Chevrolet Camaro: American Muscle Car
Motoring Channel Staff - 22/July/2008
Three engine types will be offered in the
2010 Chevrolet Camaro: a V6 and two V8s
Tested and engineered by some of Holden's best
chassis technicians, the Camaro has an Aussie link
The Camaro's designers have been brave in
crafting an original and highly presentable
cabin, using classic elements to great effect
Powered by both V6 and V8 GM powerplants,
the Chevrolet Camaro has plenty of muscle
The attention to detail seen on the cockpit heralds
a new era in interior design for GM and Chevrolet
Detroit, America —
Though it won't be rolling down the manufacturing lines until mid
February in 2009, the new Chevrolet Camaro has finally broken cover.
As one of the most anticipated cars in America for the past decade, we give you the Chevy Camaro.
delivers all of the things that make Chevrolet such a revered, global
brand," said Ed Peper, GM North America vice president at the launch.
"It competes with the world’s best sports cars and does so with
styling, fuel economy and value our competitors simply can’t
new model will rival vehicles such as the Ford Mustang, but because
the new Camaro has independent suspension front and rear it is expected
to be a better handling car.
rear-wheel drive vehicle has been engineered by Holden in Australia,
and its 1700kg (3747 lbs) is split fairly evenly over the front and
rear axles 52:48.
brawny sports car has strong connections with Australia and even had
its own private launch party at GM Holden's HQ at Fisherman's Bend in
The Camaro's exterior design
manager, Australian Peter Hughes, said he wanted the vehicle to
be distinctly Camaro: "We're incredibly proud of how faithful the
production version is to the original concept.
is a 21st century sports car that acknowledges its iconic heritage,
while at the same time is smoothly integrated into a very contemporary
exterior," Hughes said.
you see on the right side of this web page is how the new model will
appear when it finally goes on sale in 2009, melding modern and classic
design cues into a distinctly sporty shape.
"The new Camaro is just that – new," said Ed Welburn, who is the vice president of GM Global Design.
acknowledge the nameplate's strong heritage in the design," continued
Welburn, "but recognise that keeping this modern sports car relevant
meant more than simply honoring a classic car.
"The line forms, stance and overall execution are consistent with other new Chevrolets," stated Welburn.
bold muscle car look, General Motors will initially offer 3.6-litre V6
models (featuring engines similar to those used in the Holden
Commodore) and 6.2-litre V8 models, the latter featuring cylinder
deactivation for improved fuel efficiency.
6-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available on V6 and V8
models and transfer engine power to the rear wheels.
will be LS, LT, SS Chevrolet Camaro models, along with an RS 'sports'
package that includes HID headlights, 20-inch wheels and a rear spoiler.
LS and LT Camaro models get FE2 sport suspension and the SS models
come with FE3 performance suspension that also lowers the
car's ride height.
The high performance Camaro SS model will come with improved equipment, such
as a 4-pot Brembo brakes, a more aggressive look and feel, and an upgraded interior.
Outputs for the engines are as follows:
3.6-litre V6: 224kW (300hp) & 370Nm
6.2-litre V8: 315kW (422hp) & 553Nm
new 3.6-litre V6 engine features direct injection which hikes power and
torque levels significantly, while also reducing fuel consumption and
is expected to be fitted to high grade VE Commodores in the near
future, such as the SV6 model.
Chevrolet estimates that the 3.6-litre V6 models will use 9.0L/100km (26 MPG).
the V8 Camaro with the 6-speed manual uses the LS3 V8 engine and gets a
tasty launch control feature, V8 Camaros with the 6-speed automatic
gearboxes get the new L99 engine, which features cylinder
This system shuts down four
cylinders under light engine loads, during highway cruising for
instance, and uses 10.2L/100km (23 MPG) which is pretty good for a
6.2-litre 8-cylinder engine.
However the new L99 engine,
which will also be making its debut in a Holden Commodore later in the
year, produces slightly less power:299kW (400hp) and 535Nm of torque.
Chevrolet's new Camaro hits American streets in 2009, it will do battle
with vehicles such as the Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang, which also
offer V6 and V8 powerplants.
There has however been talk
that General Motors would offer a low emission, low consumption
4-cylinder turbo engine in the new Camaro in a couple of years time.
the idea of a 4-cylinder muscle car may be at odds with its heritage,
such a vehicle would make it more popular among the growing group of
car buyers who are feeling the pinch of high petrol prices.
Using a 4-cylinder engine would also make it more appealing to export markets outside of America.
interior in particular will be one of the talking points of the
Chevrolet Camaro, showing off a number of retro design cues such as the
bold instrument cluster and concave steering wheel.
rectangular ancillary gauges above the gear shifter add a special
custom car air to the cabin, juxtaposed by the thoroughly
modern-looking HVAC and stereo controls.
looking for high tech functionality won't be disappointed either, as
things like Bluetooth phone connectivity, remote vehicle starting
system, a premium Boston Acoustics audio system, USB connectivity,
ultrasonic rear parking assist plus OnStar and XM Satellite Radio will be offered.
Safety systems include six airbags and electronic stability control.
the Chevrolet Camaro 2-door coupe, the American car maker will also
sell a Camaro convertible, which will be released shortly after its
hard-top cousin in early 2009.
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