
Holden, and shared with that company's new Commodore.
That means MacPherson struts up front and a fully
independent rear suspension. If GM can stick to the
game plan, the 2010 Chevy Camaro might be more than
enough to fight off the Challenger, the Mustang and the
evil forces of the Decepticons. So dust off your leather
jacket and start growing that facial hair.
Car & Drivers Sept 08 issues list:
Estimated Base Price
* DOHC 24-valve V-6, 300hp, 270lb-ft; pushrod 16-valve V-8, 395-420 hp, 395-408 lb-ft.
6-speed automatic with manumatic shifting, 6-speed manual.
Wheelbase: 112.3 in Length: 189.6 in Width: 75.9 in Height: 53.8in Curb weight: 3750-4000lb
Performance (C/D EST, V-8 engine)
Zero to 60 mph - 4.8 - 5.1 sec
Standing 1/4 mile - 13.3 - 13.9 sec
Projected Fuel Economy (C/D Est
EPA city driving: 15 - 17 mpg
EPA highway driving: 24 - 26 mpg
*Horsepower and torque figures are manufacturer's estimates.