• Sep 19th 2007 at 2:07PM
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click above image to see more spy shots of the Chevy Camaro mule

Though it's been spotted bombing the boulevards of Australia, the Chevy Camaro mule seen in these pictures has not been caught testing in the U.S. until now. Insiders have confirmed this Middle Eastern-market Chevy Lumina SS mule with severely truncated rear doors is indeed a mule for the production Chevy Camaro that will hopefully go on sale as a 2009 model. Chris Doane shooting for Brenda Priddy snapped the pics and tells us that in addition to the shortened rear doors, the wheelbase is obviously shorter compared to a normal VE sedan from Holden and the roofline is also lower to the ground. Priddy adds that while we don't know what engine is in the mule, expect the production car to have your choice of GM's 3.6L direct-inject V6, a "regular" V8 and top-shelf motor based on the LS8 engine putting out close to 500 HP. A convertible should follow a year after the coupe arrives, just like the Camaro Convertible Concept showed up 365 days after the coupe concept.

[Photos: Chris Doane /Brenda Priddy & Company]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      LS8 is a terrible name for an engine that can't hold the LS7's jock.

      All motor.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Isn't it great how people leave comments that make it pretty obvious that they never read the post? Since these guys obviously know more than Chris Doane who gets paid to follow these cars, I guess Luminas in Saudia Arabia don't have handles on their back doors...
        • 8 Years Ago
        still ...................
        if you look in the back of the (Camaro Mule )
        I think you can clearly see the (LUMINA)

        P.S " I see you are mad............BUT
        We are not here to talk about politics we are here
        to talk about cars ..........cars only"
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wait a minute, I thought the exterior design for the new Camaro was pretty much finalized already. In that case, what is the point of a disguised test mule?

      You mean the one shown in the transformers movie is not how the next Camaro will look? What it the point of advertising in the movie then?
        • 8 Years Ago
        The one in the Transformers movie was just a fiberglass shell made from the prototype show car on top of a GTO chassis/unibody.

        Since the real Camaro shares a similar platform to the overseas Lumina rather than the old GTO then it makes sense to have a test mule on a car more closely related to the Camaro. This seems like a highly modified Lumina, even from the outside, you don't know what underpins it. The design is finalized doesn't mean they have worked out all the kinks as far as suspension configuration etc. For which test mules are necessary.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Ok then I don't see ANY point in advertising the Camaro in Transformers if thats not even what the production car will look like - all it will lead to is a dissapointed response when production costs drive down the bold styling/feature content.

        To use another example, Ford "advertised" the Mondeo and Aston DBR in the last Bond movie, pretty much as their production form. So if people thought they were nice cars, they could conceivably buy that same car in a year. Its not the case with the Camaro, which will obviously have some changes from the concept (shown in the movie), changes that will likely dampen the look of the cool car we saw in the movie.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Some of the posts here seem to miss the point.

      1) Reason why it's using a mule instead of Camaro exterior is that the actual production body has yet to be unveiled. You don't want to spoil the marketing thunder with a taped up car.

      2) Just because it wears a Lumina doesn't mean it's a Lumina... but I guess that's enough to fool people

      On a different point, I'm curious what the retail pricepoint will be. I've been hearing murmurs that it's going to be pricier than the Mustang (starting in the mid 20s). I wonder if there's any truth to that.
        • 8 Years Ago
        What thunder we have been looking at this car for almost two years . . . get it over and done with already. It is as if Ford would start using fake bodies to develop the Flex. It would be absurd. Especially since GM has made so much emphasis in that fact that this Camaro is going to look exactly like the concept
      • 8 Years Ago
      Its called a Holden over here
      • 8 Years Ago
      People. The mule is the Camaro's engine running in a different. The car you see here may be the new Impala, or the new Lumina. Check in the March 2007 Motor Trend Mag. I'm not 100% sure if the Lumina will make it to America, but I am 100% sure that the car you see here is NOT the Camaro we have been anticipating.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see the Chevrolet Camaro
      • 8 Years Ago
      We all knew that the concept Camoero would never see the light of day, and it's no shock that GM pissed all that money away on the Transformers movie for nothing, it's what they do.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Remeber TANKDOG,

      Reading is fundamental!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love how GM markets cars that are years away 2009-2010 camaro) and might never make it for production (Volt, Hywire). I call this GM's phantom lineup or GM's "Garage of Dreams". Needless to say potential buyers are a little disappointed when they arrive at the dealerships to find nothing of the sort advertised.
        • 8 Years Ago
        You are right Mike S. Its been one year and nine months. More than enough time to have shown at least a production ready Camaro. However, it has been so overexposed that it feel like its been a 100 years. This is going to be an OLD new car instead of an ALL new car.

        I will never understand GM's propensity to brag about the cars they don't make.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Actually it is'nt a Mid East Holden. The floor pan is from the Australian V8 Supercar series and so are the doors. Those cars are 87mm shorter in length. The Mid East Holdens are the "Ponty" G8's.
        • 8 Years Ago
        SGV, where did you see the Camaro concept in 2004? I don't remember seeing it before 2006.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I saw a heavily disguised mule just yesterday on I-64 in Hampton Roads that reminds me of this. I didn't have much time to look at it and wasn't even able to make out if it came from Ford or GM (I did notice Michigan plates), but it could have been this car. Interestingly, though, it was being trailed by a slightly disguised Mercedes S-Class or CLS (I wasn't paying much attention to that car). Anyone seen the same thing?
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