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Well, that didn't take long. The din of the marching band has barely died down from today's press conference, and Edmunds Inside Line is already citing anonymous supplier sources as saying that the Camaro will put down long, inky stripes come 2009 on the strength of today's unveiling. But it wasn't just the espresso-soaked press pool's clamoring today that may have made the difference. Concurrently with the concept's unveiling in Detroit, General Motors pulled the sheet on its crimson alter-ego at the Los Angeles Motor Show to similarly good effect.

That this news comes so hard on the heels of the car's debut also likely means one (or more) of the following is true:

  • General Motors kept tabs on the torrent of 'build it, already!!' comments that appeared in web forums worldwide when shots of the concept leaked in advance of today's debut.
  • GM took note of the similar response afforded DCX's Challenger when its photos hit the internet well in advance of its NAIAS unveiling.
  • The General was so sure that they had a hit on their hands during development that they green-lighted it earlier and are just now letting the word eke out.
  • General Motors is spawning these rumors itself (or 'allowing' them to happen) in order to gauge America's reaction to the news and base Camaro's production hopes on said feedback.
  • By jumpstarting this dialogue among enthusiasts and consumers, suppliers (or Edmund's own scribblers) are looking to wag the dog into birthing a new pony.

Regardless, the rumor mill is officially open for business.

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Bad idea. It'll bomb. GM will never learn...
      • 9 Years Ago
      The car looks fantastic. I'd take it over a Mustang any day. Hopefully they won't tone it down much for mass production (see, e.g., the entire back half of the '05 Mustang).
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hehehe...2009 is too funny. Congrats on not having a volume performance car for the BETTER PART OF A DECADE. You bowtie-wearing clowns. I'm so sick of hearing about the vaunted LS1 engine; how the Z/28 always spanked the Mustang GT. Didn't save the F-body did it? Affordable mustang had the right niche and kept on rollin', not minding. They sold 2004s and 2005s concurrently and didn't miss a beat.

      Nice one GM. Well, at least you have the unforgettable Aztec to remind you of what you accomplished in the first decade of the 2000s. -C
      • 9 Years Ago
      The front end is way too aggressively pointed and out of character.
      Needs to be flat like a 67-68.
      Hidden headlights maybe?
      It doesnt really "feel" like a retro Camaro.
      The Challenger does.. The new Mustang does too.
      Its alright to copy some design cues, but the front end is really poorly excecuted.
      If they build this, I know I wont be able to warm up to it.
      Just drop the ugly front facia, and follow suit like the competition and you might get some attention.
      Otherwise, dont bother.
      Waiting till 2009?
      Are you KIDDING me?
      Always late to the party.
      GM will you EVER learn?

      • 9 Years Ago
      Everyone is allowd thier opinions but people really need to stop complaing and hope for the best. GM pulled 1 fast one by saying the car was going into production, lets wait a few months and see if they say "Oh by the way, the camaro will be ready in 2007". I think all the buzz around this car at the shows will really kick GM in the rear and they will realize the sooner the better. As for those of you comparing this car the the new mustangs...idk how, those new stangs are UGLY and the performance just isnt there!
      • 9 Years Ago
      If GM is still existing in 2009, they should build it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I see all the anti-GM dicks have come out of the woodwork. Had it been one of their buddies overseas and it took 3 years to reach production (as it was for the FJ Cruiser), it would have been fine. But, because they want to make a product that is together at the beginning, instead of having problems that become a big public fiasco, then it's a "bad idea".
      • 9 Years Ago
      The need to cut the development time to 2 years at most. The Challenger will probably be here in the fall of 07 or spring of 08 (existing platform and engine) so this needs to be here in the summer of 08 at the latest.

      Otherwise it looks pretty good to me. The only thing I dont like is the semi-circle tail lights.

      Also this has cylinder deactivation so it will get over 30MPG that pretty damn nice.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The horsepower wars are definetly heating up, and thats a good thing for us consumers who are interested in high horsepower applications.

      I'm glad to see GM (and DCX) both targetting the pony car market to compete with Ford. Personally, I think the Challenger is a better looking vehicle, but its also not as 'futuristic' so it may grow "old" quicker, who knows.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Front end needs a lil more work imho,
      I think that they tried to mix the 73' look and the 69' look.

      Either way, flatten it out.

      And for you ford pushers(yes PUSHERS), don't scoff at a car until you drive it.

      I drove the new GT....horrible clutch response.
      Late automatic gear engagement.
      Need i continue???

      I mean yeah they may be nostalgic, but they are SLOW,
      My grand cherokee blows em all away, in fact i have never been beaten in my ZJ by one, I have creamed 2 in my mazda, they ain't as fast as you think.

      Regardless, I have had my eyes on this project for a loooong time, i will have both it and the new challenger in my possession.

      You can keep your rustangs, your fastbacks and your Freaquent On Road Debris.

      I'd take a chevy or dodge any day.

      • 9 Years Ago
      It's a shame that this 5th Generation will not be available to commemorate the anniversery of the 1st Generations' (companion) release. But it took 3 years for GM to follow F_ _ _ before.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I wish all you naysayers would shut the hell up. This new Camaro looks great. Will it get further design modifications prior to production? Of course it will...just like the 05 Stang did.

      If the quality and features are there at the right price, it will sell in droves. Bet on it.

      This is the best looking Camaro since the original bowed in the '60s.

      And this is coming from a Mustang enthusiast.

      Together with the new Challenger and Shelby GT500, an LS powered Camaro will finally give the Occidental carmakers something to get nervous about.

      Oh, and just who is "Chip Fuss"? ;-)
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