Monday, June 8, 2009

2010 Chevrolet Camaro

One of the most anticipated new American cars is the new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. The preproduction model shown here was displayed at the 2009 Portland International Auto Show, in advance of the beginning of production in February, 2009. The Camaro is styled with design cues from the original Camaros of the late 1960s, including the long-hood, short-deck proportions, the shape of the fenders and the gills in the rear quarter panels.

The Camaro will be available in three models:

The base LS model, starting at $22,995, and the mid-level LT are powered by a 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 with variable valve timing, rated at 300 horsepower and 273 foot-pounds of torque and with estimated fuel economy of 26 miles per gallon on the highway.

The high-performance SS model, starting at 30,995, is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine rates at 422 horsepower and 408 foot-pounds of torque with the 6-speed manual transmission or slightly less with the 6-speed automatic. The V8 engine features a cylinder displacement system that shuts off half the cylinders when not needed to deliver fuel economy of up to 23 miles per gallon on the highway. The SS will also feature performance suspension with a lower ride height.

All Camaro models feature a 6-speed transmission, either manual or automatic, six airbags, 4-wheel disk brakes with ABS, stability and traction control, and a choice of 18, 19 or 20 inch wheels. Options include leather upholstery, an ultrasonic rear parking assist system, remote start, XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth connectivity and GM's On-Star communications system.

The Camaro's interior also features styling cues that recalls the original Camaros, such as the deeply-recessed round gauges in square housings.

Chevrolet also plans a convertible version of the Camaro, that was scheduled for release in the summer of 2010.

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