Ever since General Motors ended production of its Camaro coupe back in 2002, enthusiasts have been wanting for it to return, something GM made good on in 2007 when they announced that the car, indeed, would be put back into production. All new for 2010, the latest edition of the Chevrolet Camaro is back and better than before.
I’m still a few weeks away from my first test drive, so my report is based on seeing the car at a pair of auto shows in Detroit and Los Angeles, talking with Chevrolet officials who had a hand in the design of the car, and reviewing company documentation. The newest model is sold out for the first four to six months of production, but a test vehicle will be at my local dealer within the next few weeks. I’ve already scheduled my first drive. Pricing for the base V6-powered Camaro LS will be $22,995 while the V8-powered Camaro SS will retail for $30,995. In October 2008, General Motors began taking orders for the car, a full five months before production models rolled off of a Brampton, Ontario assembly line and tires rv covers.
The Camaro is built on GM’s global rear wheel drive architecture and each engine is paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission to ensure maximum fuel efficiency. Indeed, the latest iteration of the Camaro is about 25% more efficient than the car last produced in 2002, with no sacrifice to power. Credit modern technology with helping the coupe maximize horsepower while eating up less gas and emitting fewer pollutants.
Key features of the car include four-wheel disc brakes systems across the entire model line; six standard air bags, Bluetooth phone connectivity, remote vehicle starting system, four-wheel independent suspension, OnStar, XM Satellite Radio and more. Many of the features found on the 2010 didn’t even exist in 2002, so great is the difference between the two models.
Both the LS and LT models are powered by a 3.6L engine with variable timing included in an effort to optimize fuel performance and fuel economy. Still, this engine will achieve 300 horsepower and 273 lb.-feet of torque and get 27 mpg on the highway.
A high-performance Camaro SS with a monstrous 6.2L V8 is also available, yielding 422 horsepower and 408 lb.-feet of torque. That engine is based on the LS3, a powerplant that can be found under the hood of a Corvette.
Matthew C. Keegan is a freelance writer who resides in North Carolina. Matt is a contributing writer for Andy’s Auto Sport an aftermarket supplier of quality parts including Chevy Camaro wheels and Chevy Camaro rims.
Collector Car Market Report – 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 market has softened significantly in the last 12-18 months. The global recession is being felt in the collector car market. A few years ago, a 1969 Camaro Z28, any Camaro really, looked to be a Rocketship investment, regularly reaching six-figure bids. Now, good to great examples can be had for between $40-$60k.
That said, first generation Camaros have a lot going for them that will always keep them desirable. Secondly, the all-new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro was designed specifically as a modern version of the 1969 classic. Finally, they are oh so fun to drive!
To keep your car burning rubber now and into the future, aftermarket, NOS, and factory-authorized reproduction parts are plentiful. The first-generation Camaro is probably one of the easiest cars to keep on the road out there. Perhaps the most important thing to look out for when shopping is rust, which can be hiding just about anywhere. Don’t assume the owner has been vigilant. Dig deep to prove it for yourself.
Besides that, make sure the car is original and not a clone, unless you want a clone, which can save you thousands of dollars for 90% of the fun. Also, these are not refined luxury automobiles and will always squeak and rattle. Whether you’re a Whether you’re a die-hard Camaro disciple or just want a great muscle car, first generation Camaros are easy to fix, to restore to original or to customize to your heart’s content.
Chris also follows the collector car market closely and launched CarAuctionWatch.com to help collectors and enthusiasts see what their dream cars are running for.
An Introduction to the Chevrolet Camaro
The Chevrolet Camaro first came into being in the USA in 1966. General Motors, Chevrolet’s parent company, had to develop a car to give much needed competition to the market dominating Ford Mustang. The 1967 Camaro shared a chassis and many main components with the Pontiac Firebird (one more General Motors company), and so the speed and finances needed to make the Camaro were massively reduced.
