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2010 Chevrolet Camaro - Review

 

Green may be the wave of the future, but the V-8-powered, rear-wheel-driven, two-plus-nobody-seater 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS is a glorious whiff of the past. You can almost smell the leaded gas that used to course through its granddaddy's blood. And real or not, for sure, that lead makes its way into your right foot the moment you key the ignition and its Corvette-donated heart throbs with life.

Chevrolet's the last of the musclecar trio to bring its ponycar back to life. The Ford Mustang's always been with us, though now the new 2010 version mellows its Sixties retro styling cues with some fashion-forward creases. The Dodge Challenger? Reborn in 2008 in hoary SRT8 form, it's the very essence of the Summer of Love original, from its 425-hp V-8 to its broad, flat hood and trunklid. For 2010, the Camaro's the last on the show stand, but like the others, an instant classic. Check out the SS from the rear quarters, and you'll see what gets Camaro fans lusting. The fenders swell, the front end shovels its face full of tarmac (and in SS trim, cuts through the dark with HID headlamps) and the chopped roof squats on top of the menacing wedge like a redneck gun turret. Does it look exactly like a Sixties Camaro? No, but it's so evocative, it's easy to overlook the thick side and tall shoulder that today's safety standards dictate.

Chevy designers have flavored its cockpit with heritage cues, like the 4-pack of gauges that sit in front of the shifter in SS Camaros. The primary gauges sit square-eyed in the space behind the dished steering wheel, and a bladed shift level is a short reach away. Still, in many ways, the Camaro's interior is just plain. There's lots of black plastic to examine at stoplights, and the aqua LCD readouts distract from the overall feel. Order the special interior trim packs and the RS kit and the Camaro SS cabin wakes up with orange trim and stitching and special wheels to compensate for the well-fitted but sometimes dull interior. You can't tweak the Challenger like that, and its interior is far more pedestrian. As for the Mustang, it's tipped over into the modern era, especially when you order its navigation system and confront a big TV screen squat in the middle of its center control stack.

All Camaro - or Corvette? - under the skin
Enough about the look. One glance and you know if you're in or out. It's the driving experience that shatters even a Ford guy's notion of what a Camaro can be. Especially with the Corvette-derived V-8 and a beefy Tremec six-speed manual shifter, the Camaro comes as close to 'Vette performance as Chevy's marketers will allow.

Base Camaros offer what's probably the best all-around engine ever jammed into a Chevy pony car. The 3.6-liter direct-injected V-6 also occupies the engine bay in some versions of the Cadillac CTS, and it's a fine piece, producing a V-8-like 304 horsepower with 29-mpg EPA-rated highway fuel economy that rivals some four-cylinder cars. With a manual transmission, the V-6 Camaro manages 17 mpg in the city, a mile per gallon more if you choose the automatic.

The 2010 Camaro SS has a Corvette-derived, 6.2-liter V-8 stuffed into the engine bay. Manual SS Camaros breathe out 426 horsepower, but automatics drop that figure to 400 hp.

 
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  1. Good and frank review... yeah it's all about the V8 with the manual transmission for this Camaro.
     
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  2. I know that the old GM put this out, but if the new GM can make all of the new models as big of a winner as this it will be a whole new car market in a few years.

    But who dropped to ball on that instrament cluster. How could anyone look at that all day. Oh well not everythings perfect.

    Nicely done GM.

    Its been a while since anyone could say that!!
     
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  3. Why can't the auto with the V8 get better power? Seems unfair to penalize people who have poor hand eye coordination who need an auto like me
     
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  4. I saw one in person on the street for the first time, very good looking car. Better looking than my 08 Mustang, I'd say. But I thought that back when the previous Camaro was for sale, but I still bought a Mustang then, too.
    So, the real question is, will this Camaro survive? Will it outsell the Mustang?
     
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  5. of course it will outsell the mustang. everyone has a mustang! !!! hahah! everybody and their brother has one. they r not interesting anymore. they r much slower and dont look as good as the camaro....and they r more expensive!!! this is what many americans have been waiting for.... a car that will be better than the mustang in almost every way possible like price, performance, and styling.
     
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  6. ford will loose a lot of money because of the new camaro
     
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