Often called a muscle car, or ‘Pony’ car, a term that back then referred to compact cars that were affordable and had a sports feel about their looks (a style initiated by the Ford Mustang in 1964), the Camaro joined an ever increasing selection of vehicles that were pushing for an ever growing demand. US buyers loved the engine, the look and the low cost of such vehicles and the growing sales guaranteed that plenty of manufacturers made their own variations out as rapidly as possible.
The 1970’s and 80’s saw the Camaro’s heyday, when the car was sought after by millions of car enthusiasts, not only in the States but across the globe. The balance of looks, performance and various TV shows romanticizing muscle cars contributed to a massive demand, and the desire for enthusiasts to own one never disappeared.
Five distinct generations of the car have been built. Generations one to four were produced between 1966 and 2002 (when producing of the Camaro and Firebird both ceased), and production of the fifth generation Camaro started again in 2009 and even with opposition to such environmentally unfriendly muscle cars from environmental campaigners, the Camaro has been shown to once again be a big success with the North American public.
The Camaro was at times available in a hardtop and a convertible, the convertible was hugely popular with buyers from sea bordering areas who loved the thought of driving along the beach side streets with the roof down, the stereo up and the baseball caps on. A variety of Camaro’s have appeared on screen, most notably a Camaro was the vehicle mode car for the Bumblebee character from the 2007 feature film Transformers, being both a 1976 second generation model, and later in the movie moving to a 5th-generation version. The Camaro has a huge number of enthusiasts with some owners having owned every version of the car at one time or another and others holding on to 1960’s variations and maintaining them in pristine condition.
The car has been a very popular car for modification during the car’s lifetime, with many buyers spending time and cash adding aftermarket additions to improve their car’s looks and power. Camaro’s have also been hugely strong in racing winning many Trans-Am series titles and any number of other races and championships through its lifetime. Plenty of racers still use old generation Camaro’s even now and are still very successful, winning against much more modern cars.
The Camaro is still with us today, and with its history, performance and eye-catching looks from the latest incarnation, the car is sure to be around for years to come. This piece was written by Jake Dean from Next Concept Cars. The greatest website for up to date news, the greatest reviews and details on the latest concept cars, muscle cars and the latest on the Camaro Z28.
The Chevrolet Camaro is Back in 2010
After more than 5 long years of being out of production, the 2010 Chevy Camaro has arrived back on the scene with ferocious desire to eat up and destroy its competition. When the Camaro went out of production after the 2002 models, it depressed long-time Camaro fans around the world, and most thought it would never return.
Ford Mustang on Cruise Control
With the Camaro gone, the Ford Mustang didn’t have much competition in the form of pony cars, so Ford had a short period of “cruising” time to make and sell the mediocre Mustang to people who really didn’t have any other choices. The 2010 Camaro has changed all of that.
Camaro Beats The Ford Mustang
Not only is the new Camaro back from the dead, but its faster, more powerful, better handling, more luxurious and more desirable than ever! The Camaro SS houses a 6.2-liter 426 horsepower engine that runs a 4.6 second 0-60 and a 13.0 second quarter mile. The Ford Mustang’s lousy 4.6-liter, 315 horsepower engine lags far behind in the race to be the best new pony car for 2010… The Chevy Camaro easily takes the lead.
The Camaro has also upgraded the 2010 braking system to the high-performance 4-piston Brembo brakes and 20-inch wheels fused with Pirelli P245/45ZR-20 tires on the SS version. This has a lot of Camaro fans raging, as most sports car enthusiast tend to upgrade their brakes after purchasing, this no longer needs to be done. The Camaro comes ready for stop and go performance all around.
The smooth interior offers a contemporary retro fitting of digital gauges and options but is done so in perfect harmony with the overall appearance of the vehicle. With many options available, there’s going to be a perfect personality fit for just about everyone looking to buy a 2010 Camaro.
2010 Camaros For Sale
If you are even thinking about purchasing a new 2010 Camaro, then I suggest you place your order today before you miss the opportunity!